Hello dear ones!
Well I’ve decided I’m going to set myself the goal of posting about once a week (a lot of verbs in that sentence aren’t there?) I think that’s a nice achievable target. Don’t want to set myself up to fail now! It’s finding a balance between doable but not losing the momentum and not challenging myself enough with a flimsy goal. So…at the moment I’m slowly building my website/blog. I want to make it as creative and beautiful as I can! As you can see it’s a work in process, but one I’m enjoying doing – fitting it in around being a full time stay-at-home (although I don’t actually stay at home that much he he) mama and doing creative stuff as much as I possibly can.
I’ve been making up an order of greetings cards for a new ludoteka (Children’s play area) that’s just opened up here in Barcelona, La Marelle. I get the images printed professionally but not the actual cards themselves, so it’s actually quite a lenghthy process. Here goes!:
First I fold the pre-scored blank cards, then hand stamp the back of the card with a rubber stamp that says ‘ handmade’, usually in pink ink. Then I rubber stamp another image, a heart, a butterfly or a fan, also on the back of the card, and on the flap of the envelope. By this time most available flat surfaces of our apartment have been taken up, so I tend to do it at night, away from little curious and sticky fingers.) I wait for the ink to dry, quite impatiently, during which time I stamp the labels which go on the back of the clear bag that the card is packaged in. They’re stamped with a little pink heart, then I write my website address in really tiny letters around the heart. Now the stamped ink should be dry on the cards so I hand write in my best handwriting my website and Etsy shop address in small letters at the bottom of the back of the card. Phew! THEN I apply spray mount to the previously cut out card images (which have been printed at the local copy shop – 2 to 4 images on a normal sheet of A4 paper) and stick them to the front of the card. Finally I put the cards in their cello bags and stick on the label with my address. Then I feel pretty pleased with myself!
Probably would be a lot easier to get the whole thing professionally printed n’est-ce pas? But haven’t found out where I can yet, and this way works for the moment.