Working the Corner, ICAD Style

Tammy Garcia, of Daisy Yellow, is an creativity instigator. I’ve read her blog for years, and we met for the first time when I was teaching at the GASC (Great American Scrapbook Convention) in Arlington Texas. Tammy and I shared lunch, and before the food arrived, she had involved me in ICAD–the Index Card a Day project. She handed me an index card and some super-cool very fine colored gel pens from JetPens and I was off–creating. Since I’m working on a series of loose-leaf journal pages, the project appealed to me. (Tammy is letting me give away two copies of her zine. Details below)

Tammy asked me to talk about decorating the corners of a card. It reminded me of a wonderful lesson my father taught me many years ago. He said, “take care of the edges and the middle will take care of itself.”

It’s as true of the peanut butter sandwich I was making all those years ago, as of the index card.  Some of these go out of the corner and along the edges, but all of them start in the corner.

Decorating any page doesn’t have to involve half your stash. Or even a lot of wet media. This one was done in Pitt Pen. I used black. I repeated the pattern in blue and purple gel pen on a larger card, then layered the cards together. It looks sewn; copying stitches from your sewing machine is both easy and deserving of a second look.

This one is made with hole punches. Stars in one corner, the sun in the other. You can repeat on the other side, or, if you have a lot to write, just do it on the top.

You can also punch stars out of one color and the sun out of another. In this case, I made the sun using Sharpie Glitter Pens, which doesn’t show up in full glitter mode on the scan. Those markers add a nice touch of glam without kitsch. In this one, I also used a corner trimmer to round all the corners. It gives a nice vintage look to the cards.

This shows a paper mosaic. I cut up other cards that I had previously painted, and used these on opposite corners to create a tension that makes the writing look more important. You could do it on all four corners, too, I like a bit of asymmetry.

Stencils don’t have to be applied over the whole card. Place a piece of the stencil over the corner of the card, and use a stamp pad to rub over the stencil. The partial stencil applied unevenly gives a rustic look to the card. Again, you can do this on all four corners, but I like the idea of just one corner.

Index cards don’t hold up to a lot of wet media, but I wanted to have at least one with lots of color. To make this happen, I used fusible webbing to cover two cards with batiked fabric. Then I stitched them together using a ribbon-type knitting yarn. You can write on this with gel pen if you want. OK, so this one was the whole card, I couldn’t resist. The pattern is reminiscent of the first one.

Because I’m a writer, I’d fill all the cards with journaling or quotes, date them and create loose leaf journal pages. You can also create cards in series of colors. Date your cards so you can watch your progress as your skills grow with practice.

Giveaway: Tammy from Daisy Yellow creates a wonderful zine. You can preview it here. Ready for giveaway are two zines, emailed to you in a pdf format. All you have to do is leave a comment that you want to be in the drawing and an email address so you can receive the zine. Location unimportant, it’s a pdf. Winner will be drawn at random on June 13, 5 p.m. Phoenix time (8 p.m. EDT)

WINNERS: Traci Johnson and Stargardener, also known as Teresa.  Three other people who came up first gave me addresses that bounced out of my email.

Join me at the Chantilly, VA location for GASC July 22 and 23. I’ll be teaching One-Sentence Journaling with tips for non-journalers and, of course Raw Art!

-Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach and an art journaler. She is the author of Raw Art Journaling, Making Meaning, Making Art.

44 thoughts on “Working the Corner, ICAD Style

  1. I’m in for the giveaway, Quinn (; I am very interested in Tammy’s ezines. I have been “brewing” ideas for using my punches for one of my ICAD cards; maybe now I’ll focus on my corners!

  2. That’s funny…my grandfather used the same saying as your dad, only he applied it to the grandchildren that didn’t like to eat vegetables. He told them to put all the vegetables around the outside of the plate, and eat them first, and the middle, of course, would take care of itself (presumably since it was the best of the meal!)

  3. I’m really inspired by your ideas on decorating the corners … I’m off to do one (or more) of these techniques today! Thanks for the opportunity to win! — Tina

  4. Quinn, Thank you for hostessing the ICAD challenge “corners” prompt. These little cards are truly perfect for experimentation; they are risk-free canvases. It was a pleasure to meet you!

  5. Quinn, I just visited Daisy Yellow but too late i the evening to appreiate it. Frankly, I realized the brightness and density of ideas/information would keep me up way too late! Looking forward to a better-rested and more leisurely browse over the next few days… Thank you for that introduction! Hope to see you soon, BTW; much to catch up on…

  6. Yay, I would love to be in the drawing…thanks for the opportunity Quinn and Tammy! My email is already in the log-in. Thanks!

  7. She is indeed a creativity instigator! I love my corner founder punch and never consider using it on the index cards. Or using one of my punches. Thank you for the inspiration.

    And the chance to win a zine. 🙂

  8. I love Tammy’s blog – it was from her that I got the quote I use in my header! I love her use of colour and the way she views the world – she’s in my top 10 blogs with yours! The ICAD project is a lot of fun – she’ll share my post on the 14th.

    I was thinking about getting her current zine as there are some school holidays here in NZ in just a couple of weeks so I will have 2 weeks of playtime! I’m not fit enough to ski this winter so . . . indoor pursuits call!

  9. I love the card you did with the fabric. I, too, love color! The Index Cards are sort of like ATCs, but a little bigger canvas. Perhaps we should create a “class,” that goes over several months, and begins teaching art techniques on ATC size canvas. The following month, the class could move up to IC size canvas, then up to 8×10, then 9×12, then… something bigger! It seems like the art community is moving from itty bitty to a little bit larger canvas.

    I’d love to get in on that drawing… This summer, I’m teaching girls ages 11-14 how to art journal. It’s tough for them to come up with ideas and this looks like a great resource!

    • I love the idea of getting larger by taking a class that raises the size with each class. I work small –about 4 x 6 to 5 x 8–so I’ll take the postcard class! Your girls are going to have a wonderful time in your class, jayme!

  10. Oh Quinn, I would love to get one of the giveaway zines. Love the topic today…good stuff.

  11. Thank you so much for the chance to win!! I have been doing the ICAD this year, and really enjoy creating just a small thing every day! I’m definitely going to be doing something in the corners today!

  12. Tammy’s e-course Museum of Simple Things has been my art fix for June, and led me to QuinnCreative. would adore winning Daisy Yellow zines!

  13. i just found you today. your blog looks interesting. so does your book. i think i’ll hang around a while and read more. from pics i’ve seen here, it looks like you live in the southwest? i used to live in Phoenix. now i’m in Montana. what a change.

  14. Your posts are always so interesting to me. Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity for the drawing.

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