DIY Black & White hand painted cards

September 18, 2016

Black and white has been big in interior design for the past year or so. These one-of-a-kind greeting cards play off this modern, cool trend. They’re striking, easy to create, and gorgeous to receive.

I had some card stock left over from a previous project but you can buy plain white cards and envelopes from any craft store. My hubby, Alan, has been taking painting classes and kindly gave me a tube of black acrylic paint and his brushes to use.

I found images online of black and white homewares and prints for inspiration. I also used pillows and artwork in my own home.

Then it’s time to play!

I splattered a brush, loaded with paint and dipped in water, to create a spray design. I copied the painting Alan and I bought each other for our wedding anniversary (I think this is OK, as long as I do it just for friends!).

I worked freehand so it felt more loose and organic and pulled ideas from area rugs, mosaics, pillows, and plaid. It was so relaxing and fun. Once the paint is dry on the cards, place them under a stack of magazines to press them flat.

I like to spend an afternoon creating cards once or twice a year. They’re blank inside, so I can use them for birthdays, thank-yous, and everything in between.

Card inspired by outdoor curtains from West Elm

Card inspired by area rug from Anthropologie

Card inspired by a painting on our wall!

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