Monday, July 26, 2010
flat note cards
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.
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
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").
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!