Handmade Cards 2022 (7 designs)

Handmade Cards 2022 (7 designs)

The traditional, annual post with all of my handmade cards of the year. This time, featuring seven cards in different designs and techniques – quilling, drawing and watercolour painting.

The first card of the year is always one for Grandmother’s Day, which we celebrate on January 21st. I decided to go with one of my classic quilling flower designs.

Cards 2022 - Quilling Flower
Cards 2022 – Quilling Flower

Next one was a get well card – not a usual part of the annual routine and I hope there’s no need for one like this any time soon! My mum broke her arm in a nasty place and was looking at a couple of months of staying at home, so I sent her a little card to lift her spirits. Quite a few months have passed now and, fortunately, she made a good recovery with lots of effort and patience put into daily exercise.

Cards 2022 - Watercolour flower wreath
Cards 2022 – Watercolour flower wreath

Third in line was one of the most challenging occasions – my dad’s birthday. I find making cards for men difficult because colourful quilled flowers just don’t seem right – or at least not for my dad. I decided to go down a different route this year and cut out a whiskey bottle and a chocolate cake. The cake and the glass are on little foam pads, making them stick out a bit and adding dimension to the card.

Cards 2022 - Whiskey and Cake - making of
Cards 2022 – Whiskey and Cake
Cards 2022 - Whiskey and Cake - scrapbooking and quilling
Cards 2022 – Whiskey and Cake

Next up (number four already?!) is the Mother’s Day card. A simple design this year, with a neat quilled flower and a quilled butterfly.

Cards 2022 - Quilling Flower and Butterfly
Cards 2022 – Quilling Flower and Butterfly
Cards 2022 - Quilling Flower and Butterfly close up
Cards 2022 – Quilling Flower and Butterfly

For my sister, I usually try to make a card that relates to something she’s currently interested in. And this year, it was Winnie the Pooh! She’s not 5, by the way – but which of us, adults, never went back to childhood memories? Winnie the Pooh was her childhood favourite, and – after the bear celebrated his 95th (!) birthday last year – there’s been an abundance of merchandise in clothing stores and supermarkets, which sparked a lot of nostalgia.

So, here it is – Winnie the Pooh with a birthday gift, with a balloon shaped like an Ogre’s head (Shrek being another childhood favourite) and our family cat making a cameo appearance with his favourite green toy.

I designed the card in a digital, colouring page version. Then, I printed it on good quality paper and coloured it with colouring pencils.

Cards 2022 - Winnie the Pooh and Shrek
Cards 2022 – Winnie the Pooh and Shrek
Cards 2022 - Winnie the Pooh and Shrek Coloured
Cards 2022 – Winnie the Pooh and Shrek

For my grandma’s birthday, I made this quilled symmetrical flower wreath. I really enjoyed working on this card and I think I’ll make more cards in a similar design in the future. It was great seeing how the pieces fit together and eventually join, making a full design.

Cards 2022 - Quilling Flower Wreath
Cards 2022 – Quilling Flower Wreath

Last – but certainly not least – was a card for my mum’s birthday. I decided to make this quilled abstract flower bouquet, with circles of different colours and sizes representing various flowers. It’s a really smart way of portraying a detailed picture without the need to make detailed quilled designs. Really happy with the final result!

Cards 2022 - Quilling Flower Bouquet
Cards 2022 – Quilling Flower Bouquet
Cards 2022 - Quilling Flower Bouquet up close
Cards 2022 – Quilling Flower Bouquet

And that completes the summary of all my handmade cards of 2022! It’s only September, but there aren’t any family occasions left this year.

Completed pink watercolour poppies card between two flower pots
Pink watercolour poppies
Scrapbooking Quilling Birthday Card
Scrapbooking Quilling Birthday Card
A watercolour gecko card on a windowsill next to a flower
Watercolour gecko card

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