Tuesday, March 10, 2009

groovy doodle cards


i've discovered a use for the little intricate black and white doodles that keep piling up in my journal: groovy doodle cards! if you have a scanner, a color printer, photoshop, and a few doodles that are sitting in your journal with nothing else to do, this is a fun and easy project.


grab some color cover paper/cardstock (i had a bunch of astrobrights 65# cover on hand, so that's what i used).




scan your black and white doodle at 300 dpi and open the image in photoshop. with the color picker, choose a color that comes very close to the color of the paper. use the magic wand and the fill tool to replace the black design with your chosen color. you can also do the reverse (which i did for most of these designs) by filling in the white background with the ink color, and replacing the black design with white. (the white won't really print as white, so just think of the white area as the color of your print paper.) this part is one big fun trial and error process for me. there are many excellent photoshop tutorials out there if you need a little more guidance on this step. guess and play around with it. have a glass of wine. have a good time.


when you print, the ink color will come out slightly darker than the paper color which creates a really groovy effect. if you think it doesn't look so groovy, go back to the trial-and-error step and play around a little more.


when you're satisfied with the results, trim the paper to your desired size. i cut mine into 2 1/2 by 5" rectangles so that when i folded them i'd have a little square, ideal for quick notes to tuck into gifts or packages.


now grab a groovy pen and start writing! and let me know if you try making these - i want to see them!

72 comments:

Carmen said...

These are great!

SueBeads said...

Thanks so much for the great idea!

cindy : quaint said...

thank you for the helpful tutorial, aimee. your cards look great!

Gracia said...

It is amazing how some images and doodles transform into something entirely other when reduced or altered...

soulbrush said...

i don't understand a word of this....but like the effect....and like the header.

aimee said...

i love you, soulbrush! that made me laugh :)

just doodle with a dark pink marker on a light pink piece of paper, cut and fold it and you'll have the very same thing.

●• Tiny Red said...

very good idea!
hope one day soon i'll have time to play with these ideas again...

Lutrah's Ocean Alter said...

I'm gonna have fun and make a bunch of these for the little ones for Easter...
I love to doodle....
I've got them everywhere!
What a great idea!

Tom said...

your doodling is superb and the cards look great - thanks for sharing your method.

Bella Sinclair said...

What are you doing to me, girl. You're killing me. KILL.ING.ME, do you hear? My list of Things-I-Wish-I-Could-Be-Doing-Right-Now has just grown longer. These are fantastic! And I think your doodles and patterns are much better suited for happy cards than mine. I'm really quite a pathetic doodler.

Miss Aimee said...

so fun and when EVER i get time this will be on my list of fun things to try! love it.

Vincent Juanes said...

Hi Aimee, excellent idea (and photo-tutorial), Wonderful cards!!!!

Aris Moore said...

fun!!!!!great doodles!!!

heather smith jones said...

you're so groovy.
i need to learn more about that magic wand tool & alot of other things in photoshop actually.
are you going to put those square goodies in your shop?

Katrina said...

adorable! i love this project.

Patti said...

That is an awesome idea. I love them!

painted fish studio said...

you are so dang cool! is there anything you can't do?! :)

Dawn said...

GREAT idea! I'm going to do this...

BT said...

Oh you are so productive!! What super little cards. I don't have ink for the printer at the moment but when I do....

Shugar said...

oooh aimee!! these look great!! :D
my brains are bubbling away with excitement now!

Romilly said...

Aimee, these are WONDERFUL! I was about to turn my black and white doodles into cards in general, but now I think I may need to rethink my methods... I really like the look of these. :)

joanne said...

i got so excited over this idea i dropped everything else to give it a try... i had to modify the instructions because i only had white cardstock on hand, but what an amazing idea... your cards are gorgeous...gorgeous...gorgeous... i LOVE this!!!!

Tita Moma said...

You are so talented, Aimee! Thanks for sharing the "how to."

jess gonacha said...

AIMEE. These are SERIOUSLY fantastic. why have i never thought to print on colored paper? you are so creative!! these MUST go in your shop- I will scoop them up!

Megan Coyle said...

oh wow, what a great idea! these are fantastic!

and I do know my subjects--they're usually friends or family. Sometime they're invented, but for the most part they aren't.

denise said...

Fantastic idea. They look great.

Pina said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing!

Nicky Linzey said...

Gorgeous colours and patterns - I just love doodles.

Asja said...

wow! brilliant idea! your cards turned out super fun, this is very inspiring post, thank you!

Danielle Barlow said...

What a cool idea!
( I love your blog, by the way!)

mushroommeadows said...

This is truly groovy!!! I am so going to try this! Thanks! :)

elizabeth said...

These are the coolest things ever! Even this computer neophyte could handle those simple steps. I may have to try this at some point.

S.Dixon said...

Wow.
You are so talented! Thanks for the lesson. I haven't used photoshop enough to have figured it out on my own yet.

Christy said...

I love these! You're so good. :)

bleu mango à la mode said...

You SO rock, Aimee. LOVE your doodles and the groovy cards.

Amanda said...

AWESOME!! Thank you!! this made my week!!! Love love love it! and your doodles are great! :)

~Valentina~ said...

Girl... you know you *ROCK*, right?

aimee said...

wow, you all are amazing!! thank you for the feedback! joanne adapted this project with her own doodles on white cardstock and they look marvelous! check it out -

http://breatheasme.com/2009/03/10/homemade-doodle-cards/

T.L. Holmes said...

I can never find the words to really express how much delight I get out of your work (anything that comes to mind seems so trite). Martha who? You should have your own show...you are THE most creative, stylish person on the planet. Well, in my book, anyway.
:)

Tim Budden said...

I have to go along with soulbrush too as a fellow techo illiterate. But darn it! I've got reams of doodles lying around. I am gonna try this - as Stephen Kaqqua says “Try and fail, but don't fail to try.”

Nina Crittenden said...

Dang it, Aimee! You are SO creative! These are great- what a fun idea!

steve said...

Your creativity never fails to amaze! I might have to try this sometime - thank you!

get zapped said...

You're amazing! Such a lovely collection of cards. Thank you for sharing.

Veja cecilia said...

wow, great! and thanks for sharing:)

Dallas Shaw said...

great lesson, so fun to see what other artsy people are up to

dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

illustrations by doni said...

from the very first glance i knew cards should be made out of these great patterns

Marie-Louise said...

lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!!

Doda said...

These look lovely!
Well done.

Alexandra Hedberg said...

looks great!

..and I always love a good "how to" post. More "how to" please!"

Kelly C. said...

Oh my goodness! The loveliness! I can't way to try it. Your blog and your words are a smile for my eyes. *)

L'Atelier said...

oh these are amazing - just amazing
i just added a link on my blog to them hope thats ok?
have a great friday the 13th :)
xo

Lynn Fisher said...

Brilliant...you may force me to get photoshop....and really, even though you're on kid time, I'd say you're doing really well : )
Puts me to shame!

Esti said...

You are always thinking of good ways of having fun with your doodles!

Annie Pazoo said...

Sigh. I seriously need to get Photoshop. This seals it. Thanks for the inspiration yet again!

Caroline said...

Very groovy indeed!

suzanne cabrera said...

Beautiful! Such a great, great idea!

Stacey D. said...

This is an AWESOME idea!!

sjbattersby said...

What a nifty idea!

Dusik said...

OMG this is an awesome idea! i love it! i just got some color paper and was thinking what to do with it :)

well, i will let you know when its done

smoothpebble said...

This is so flipping cool I can't stand it! These could also be translated into fabric screenprints, I'm just thinking out loud, but the doodles could be copied onto transparencies, and then a silkscreen could be burned with the images and voila, a way to transfer the image to fabric.
Your doodles are awesome!

yoon see said...

Thanks for sharing Aimee, they are all so original and stylish!

miscellanea said...

Just GENIUS. I can't begin to describe how much I love this idea. Maybe I'll have another cup of coffee and come up with the words, but I wanted to leave this note regardless-as a marker of gratitude and awe for the simple, wonderful idea.

FruensWerk2 said...

Long time no see girl :) Finally almost finish moving...SO hard...puha!
You´ve been busy busy...hihi looking good :)
See U soon again
hug

Jennifer B. said...

ooh this is a great idea, thanks!

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?

Thanks,

Nancy Ward
http://paperfriendly.blogpsot.com

tristan said...

Wow this is AWESOME, just found your blog totally want to try this! May I ash what kind of pen you used for your doodles, they look so sharp!

Jonny said...

I found this post via a doodlage.com post about a month ago. I love these doodle cards and have become a regular reader of the blog.
Anyway, I did my own take on the idea and posted the result on my blog:
http://notdisdain.blogspot.com/2009/04/recent-projects.html
Thanks for the inspiration!

aimee said...

those are really cool, jonny! glad you gave it a try - thanks for sharing!

KB said...

Hi Aimee!
I visit your site daily and your cheerful, colorful, unique, energetic, positive, funny ... okay, there aren't enough words ... suffice it to say your work always makes me smile.

I was out looking for funky papers yesterday to cover my sketchbook with and just couldn't bring myself to spend $20 on the scrapbooking sheets I was finding. Especially since I kept thinking about your groovy doodle cards. So instead I picked up a $3.00 pack of brights and headed home to finally try my hand at making some of my own.

Liked the results so much I had to give you a shout out on my blog (http://www.kbladosdesign.com/blog). Thanks so much for all of the inspiration!

Cindi aka Ericksoc said...

These are seriously cool. I'm going to have to try this.

Jamie @ Sew Rockin' said...

I just wanted to let you know that your project rocks and I featured it yesterday on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" at my blog Sew Rockin'.

I actually featured your drunken tiles last week but I couldn't leave a comment and tell you and I couldn't find an email on your site.

Awesome job, I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Jamie
www.sewrockin.com

tortagialla said...

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing this. I never thought to color pick the actual color of the paper to print over! duh!!!