Color the Emotion

Pick a few colors and create without stiffness.

Decorated Business Cards

Handmade Business Cards, by Peony and Parakeet

I had run out of business cards, so I made some! I blogged about this idea a few years ago for the first time. This time I made it a bit simpler.

Handmade Business Cards, phase 1, by Peony and Parakeet

I took a business cards sheet and sketched circles here and there. Then I colored them with watercolors, leaving white background visible in some areas.

Handmade Business Cards, a sheet before cutting, by Peony and Parakeet

Then I used markers to add details. The white is from Copic White Pigment Jar, my newest purchase. If you have not found the perfect white pen yet (Uniball Signo Broad gel pen is my favorite so far), the Copic pigment is a great choice.

Hanmade Business Cards, a close-up before cutting, by Peony and Parakeet

Here’s a close-up. Drawing these little doily type flowers with circles was so much fun!

Handmade business cards by Peony and Parakeet

Finally, I tore the business cards out from the sheet. Here’s a finished card.

Handmade business cards by Peony and Parakeet

I feel like I am repeating myself, but again: why buy when you can make it yourself?

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12 thoughts on “Decorated Business Cards

  1. I think this is a gorgeous work of art. I don’t know if any of us ever find the “ultimate” courage – no matter how accomplished some artist’s are, they require courage every time they take a step out of their comfort zone. And that’s how we grow as artists and as people.

    1. Gina, thank you! Your comment was most insightful and must be true! It is easier to notice one’s own insecurities than what others’ have. Made me think – thanks so much!

  2. Dear Päivi

    Your designs are screaming to be fabrics, especially this one. And speaking of the art museum debate, one of my favorite photos in the world is a white sofa with many colorful Marimekko pillows. It seems to me we need both white and vibrant color, so whatever Finland decides, I’m sure it will be vibrant and gorgeous! All best, Hattie

    1. Thank you Hattie! You comment made my day! (Those who haven’t subscribed my newsletter: art museum debate refers to a little story there.) How great that you like Marimekko, a Finnish company!

  3. Lastly, I stamped the ducks. I filled in areas I wanted to sharpen with a black artist pen, drew thin lines for field, added some color with water-based markers and used a white paint pen to add white to areas. The very last thing I did was mail it to my stampin’ sister Pia way in Sweden!

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