Monday, July 26, 2010

flat note cards

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I like having small flat cards handy to send a quick message to the kids' teachers, to write a thank you or to attach to a gift. The only thing is that I'm very bad about purchasing any. I like to make my own. I prefer the handmade kind (block printing) but in a pinch the printed versions work out just fine.


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For this recipe you'll need:
• A few photographs that have interesting patterns and shapes
• Pencil and paper for sketching
• A scanner
• A color palette of your choice



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First I sketched out some shapes that I saw in my inspiration photos. I scanned them into my computer and imported the images into Illustrator. I drew on top of the images to trace them out and started playing with patterns and layouts. The grid like pattern of the beige poster gave me the idea of the band of parallelograms, while the randomness of the garden panel gave me the idea for the floral type card. The color combination was also inspired by the photos themselves.

There is no right or wrong way to do this. You could probably use the same photos I used as my inspiration and come up with something completely different. The idea is to play around with shape, pattern, negative space and color.

After I completed my designs I created a PDF file where 4 cards fit on a letter-sized page. Each card is a standard A2 size (5.5" x 4.25").
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Here is how the cards turned out. I definitely like these colors but I will also be adding a set with brighter colors like oranges and blues—the more the merrier!

6 comments:

  1. what a great idea! I always think I need to do folding cards, but the flat card is so simple and great for a quick note :-)

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  2. Love it! Cool to see how you extracted your patterns from the inspiration items.

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  3. Maralee - I love flat cards! You have no idea how many times they've saved me when I'm in a hurry. I've also used them as gift tags. I punch a couple of holes on one end of the card, put a ribbon through it and voila = Gift ready to go!

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  4. I really love these cards! The flower print is great. I, too, use that method of sketching doodles and then scanning them in to trace them into a computer program. I love your colors. Thank you,
    CK

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  5. These can be mailed too! Use a 28-cent stamp and write "Post Card" at the top, on the side with the message.

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