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Travel Cards for the Discoverer


 Travel Cards
By: Bea Rosenleaf, Artistic Guide

Creating photo cards is one way of sharing your vacation photos with family and friends. Who doesn't enjoy receiving a hand-made card, with a photo to boot?  Making photo greeting cards is pretty easy. You can dress them down or dress them up, but always try to keep the photo as the main focal area.  I like to find scrap pieces of paper in my stash to layer with my photos, setting the photo off as the center of attraction.  Use colors that compliment the photo, either from the same color group as the photo, or for a fun, bright look, use complimentary colors. Not sure how to choose colors?  Next time you are at the hobby store, buy yourself a color wheel.  This handy little tool comes in quite handy for determining color groups!

We have a lot of tourists who come through this area and I sell my photo cards at local markets and businesses. I always make sure that I sign the photos and on the back of the card I have a short description of where the photo was taken in Montana. I don't want people copying my photos to share, thus the signature on the photo.  

You can also use photos to create birthday cards, all occasion cards, 'missing you' cards, and more. You're really only limited by your imagination!

'Montana' (Pumpkin Seed)
'Hello from Montana' (Pumpkin Seed)
Little Tidbits (The Angel Company)
Pine Tree (PSX)
Crackle Background (The Angel Company)
3  6.5" x 5" white pre-folded cards (Hobby store)
Scrap papers to coordinate with photos (I used greens, brown, yellow, and pinks)
Scrap piece of pink mulberry paper (unknown)
Onyx Black Versafine ink pad (Tsukineko)
Mushroom Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Meadow Adirondack ink pad (Ranger)
Photographs printed to fit cards
Various types of embellishments (I used gold flat-backed beads and a leaf brad)
Corner punch (E K Success)
3-D Pop Dots (All Night Media)
Paper cutter of choice



Card 1:

  1. For this card, I used colors that coordinated with colors in the photo to make the photo 'pop.'  Choose colors that are dominate in the photo to coordinate the colors of your card. I chose yellow and dark red.
  2. Ink crackle background stamp with Mushroom ink and stamp on card front. Distress the edges with the Mushroom ink pad by rubbing the ink pad around the edges of the card.
  3. Cut mat to fit photo and attach the photo.
  4. Attach leaf brad to upper left corner of photo.
  5. Cut two pieces of coordinating scrap pieces of paper for layers. Layer on the card front.
  6. Attach the matted photo to the layers.
  7. Ink the "Montana" stamp with Mushroom ink and stamp on the upper right corner of the card.


Card 2:

  1. For this card, I chose to use colors that create a monochromatic (one color family) color scheme, using the main color from the photo.  In this case, the main color of the photo is greens. 
  2. Cut base for the card front from a medium green.  Ink the pine tree with Mushroom ink and randomly stamp along the bottom portion, leaving spaces. Ink the pine tree with Meadow ink and stamp over the previously stamped images and in the blank areas  to create a 'forest.'  Using two colors and overstamping creates depth, giving the appearance of more trees for a forest look. Allow the ink to dry.
  3. While the ink is drying, matt the photo with a light green and a dark green. Cut each of the matts one-quarter inch larger than the previous one. (i.e., for the photo matt, my photo measures 3.5" x 5", so cut the first matt 3.75" x 5.25", and cut the second matt 4" x 5.5")
  4. Ink the "Hello from Montana" stamp with Meadow ink and stamp onto a scrap piece of light green. Cut the image out leaving a small border. Attach this to a scrap piece of dark green and trim leaving a border.
  5. Attach the matted photo to the medium green card base.
  6. Attach the card base to the pre-folded card.
  7. Attach 3-D pop dots to the Montana image and attach to the  card front.


Card 3:

  1. For this card, I decided to use the main color of the photo with a color next door to it on the color wheel.  Red is next to blue, and pinks are shades of red (where white has been added to the red). The main color of the photo is the blue in the sky and the water.  Pinks are very subtle in the early morning sky. I wanted to make the pinks 'pop' a bit more, so chose shades of pink to layer the card with.
  2. Cut the light pink base layer to fit the card front.
  3. Cut the darker pink to mat the photo. Create this mat one inch longer on the length than the photo.  Use the corner punch on the top two corners.
  4. Tear a scrap piece of pink mulberry and layer on the bottom edge of the photo.  Layer this to the darker pink matt. Wet your finger just a bit and curl the edges here and there.
  5. Ink the sentiment stamp with Black Onyx ink and stamp on the lower right corner of the matt, just below the photo. 
  6. Attach the matt photo layer to the card base.
  7. Ink the Montana stamp with Black Onyx ink and stamp on the right side of the card base.
  8. Attach the gold flat beads.
  9. Attach the layered card base to the card front.

Quick and easy, yet classy cards using coordinated colors and a photograph.  How cool!


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