If you haven’t made a card for your dad yet, you still have time! I decided to make this card from one of my Golden Half prints. A photo of you and your dad together would be really great for this project!
I’d love to see a photo if you make a card for your dad. My dad does not use a computer, so I don’t have to worry about him seeing this early!
I love making cards for the holidays instead of buying them. A very simple one to make is the green Christmas tree card shown below.
Materials: 1 sheet white cardstock 1 sheet light green cardstock 1 sheet dark green cardstock Ruler Exacto Knife (scissors work if you do not want perfect edges) Glue Stick
Directions: 1- Cut white card stock to 8 x 5.5″ and fold in half so that the card is 4 x 5.5 2- Cut 3 strips of dark green paper (3.25″, 2″ and 1″) 3- Cut 3 strips of light green paper (2.5″, 1.5″ and .5″) 4- Glue the green strips to your white card 5- Personalize your card with a message on the inside and you are done! This size card fits into a standard A-2 envelope.
If you don’t have time to make cards yourself I just updated my Etsy shop with lots of them. Check them out!
I am staring to post some kits in my Etsy shop! My first one is vacation themed. This is a fun pack filled with lots of items perfect for use on your visual journals, mixed media projects, scrapbook pages, cards, gift tags or any other crafty adventures.
Kit Includes: + Black and White Vacation Photo (5.25 x 7.5″) + Map Paper Square (6″) + Blue Card Stock Square (6″) + Olive Card Stock (5.5 x 7.5″) + Lined Paper (7 x 6″) + Vacation Check List Paper + Bon Voyage Tag + White Tag with String + Sky and Water Photo Stripes (Misc Sizes) + 2 Map and Vacation Themed paper circles (1.5″) + 2 Colored circles (1.5″) + 2 craft paper leaves + 2 colored paper leaves + 3 blue/teal buttons + 4 brass brads + Pinch of small paper circles + Hemp Cord + Square Vellum Envelope (7.5″)
If I were going to buy every piece of artwork that I love, I would be buying something almost daily. Like most people, I can not buy everything that I want. Over the past few years, I have found a few ways to collect art on a budget and thought it would be nice to share some of my discoveries. I like to shop local whenever possible. You get to support the people around you and get to see the artwork in person before purchasing.
Art Markets are a great place to find a wide variety of local artists. A few of my favorite markets in New Orleans:
Local Artist. Not all artist have the opportunity to participate in the local art markets so search online for some great finds and look around for some small neighborhood galleries.
Even if an artist’s website does not have a shopping cart most photographers, designers and other artist would be happy to sell their work. You can even ask an artist to create something special for you.
DIY. If you can not afford to buy artwork, then do it yourself!
Painting/art classes are fun to do with friends and you get an original work of art to go home with! Avenue Art on Harrison Avenue has a great class and does not require any previous knowledge or skills.
Framing recycled fabric samples, unique paper swatches from craft stores or old postcards is a great and economical way create to artwork.
Antique or Thrift Stores. Buy old works of art and freshen them up by adding your own touches, or just hang the lucky finds right on the wall.
There are also a few non-local options that I love for finding art on a budget:
Last Saturday evening I met a few friends for a painting class at Avenue Art on Harrison Avenue, “Avenue Art After Dark.” I didn’t really know what to expect out of the class. But I figured with wine, cheese, painting and friends, you can’t go wrong.
That is until you try to drink your paint-filled water and dip your brush into your red wine a few times. After I got my cups straight the class was really great! There were people who had never picked up a paint brush and others with painting experience.
The instructor began painting the image onto her canvas layer by layer and everyone followed her lead. By the end of the class, everyones artwork was really impressive. Some people strictly followed the sample, others took some creative leeway. I was so proud of all of these people that I had just met! I can not wait to go back!