Fearless Friday, Card Creations


Do you have piles of sketchbooks lying around?





I can’t seem to ever part with a sketch book and love to flip back through them to see the drawings, ideas, doodles and paintings they hold





Recently when I needed some thank you cards for friends I decided to create my own with drawings and paintings from my sketchbook





I did have some plain white envelopes and used them to make a template to make the card size





Depending on how large your paper is, you can make a folded card or a postcard type where the art is on the front and you can write your message on the back and put it in an envelope





The Lollipop Roses painting was large enough to make a folded card





5″ x 7″ white envelopes are a nice size and widely available, possibly even at your grocery store





I got the nicest comments from the card receivers, they felt extra special because I painted the card, and gave them something handmade and original

You can also buy sets of blank cards, Strathmore makes both Watercolor and Mixed Media paper card sets.  They are available on amazon here and here

You can also find blank cards for painting and drawing at your local art supply and craft stores

I do try to keep a selection of cards from my Society 6 Shop on hand too, for birthday cards, thank yous, any occasion…like a bowl of apples for the teacher perhaps?


Lollipop Roses card

Ombre Roses card

Sunflower Tea card

Apple Picking card


So have some fun and turn your doodles and drawings into cards to bring someone a little special joy!


Be Fearless!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity  Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

40 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Card Creations”
  1. Beautiful cards! Great to use your own artwork for them!

  2. Rita C. says:

    Love! You’re so right, Jenna. Receiving a handmade card couldn’t be any more special.

  3. Ann Woleben says:

    What a nice surprise gift for the receivers! They can frame these for a special memento.

  4. Jenna, receiving one of your special painted creations on a card would make anyone’s day special. Happy Friday!

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you are so talented! These cards are so beautiful and would make anyone receiving them feel special. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. hilda5462 says:

    Lovely idea, Jenna – and lovely cards! I really MUST try to do something like this with the contents of some of my watercolour sketch books, thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  7. Jessica says:

    Fabulous idea!!!

  8. Bonnie Morgan says:

    How special to turn plain paper into such beauty and share with others.🌹 🌻🍎

  9. Michelle says:

    These are beautiful! Handwritten cards and notes are so meaningful. 💕

  10. pattyanneart says:

    Lovely cards, Jenna 💗🌸💗
    That’s s great idea!

  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    I love giving AND receiving a handmade card! I wasn’t aware that you could buy plain envelopes at the grocery store. I will have to look for them. Thanks Jenna for the great ideas! 💐

  12. Benita says:

    I think these are beautiful and what a great idea to give your sketches as cards. What a treasure! Hugs!

  13. Nancy says:

    They are special! And gorgeous! What a lovely gift in the mail they would be! 💗

  14. lulu says:

    I am afraid that my journals have few sketches as I am a miserable failure at drawing. Sometimes that’s very frustrating.

  15. Cyndi Raines says:

    Yes, a hand painted card would be an awesome gift as well as the note. I still love getting snail mail! 😃

  16. Kitty says:

    Hi Jenna! You’re just so talented, and your sketchbook cards are so pretty. Your peach quiche looks like the perfect summertime meal. I love how you always stay busy with your painting and your culinary skills.

  17. I love the idea of converting your old sketch books to cards! I think I might have to do it because heaven knows, I have the sketch books! Yours are just darling!

    • Thanks Jeanie, at first I felt sort of funny about it but they were so well received I will be doing it again…I’m sure your friends would be delighted to receive a card you painted!

  18. Mary says:

    Love your ingenuity and creativity of your sketch pad cards! I know your recipients were thrilled to receive them. ♥

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