Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paper Things

Obviously we're fans of journals here at BBAC, but lately my obsession is creating cards for family and friends.  Our Etsy shop has lots of cool hand-stamped and eco-friendly cards and I love to stamp.  Yet, sometimes a more elegant card is called for.  Something truly unique which is closer to a miniature work of art.
A few weeks ago I attended Tara Hu's month long journal making class at the Mennonite Church in Oneonta, NY.  The last week she was kind enough to provide all of the materials to make cards- exotic hand-made paper from China and Japan, blank cards, calligraphy brushes and ink, stamps and ink, and newspaper.  In less than 2 hours I produced 5 cards that were professional looking and gift worthy.
I was very excited to send my hand-made cards out into the world.  Mixing collage with card making is a lot easier than I realized- as long as all of the materials are present.  Next time I'll incorporate watercolors into the mix.

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