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Card Making Basics: Mark Making - Doodling

Doodling doesn’t require any drawing skills; you just need something to write with and something to write on. Doodling also may be known as sketching, scribbling, drawing. Zentangle is a form of doodling. There’s no right or wrong way to doodle. Let your mind and pencil guide you in creative doodling.

1. Using a pencil, lightly sketch out your basic doodle shapes. Try shapes like leaves, flowers, or geometric shapes like circles, squares or triangles.

2. Take a black pen or marker and outline your shapes while erasing any stray lines.

3. Within your doodles, add fine details and additional doodles on a smaller scale to enhance the image.

4. Using patterned paper, cardstock paper, and/or stamps, create a card using your doodle.

I created my card by cutting down my doodle to fit the center of the card. I then added color to the card using cardstock papers and cutting them down to create a border around the doodle. I then doodled some lines onto the colored cardstock paper to add some more interest. Lastly, I used a stamp to stamp the sentiment onto the card. If you have good handwriting, this could also be done by hand instead of using a stamp.

Now it's your turn to try! Comment below with your doodled images and cards! Download the PDF below!

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)


reference: Card to Canvas: Mixed-media techniques for paper crafts by Colleen Schaan.

Pam Watson

Hi, I'm Pam, and welcome to my Blog where I share all of my crafty adventures!



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