{this continues an article first published in Jacqueline’s Nov- Dec 2012 Studio Letter }

RANDOM COLLAGE CARDS

FOR HOLIDAY GREETINGS

One of my very favorite ways to make a unique, personal and very special greeting card is what I call “Random Collage Cards”. It is a way to make a collage without a plan and they always come out beautiful! These cards are easy to create in batches once you have the full page collage made. Buying pre-cut blank greeting cards can save time too. And if you fear running out of time for creating those special Xmas or Hanukkah greetings  – these collage cards work equally well for New Years Greetings. See the Nov/Dec 2012 Studio Letter for my favorite quote resources for a wealth of words to make these cards treasured gifts for the special people in your life.

Here’s what I do……

I start with an 8.5” x 11” piece of colored card stock as a base. The reason I choose a color is so that if some of it happens to show through, it is still attractive.  I then proceed to cover this entire page with bits and pieces of colored, metallic and decorative papers. This is a perfect way to use that collection of paper that you been saving but were never quite sure for what !

I tear and cut the papers into irregularly shaped pieces of various sizes – most under about  1 ½”  and glue them down to the card stock. I use a glue stick – preferably UHU brand  – it is fast – easy – not very messy and you probably have a few sticks tucked away!

For the holidays I would choose holiday colors like red and green or blue and silver. But be free and let some other colors sneak in. This is the perfect time to use up some small bits of old music, maps and/or dictionary pages. It’s also a good place to use metallic candy wrappers and other foiled type papers. How about all those beautiful little pieces of Chrismas and winter time wrapping paper?  What additions they would make to the random beauty  of these collage sheets! Once everything is glued down I go over it with a brayer or rolling pin to make sure that all of the edges are down tight. I then wrap the sheet in waxed paper and put it under weights (books are good for this) and let it dry for a few hours.

Once I am sure that it is dry, I turn it over, so that I cannot see the collage part.  Working like this, from the back of the sheet, I start cutting it down. I like to use squares and rectangles in my card designs, so usually I will choose a couple of sizes of squares and start cutting.. The card pictured is made with 1” squares.  I have made some cards with just one 2” x 3” rectangle mounted on colored card stock and I have grouped up to nine squares (as shown) to form a design on the front of a card. You’ll note on the sample I have added metallic swirls and a message in gold paint marker. Embellish to your ‘arts content – save small pieces of paper to decorate your holiday greeting envelope too.

I usually cut my cards to fit into an A-6 size envelope.  I cut my card stock to 6 ¼” by 9” which when folded gives me a 4 ½” x 6 ¼” card which fits in an A-6 envelope. I buy my A-6 envelopes from Hollos Papercraft.  Hollos’ large facility is located in Brunswick Ohio [a little south of Cleveland]. I make a field trip there about once a year to stock up on card stock and envelopes. It is the best place that I have found. Their website says “limited mail order availability”  but I am sure that if you have a particular color and size of envelope in mind they can accommodate you. They sell the envelopes both by the box and individually. They also have some sets of colored card stocks with matching envelopes.  Many of your craft stores now have sets of cards and envelopes that you can use as well.

Also don’t miss Chris’ article in the Nov/Dec 2012 Studio Letter detailing my favorite card making resources and supplies. {Resources article also available in the adjacent blog post}

Peace & Joy,

Jacqueline