Cards to colour

illustrations

I’ve been having fun illustrating a few different designs for my full time work with Garnish Garden lately and wanted to do something similar for Cobalt & Kin. Of course, it stands to reason that I’d turn to a few of my favourite things: plants in pots, vases with flowers and shelves….

colouring in gift card

I’ve also liked all the adult colouring in books and thought a gift card was a nice way for people to interact with my illustrations – you can colour in the card and give it to a loved one or leave it as is for the recipient to play with. I also made the card so that once flattened it makes a little picture that can be stuck to the fridge or even framed!

Colour inspiration

If you want a little illustrators secret here’s a tip… use a restrained colour palette and try to use a few unexpected colours. I have a pinterest board with any images that have good colour combos and using the image above as my inspiration (vases from the fantastic Studio Twocan) I did a quick colour in which I think makes for a more compelling image!

colouring in card

You can purchase the card in the shop. Happy colouring!
Chrystie

Wrapping hints

gift-tags

Here’s a fabulous DIY option for Christmas wrapping paper which also happens to look great with the Cobalt & Kin gift tags.

gift tags

Because the tags are bright pink they look fantastic on a black and white colour scheme and one of my favourite crafting blogs, Oh Happy Day, had a cheap yet elegant solution! I have always felt a little dismayed at the way wrapping paper gets shredded in the rush to discover what’s inside; over the years I have carefully prised off the sticky tape and smoothed out the paper ready for another day. But with two kids and a lot of cheap Christmas paper out there I’m less inclined to save the paper.

wrapping-diy

With this option you can get the kids involved. Use inexpensive butchers paper and some black watercolour paint (or go crazy and use another colour) and a spray bottle. Then jazz it up with a bright gift tag and some interesting ribbon and you’ve got a stack of presents which will look stunning all together under the Christmas tree.
Chrystie