Published on June 5th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Zentangle Greeting Cards
As I was looking and trying to get inspiration for crafts, I saw some beautiful animal creations on Pinterest.
They were drawings of animals filled in with Zentangle.
If you don’t know what Zentangle is, it’s a form of drawing and doodling that allows you to make patterns that fit into a particular space.
It can be free form, or added into shapes.
Because I saw these animals, I got inspired. What came of it has pretty much nothing to do with the animal shapes, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Sometimes the process ends up with completely different results. I’m still thinking about teen/tween crafts that can be created. I guess because I have two that might need a little push this summer to expand their minds, not just hanging out all summer.
What I really like about these, besides that they are totally unique, and very much do-able is that they are a craft item that could be added to a craft sale, or given as a lovely gift. What a surprise for Grandma to get a set of these Zentangle greeting cards, a gift that is given twice.
After all that thinking, I came up with the idea of creating greeting cards using Zentangle in shapes. What a fun tween/teen project. I adore Zentangle, it’s very calming and can take minutes or hours depending on how elaborate you want to get with your designs.
Remember, this is really all up to you. Mistakes can be fixed. The important thing is to have fun and not to stress about being perfect!
You’ll need white cardstock, both a thick and a thin black Sharpie pen, adhesive and scissors.
I use some store bought plain card bases. They even come with envelopes too.
To start, use white cardstock and trace a shape. You can use templates, or trace objects like cans or plates, or trace shapes downloaded and printed from the internet.
Draw a thick outer line, and add some separation lines to mark off your shape into smaller pieces.
Use your imagination or Pinterest to find ideas to doodle in each shape space.
When complete, cut out the shape. If you want, you can doodle directly on the card.
Adhere the shape onto the card front, I used scrapbook adhesive on a couple and foam tape on the other. Foam tape gives dimension to the card.
Print out your greeting and adhere it to the card front.
Use whatever shape you like on the card, but it would be great to tie the shape to the greeting. Star shape for “you are a star”, etc…
I find that most people are looking for Birthday greetings, but holiday cards would be great too!
Have fun and enjoy the doodle.