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Handmade greeting cards

Posted by Koosje Koene in ArtJournal on November 15, 2017

While I’m busy working behind the scenes on new upcoming stuff in Sketchbook Skool, in my spare time in the evenings I have been creating a bunch of greeting cards, inspired by the current Sketchbook Skool kourse ‘Let’s Make Greeting Cards’.

I am learning

Even though I have been responsible for the production of this kourse, I am participating in the kourse as a student now. So in preparation, I went to the craft shop and I bought a bag of googly eyes, colorful feathers, sparkly stickers and blank card stock and envelopes.

I have a list of people I want to make cards for and send to, but I have to say: it takes me quite some time to figure out what I want the card to look like, what my message will be, how to design it and then to make the final card. It’s a 2-week kourse, but I won’t rush it. It’s okay that it will take me longer to check off everyone on the list, and to just dedicate more evenings to making the cards for them. The process is so much fun, and with each card, I learn something new!

The ‘Silver Lining’ Card

I made this greeting card for a friend who needed a reminder.
I enjoyed it a lot because:
-If it wasn’t for the kourse, I may not have sent her a card at all, just another text message
-I finally got to use the silver and bronze sharpies that had been sitting in a jar on my desk for ages
-It gave me an excuse to use sparkly star stickers
-It was kind of a puzzle to figure out how the clouds were going to fold out/in and that it was very rewarding when I figured it out
-I didn’t worry about it being perfect – I just wanted this to be a personal message for my friend
-Hand lettering!

The Home Sweet Home Card

A card for my dad to wish him good luck with the renovation at home.
I enjoyed it a lot because:
-If it wasn’t for the kourse, I may not have sent him a card at all, just a text message or a call
-I enjoyed the folding clouds for the other card so much – I got to make another one
-yet again: an excuse to use sparkly star stickers
-It was a fun extra challenge to make the little house fold out!
-Color pencils!
-Hand lettering!

A Pretty Bird Card

I made a card for my mom because, well… just because.

I enjoyed it a lot because:
-If it wasn’t for the kourse, I may not have sent her a card at all, just a text message or a call
-I got to make use of the colorful feather I bought AND a big googly eye.
-This is a great way to come up with characters
-I noticed how well this kourse tunes in with all the lessons of our previous kourse ‘Imagining’
-Color pencils!

A Mustache Card

My brother joins Movember every year. He grows a mustache during November to raise money for the Movember foundation, a fund to tackle some of the biggest health issues faced by men. So it only made sense to make him a card with a mustache on it. (you can donate for his Movember here)

I enjoyed it a lot because:
-If it wasn’t for the kourse, I would have just made a donation. Now I sent a card too.
-It gave me a reason to tell him he’s a great brother
-Glue was sticking everywhere until I remembered I had this glue tape roller and that made things a lot easier
-I had no idea what I was doing but it turned out much better than I thought, just by keeoing it simple
-A fun character!
-Googly eyes!

It’s so much fun to spend time making something personal and really thinking about the person you’re sending it to. And this week, in week two of the kourse, we’re diving deeper into making greeting cards for specific occasions. We’ll follow professional briefings to design more cards.

It’s not too late to join the Sketchbook Skool kourse ‘Let’s Make Greeting Cards’!

Sign up by clicking here

Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.