Making Handmade Cards

It has been 18 months since quitting the Farmer’s Market and for about a year no new handmade cards were coming from my craft desk. It has been a mixed relief and a sadness for this creator.

Having a ten year relationship with the Homestead Museum,  I received an invitation for a craft presentation for Christmas 2015. It was fun to work on that Holiday project. The invitation reminded me of their annual Ticket to the Twenties Event and I am so happy to have a vendor spot at this event for 2016 on October 1 and 2, 3pm to 7pm both days.

This was a chance to respark the activity of making handmade cards again. The target is different because the Twenties era is the theme and designing with art deco inspirations started in May.

Creating my own tiles for folding was my main objective for the October event. I will outline the process in this ongoing blog.tea-bag-folding-tiles

The small print of the three girls was bought at the Pasadena Flea Market. On the back it is penciled 1925. Artist is John Smith. The fashion dress girl is original design I worked on this summer. The jury is still not out on it as a folding tile. The others are clip art I modified for my folding purposes. I used the old-fashion cut and paste, plus scan with the help of the free program LunaPic.  This project has been enjoyable. See the Festival information at Homestead Museum Ticket to the Twenties Festival and my Event invite on Facebook Event Announcement.

I have a bucket hat, white blouse and skirt to wear for the roaring twenties theme and I hope to see you there.

Making  Handmade Cards for Ticket to the Twenties

Update Sept. 16, 2016 – Step One

After a square tile, using LunaPic, has been designed it is time to print some tea bag folding tiles. The free program for this task is Apache Open Office 4. Use the Drawing tab to size and place 2 inch squares, then print. This part of the designs has taken considerable time. I located and learned the nuances of the two programs mentioned. There is some satisfaction knowing I can reuse the skills learned for other themed greeting cards.


I have been making cards in this assembly line fashion for about 10 years. The first task is fold embellishments. For this art deco themed project all the finished embellishments are going into a pink depression bowl.

art-deco-card-ideas art-deco-cards


As the process advances I will post more pictures.

Making Handmade Cards

Update Sept. 23, 2016 – Step Two

Now I sit down at the craft desk. At the moment the desk is in the dining room. Remember that it does not matter where in your house you do crafting, it is your passion and your house.

This part of the process is doing the color mix and matching. I take one embellishment and coordinate with the trove of papers collected to formulate a unique design. Prompts are taken from the embellishment, the papers, ribbons, punches, theme goals, and last spontaneity to form a design.

The main goal is to formulate the theme and colors, cut backgrounds or choose the background colors and select the cardstock for the card. I use solid colored cardstock and all hues of whites. Each loosely designed card is stacked and set aside for gluing and final finishes.

This phase will have me walking to two different rooms in the house because storage of supplies is not centralized. At the beginning of this art endeavor everything was in the master bedroom closet, but supplies are everything to the craft person and other cabinets started being filled.


At the lower right of this pic is a growing stack of loosely designed greetings.

This procedure can be applied to cards designed with cricut machines and producing diecuts.

Final Card Making Step

Update Oct. 8, 2016 – Step Three

In the photo above at the lower left are the predesigned cards. I have already cut and scored the cardstock for 5X7 inch greetings. Finishing the cards includes final embellishments, such as, ribbons, embossing, precision cuts for the background papers and gluing.

I use photo squares for the final mounting to avoid glue wrinkling on the inside of the card. I made 4X6 inch cards to match blue envelopes I bought at a yard sale. Yard sales sometimes have unused stationery kits that can be good sources for envelopes or paper to fold.

Examples of the Neo-art deco cards.


When I first started making cards I tended to carry it through from fold to finish and I found out it was stressful, because of the time involved. With this assembly line method the stress is only manifested in the finishing touches when everything has to be just so.


The Roaring Twenties Festival on Oct. 1 and 2nd was fun, as was the whole process of making the cards just for the event. Thank you to all those that stopped and visited my display and even bought items.


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