Friday, November 1, 2013

Recipe Cards

Recently, I had to prepare for an annual craft show that I do.  I always find the preparations to be stressful. Figuring out how much inventory to create can be very challenging. One good thing about getting ready for a show is that it spurs my creativity--it lights a fire underneath me. Yes, I work best with deadlines.

In the days before this year's show, I came up with the idea of creating recipe cards with my watercolor paintings. I realized that I had enough food images to create a set of ten cards.

I love how they've turned out. I printed them on the same luxurious stock that I do my note cards on. The 4 x 6 inch cards are printed on both sides with light lines to guide your handwriting. Each set includes all ten images. The image is repeated on the back of each card at the bottom. You can see them in my shop here.

They come in a nice little package that would be perfect for a gift or stocking stuffer. I know that lots of people keep their recipes on their computers now. But I also know that there are still many who enjoy the personal touch of handwriting when sharing a recipe with a friend or family member.

You know the saying 'Necessity is the mother of invention'? Initially I was going to insert the cards in small sleeves that I have but they didn't quite fit. I didn't want to buy additional supplies just before the show so I figured out a way to put them in the bigger sleeves I use for my 5 x 7 cards. I printed a backing card that shows all ten images. I secured the cards with a paper band and then I punched a hole near the top and tied it with some jute so that the cards would stay at the bottom of the package. In the end, I think I ended up with something much nicer than what I originally intended. Here's to motivating stress and the resulting creativity! :)

I have some new cards and prints that I did for the show that I will be adding to my shop very soon as well. Happy November! 







10 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea and such beautiful cards!! Good luck at the show!

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    1. Thanks so much! The show has already taken place so I am now putting the new inventory into my Etsy shop.

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  2. Very cute cards! :-)

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  3. Lovely cards Kathleen! Nicely done with the packaging too;-

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    1. Thanks, Annamaria. Amazing what can happen when we are pressed! :)

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  4. Cute cards!! Very good idea!

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    1. Thanks, Catharina. Thanks as well for following my blog!

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  5. Dear Kathleen - lovely cards and so glad to get to see them. They would make lovely stocking stuffers. Wishing you the best - have a beautiful day.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, for your always kinds words. :)

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