Monday, 26 January 2015

Making and painting a card using Saunders Waterford paper

Do you still write letters, or do you only stay in contact via email?
I still like to write a letter every now and then.
So when I do, I paint a little card to go along with it, to make it extra special.

I take a piece of Saunders Waterford paper 140lb, Rough. Size wise - about 8x 11inches.
Fold it in half and run a ruler down the fold line to make a proper crease, that works like a hinge. Then the card will sit flat when you pop it in an envelope - and stand up like a bought card when the recipient opens it.

Once that's done, I tape it down to my drawing board, like so


The reason for this, is once you paint the card and take the tape off, it leaves a lovely neat edge which enhances the painting.
The tape is low tack masking tape, specifically designed for painters. 

Something like this:





and somewhere in the world, someone will be opening a card like this, very soon.
Why not make your own and send it out in the world? I know it'll be appreciated. 






13 comments:

  1. Thank u, Pat, for sharing the precious wisdom and the beauty of communication. You're legend!!! xxx Sadami

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  2. What kind of tape do you use? Have always had trouble with the tape coming off and giving unevevn folds to the paper.

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    1. Excellent question - and I will amend my post! The tape is low tack masking tape. If you remove it slowly it doesn't tear the paper.

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  3. Dear Pat - thank you for sharing this lovely card not only with the recipient but me as well. Wonderful idea and a one of a kind. I know who ever is receiving this they will love it. Have a super week. Hugs

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  4. Beautiful card. Using watercolor or drawing paper allows the painting to be matted and framed. Thank you for the post. Card making is a good for the Winter list of happy things to do.

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  5. Someone is going to be very lucky, it's a very pretty card! Pat, I love working with Saunders Waterford paper. I use it almost exclusively.

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  6. That's not just a letter, it's a gift. I don't write many letters any more but I think I should start. Real mail is so much nicer than an email or a text

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  7. Such a sweet addition to a letter and one of your special paintings to keep and frame. Lucky recipient I say :-)

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  8. Hi Pat. What a great idea! I used to make my own cards a long time ago but had forgotten until now! So much nicer than a store bought one and i bet they end up framed! Thanks also for visiting my blog the other day. I greatly appreciate your feedback and value your visit. Have a great painting day! :)

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  9. Lovely card, Pat! I like sending postcards. ;)

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  10. A lovely idea. Thank you for explaining your process ... I might have a go. ;-)

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