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Some of my vintage cards

1 Some of my vintage cards

The two cards used for inspiration one for palette (left) and one for paint and illustration style (right)

2 The two cards used for inspiration one for palette (left) and one for paint and illustration style (right)

Using watercolor on black and white clip art

3 Using watercolor on black and white clip art

Vintage card used for palette inspiration

4 Vintage card used for palette inspiration

Finished embriodered cards from our May issue

5 Finished embriodered cards from our May issue

I love to collect vintage cards, tags and other paper goods that I find at flea markets, tag sales and antique stores.  I tend to buy the inexpensive ones and often look through them to get inspired.  For the  May issue of Living I was asked to develop a project that was inspired by a specific pallette.  I went directly to my collection and  found two cards that really got me thinking  for different reasons.   One had a color combination that I found quite surprising and beautiful.   I chose that for the pallette and then chose another for the illustration and painted quality.  Mother's Day is in May so I thought it would be a good idea to make some cards.  The end result was a set of 3 floral cards that are black and white line art painted with watercolor.     The clip art for the cards is available in both color and black and white.  So you can watercolor your own inspired palette or you can use ours.

See more Mother's Day gift ideas and Mother's Day card projects.

Comments (2)

  • I would give the iron directly to my husband, who has recently started ironing his own shirts--yay!

  • I would love an iron that would get hot enough to get out the wrinkles!!

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