Saturday, July 30, 2011

bricolage moo cards

I needed some business cards - quick
and I prefer the "moo" sized cards
(roughly 1x3 inches - "roughly," because they are a UK invention = metric)
the size is perfect for bloggers or etsians, since all you need is your web address

I used the "bricolage" technique
or as Thomas Edison said:
"to invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk"
"bricolage" is just a fancy word for making something out of bits and pieces and odds and ends

making something out of nothing

I don't have pictures for the step by step, but basically what I did was:
pre-print what I wanted to say, using a mailing label format
on the reverse side - adhere ripped pieces of magazine images, paper scraps and book text
lightly gessoed over all of it
stamped randomly
used bubble wrap and paint to add texture

and ended up with this:

2 sheets of heavily glued, collaged, painted, messy card stock

but wait, that's not all
once you cut them into smaller shapes, you have magic!
each one a mini art piece
after cutting them down, I went back and added gold edging (gold leaf pen)
and in any bare spots, I added a few more bee stamps

mission accomplished - business cards in one day!
these are to promote my husband's garden
he's on the local garden tour this year, so I started a garden blog
that's three blogs now ... call me crazy :)


*jean* said...

crazy! there...3 blogs and 3 kids and a dog?? amazable...your cards are beautiful and brilliant!!!! xo

Becca said...

Wow, Kimmie! These cards are beautiful. I have Moo cards too, but I like yours best. Very unique. Heading over to check out the garden blog.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Crazy! I'm trying to check out your other two blogs but nothing is loading at the moment. Our internet has been very slow the past couple of days so hard to do anything. Love your moo cards! Of course you would find a may to make them yourself and make them unique. Have a great weekend. Tammy

sukipoet said...

great idea. they came out so well.

Sallyanne said...

Beautiful! You are a 24/7 engine of creativity! I'll bet you even get ideas in your dreams :)

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

These cards are lovely. And the thought of doing three blogs...well, it's humbling!

Charade said...

Took a peek at your gardening blog, and the photos drew me right in. If you find the time to post it, I'll find the tine to read it. Just lovely!

Halle said...

Yet another great idea... Please tell me you come up with some real stinker of ideas once in a while and just refuse to share them. Otherwise you are just too clever.

Anonymous said...

These are fantastic, I love how you can get snippets of images with the same theme yet no two are the same. xox Corrine

Steph said...

I love Moo cards too...and these are simply fabulous!!!

Gayle Price said...

Love, love, love this !!!!! fab idea, great techniques, beautiful results.

my cup of tea said...

Very~Very CUTE!

Yvonne said...

These are great! I love bricolage, as I made a bricolage book online class from Cat Giglio. It turned out beautiful. Started with a mail order catalog. Thanks for sharing.

Teri said...

You may have answered this already but did you print all the info on the backs of the cards before you cut and then just cut around them? Very good idea. I will be going over to the new blog too to see what you have going there. You are such a busy person, Kim. I was thinking about you today while working in my yard and wondering to myself: how does she do all this? Create art, blog, raise kids, clean house, make cakes and food, etc. Please tell me how you cram so much into one day? Do you ever sleep?

Unknown said...

You are all very sweet .... But you KNOW the blog and all of the stuff on it is the good stuff. I have Tea on Tuesday - maybe I should have Fugly Friday too. Believe me there is lots of fug in the mix :)

Catharina Maria said...

this is again a great idea and I love this very much Kimmie .
I have the cards printed by MOO from my art of my Flickr site .
Love ♥RINI♥

Anonymous said...

My daughter called me and said I must look at your blog and see the neat idea for business cards. She was so right, amazing workmanship, We Both Loved Your Ideas here! Thanks for sharing. Lennie

Dianne said...

Love these cards Kimmie!

Rebeca Trevino said...

these are terrific!
when you hand them out, it will be like giving people a beautiful piece of art. they will for sure remember you.
great idea.

Terri Kahrs said...

THIS idea was worth popping back into the Matrix so that I could comment! These are BRILLIANT!!!! Matter of fact . . . . they're freekin awesome, Kimmie!!! You're crazy like a fox, because people will definitely hand onto these unique cards!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Linda Vincent said...

I REALLY like these Kimmie. Lucky recipients!!

sharon said...

Crazy good!! These are incredible Kimmie! Very gorgeous and so personal! Your previous post is awesome as well, I learn so much from you, and I thank you for sharing! I need to visit much more!
Your amazing!

Unknown said...

Love the colors and the images!

~*~Patty S said...

really lovely cards dear Kimmie...SUPER!!! ... I am a huge fan of using what's available AND of beezy weezies too!

you really do have a way of taking some of this and that and turning it into something really special!


~*~Patty S said...

oh and
THREE (3) blogs
oh my!

I bow to you ... I know what goes into just ONE bbb :)

amy of studio four corners said...

these are wonderful...and inspiring! I'm your newest follower - heard of you via jillruth's blog - just getting around to visiting now - and thanks for adding my etsy shop to your favorites - just set it up this week...and you live in my backyard (comparatively speaking!) I'll be back to visit!
amy of four corners design

ooglebloops said...

I just glued some, waiting for it to dry - could you scan the sheet in color, and than make several sheets of the original collage? Altho, gluing is half (no, all) the fun!!!LOL