A Handmade Birthday Card For A Fashionista

I worked out recently that I have made around 360 projects this year for magazines, give or take a few and 95% of those have been cards. That sounds like a lot of cards when you starting adding it up! But this doesn’t take into account the cards I make for personal commissions, so add them into the mix and what, we are looking at over 400 cards for 2016 at least.

Then you look at my blog over the last year and I rarely have any cards on it. Crazy! So you might be mistaken into thinking that I don’t make cards anymore but I do, honest! If you popped by my blog a couple of weeks ago you would have spotted a card I made for Simply Cards and Papercraft Issue 156 in my blog post ‘Cards For Tech-Heads’.

But that is not all. For further proof that I am still making cards, I have another one for you today. I know! It’s like busses, no cards for ages then you get two in a row. What is that about?

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A mixed media card for a Fashionista by Kim Dellow

So this card was a personal commission for a birthday and I decided to go with a mixed media-spin. The dress is made using collage and gouache and the figure and lettering is gouache with a brush. Just in case you wanted the details.

If you have been following my Art Slice videos then you will know that I’ve been playing a lot with gouache recently. I really like it as a colouring medium, the colours are bright and bold with gouache but I’m still playing and trying to find my way with it.

A mixed media card with paint for a Fashionista by Kim Dellow

This particular gouache that I used for this card is pearlescent and so pretty. I’ve used the Turner Acryl Gouache Colour Pearl Mint for the body and dress with Colour Pearl Red and Colour Pearl Lemon on the dress as well.

I’ll admit it, I am little addicted to these paints! The pearlescent is much more shiny than I’ve been able to capture with the photos.

Close up of the mixed media card by Kim Dellow

Ok, your turn, spill the beans, how many cards have you made this year? Rough numbers will do. Oh, and I still have a Christmas card commission to finish so you can add those into the total too! But it isn’t a competition (it so is! #SheWhispersUnderHerBreath).

Catch you later Card-inators!


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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thank you Alison 🙂 🙂 Glad you like it!

  1. kartenkunst

    I usually do around 2000 cards per year, unless something special comes up like a big event. Yes, I sell them…. don't use them all myself LOL

    That card of yours is really lovely… and easy-peasy… and classy. Keep them coming 🙂

    And I don't do only cards. I paint, do mixed media, and whatever else takes my fancy.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Wahoo! Well done you that is a good number of cards! Thanks for sharing!

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