Faraway tree card with doors

This is card for a Magic Faraway themed birthday as we’ve recently read the books. It ‘s made from pizza boxes and concertina’s open – the doors open to reveal the characters who live in the tree

My drawing is rushed and sloppy I haven’t much patience for painting, I treat it more like colouring in with paints, but that makes it have the advantage of being a quick fun thing to do – and it looks handmade which is the idea.

Images that inspired

1. L’ Arbre de tous les ailleurs | The Tree of All Elsewhere – Serge Passions

2. The Magic Faraway Tree – Kerry Darlington

3. Lola murals

Cards from dis-cards

I’m always looking for ways to make cards from packaging and recycled materials – and ways to recycle old cards.

Many of my cards are made the night before they’re needed which explains their ‘thrown together’ qualities. I really like making them (there’s nothing like a deadline to give you focus). Many are made from frozen pizza boxes (we tend to have a lot of them), the card is similar to cereal boxes but comes in squares. I often use wood glue (PVA) to glue them together and I like to look for ways to make them 3D and interactive. These large ones are for immediate family so we don’t need to post them. We store them in boot boxes (bigger than shoe boxes) and they’re lovely things to rifle through when you’re feeling sentimental. The biggest impact my card making has had is to inspire my kids to make creative cards themselves – we’ve now quite a collection!

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