Making Cards

I previously wrote about my ‘unsuccessful’ prints.   What made them ‘unsuccessful’ was partly because the print didn’t come out well on the paper for framing and partly because they were blah.  So, I fixed them up and made them less blah.  In fact, some of them turned out really well.  Unfortunately they were still ‘unsuccessful’ because the print on the edges was messy or it didn’t register perfectly.  I still hung onto them as I thought I could still sell them as collage paper.  That never happened.  I mentioned that I went to a craft show in London and bought some card stock.  In fact, I have 150 blank cards, 6×6 inches.  These are the perfect size for my ‘unsuccessful’ prints as I made them on the 6×6 inch gelli-plate.  Yesterday I spent the afternoon cutting down my prints and made them into cards.  Guess what?!  They make great cards!

Downloads2This came about because I needed a nice card for a birthday.  My husband thinks I should pack them up and sell them in my Etsy Shop.  I am not sure about that as I haven’t been too successful selling anything on there.  But I am toying with the idea for Christmas Cards as I purchased  some stencils that I was wanting to make cards with. (That’s another blog post altogether.)

Once I had finished the cards above, I went through a bunch of what I thought were successful prints, but to me just seemed blah now, so I reworked some of those too and made them into cards.  I don’t think they are something I would want to sell, but I am getting a huge stash of cards that I would be happy to send out to family and friends.  Another good thing about that is that they are original and one of a kind, never to be repeated – and that my friends is the beauty of making monotypes.  So, instead of felting another sleepy animal, I spent the afternoon making cards, playing with paint and a glue stick.  Not a bad way to spend the afternoon!

 

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Easy Peasy Christmas Cards

I know, we didn’t even have Thanksgiving yet!  The stores are filled with Christmas items and there are sales going on everywhere.  There is a big retail panic going on.  Christmas is no longer a ‘thing’ for me.  I don’t need anything, except a new kitchen sink and that will be my Christmas present, really.  Sometime in December I will haul down the 3 foot pink tree, already decorated and laden with baubles, from the loft.  That will be my tribute to Christmas.  Although I grew up with Christmas being a big celebration and I loved it as much as any child, I am not a religious person and no longer feel that I need to get into the Christmas spirit, whatever that may be.

However, I do like to send out cards.  I made some cards last year and only have a few left over.  Luckily I found some more blank card stock.  The problem with my card stock is that when you stick something onto it, the card is very difficult to get into the envelope. That’s what happens when you buy cheap card stock.  To get around this, I used the gelli-plate.  It is easy to make tree stencils and they fit the size of my card.  I used both the positive and negative parts of the stencil.  Here is a sample:

xmas cardsAs you can see, they are all different.  I used some gelatos to fill in some bits where the paint didn’t stick and I got a nice grunge effect on some of the cards.  I didn’t wipe my gel plate.  I used student grade paint which is great to use on the gel plate and as most likely these may end up ultimately in the recycling bin.  I also had some Christmas washi tape purchased at Lidl that I used to embellish some of the cards.  These didn’t take long to make and I had a bit of fun too!

40% Off Etsy Sale!

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Flowerburst – Acrylic on Canvas Board – 10×12 inches

Hello everyone, I am having another Etsy Sale!  This time I am offering a whopping 40% off with a minimum spend of £50!  Most of my paintings are not much bigger than the one above, so this is a good time to order a couple or a few, as we know that unless you are going BIG, smaller paintings and prints look better in a group, as below.

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The reason behind this massive sale is that many items will expire on the 2nd of April and I will not be relisting most of them as I am working on new projects.  At the beginning of the year, I reduced the prices of many of my paintings and kept the prices of the prints reasonably low.

I am running out of space on my walls!  Everything you see on my wall below is listed on my Etsy site and will be shipped with the mat (NOT framed).

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Here are a couple of ideas for groups:

 

Remember, these are all originals and when they are gone, they are gone!  I made my first Etsy Sale this week!  One of my little paintings went to live in the USA!  I hope it gets there quickly and in one piece!

In the meantime, you can visit my shop by clicking here or on the link in the sidebar.  I would be really grateful if you would share with your friends if you think they would be interested.  Thank you for stopping by!