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Handmade Photo Greeting Card with Floral Swag Doodle

A while back, I challenged myself to make a handmade greeting card with my favorite photo of our cat, Lucy. (She was the best cat ever and has been gone for a few years now.)

I decided to make the card for my niece’s birthday. (She likes kitties.) Here it is.  Pretty simple, but our Lucy kitty would enjoy knowing she is the center of attention!

Handmade greeting card with floral doodle


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I had planned to do some paper layering or stamp a greeting around the border, but then I saw a floral wreath tutorial at the Tombow website, that has instructions for doodling a floral swag and little flowers.  Way easier than I expected!

I had some ready-made blank cards that I had bought at a craft store years ago.  They have a punched border on them that reminds me of eyelet.  You could easily just use some folded cardstock instead, and either leave the edge straight or  create the border yourself with a floral border punch.  (Heaven knows I have plenty of those!)

I used the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip brush pen, (which, by the way is one of my favorite small brush pens for lettering envelopes and smaller projects. It’s also wonderful for doodling!)

I started by drawing 2 curvy lines that meet at the center, and continued following the tutorial to make the leaves and flowers. (The flowers are just swirls with petals! Easy!)

I used pink and green colored pencils to color in the doodles. (I need a pencil sharpener. How is it that I have every other art and craft tool known to mankind, but I don’t have a pencil sharpener?)

Looks kind of like a weird face at this point, doesn’t it?

I used a little 2×3 photo of Lucy that I cut down just a bit more.  It fits the size of the card nicely.  (Update: I now use my Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer to print my phone pictures. It’s perfect for my craft projects and journal.)

It’s a simple, basic card that could easily be dressed up with a little doodle frame around the photo, or some ribbon under the floral edge at the bottom. (Pink ribbon would peek through the punches to make little pink flowers.) I’ll have to decide. Maybe I’ll follow my mom’s advice in my head and “leave well enough alone.”  (I rarely ever do that, sometimes regrettably.)

I think my niece will like it just the way it is. I hope so…

Now I’m probably going to start doodling little flowers on everything!

Linking to:

Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do

Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Creative Mondays at Claire Justine

Made By You Mondays at Skip to My Lou

Lou Lou Girls

The Really Crafty Link Party at Keeping it Real

Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging

Tip Me Tuesday at TipJunkie.com

Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner

Life with Lorelai

Artsy Fartsy Mama

Inspiration Spotlight at Dear Creatives

Friday Features at OMHG

Creatively Crafty at Try It Like It

SITS Saturday Sharefest

Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom

Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy

Creative Compulsions at My Bijou Life

Wow Me Wednesday at Gingersnap Crafts

Create, Bake, Grow, and Gather at Shabby Art Boutique

Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode

Handmade and Otherwise at Petals, Pies, and Otherwise

Grammy’s Grid

Create with Joy

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13 Comments

  1. What a lovely and creative idea. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂 Hope you can join us today.

  2. Very pretty. I love that you painted the flowers to match the ones in the photo.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned.

  3. Hi Pam,thank you for sharing your cute handmade card on #OMHGFF, it is really cute with the little pink flowers!!! Have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks, Julie, and thanks so much for sharing it on FB! You're right, I don't have a FB page for the blog. Well, I have one, but it's unpublished. It seemed like such another thing that sapped my time, and I didn't have many followers yet, so I've been focusing on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. I should probably think about adding it back, but part of me doesn't want to deal with it! What do you think? Trying to decide if it's necessary. (I do have a personal FB page also, but I don't use it for the blog.)

  5. How pretty!! Love the floral punched border! Thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 76 for Handmade Cards. Pinned!

  6. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at A Themed Linkup 77 for All Things Halloween from my previous linkup for Handmade Cards!

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