Batch No. 7

Produced in Jacksonville, Florida  

Creation Date – March 2017

Artist – Johanna Lawson

Technique – paper collage

Commissioned Baby Shower Invitations

Small Batch Cards is back! After a short hiatus, we are back at it, making cards – this month the batch is dedicated to commissioned baby shower invitations. One of my best friends, Kat, is throwing a baby shower for her friend, Amanda. She asked me to make one-of-a-kind invitations, and you get to enjoy the results. The theme of the shower is camping/outdoors.

After discussing and working closely with Kat, we came up with the idea of a postcard for the invitations. I set out to design the invitation on my computer using Google Drawings. I have never used this program before and I have to say I am pretty impressed. I was actually thinking about buying a design software program for my computer to design invitations and cards. That might have to happen eventually, but for now Google Drawings worked great. Here is the “back” of the invitation. (names and addresses have been changed for privacy)

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Kat and I were both pleased with the invitation, so now it was time to design the “front.” I started by looking through all my paper. I was inspired by the paper with graphic/abstract prints and decided to use that paper to create a camping/outdoors collage. I also found paper with little campers that I thought would be adorable!

Then the cutting and assembling began…

The triangles would become mountains, the green herring bone paper would be cut to make trees, long strips of blue paper the river/stream, and the crazy, fun green paper would be the grassy meadow. To create dimension and add detail, I shaded/distressed the edges of the mountains and trees using Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Photo). I tried many different ways to assemble the invitation and finally decided on a winner.

The background was created using watercolor paints that resemble a sunrise/sunset. I then used one of my favorite stamps to create a clouds. Because the background was pretty colorful, I wanted to make the white clouds stand out, so I used paint. For this project, I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Pickett Fence) to create that faded look. Remember: when using paint on your stamps, wash immediately after use. Leaving paint on too long can damage the stamp and result in the stamped image being distorted the next time it is used.

Put it all together and here is the result:

The original print was put into a frame as a gift for the mom-to-be. The words on the front and back of the invitations were printed before assembling the collaged card. Each invitation was assembled by hand. Here are all the cards in the batch:

To see other commissioned invitations please visit my December Blog Post – Batch No. 3. If you would like to commission one-of-a-kind, hand made invitations, thank you cards, etc. please contact small • batch • cards using the contact form here.

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