I found an idea for turning a page of your sketchbook doodles into your own cards and envelopes on Jane LaFazio’s Blog. I do this all the time (take my sketches and make them into cards, embroidery patterns, applique ideas). But what I like about her post is the idea of using vellum for layering images (and you can get softer translucent color when using markers and colored pencils in combination together on the vellum, almost like watercolor).
I used her tutorial ideas to make customer appreciation cards for my vintage needlecrafts shop Howdy Stitches (the cards are meant to be silly and fun). The printed cards with their corresponding envelopes will go in each of my shipments, maybe with a little hand drawn embroidery pattern inside.
And yup. I like stuff that looks like it’s been made by hand, even when I process it through a computer. And I love using rough sketched happy doodles to say thank you to my customers. I’m thinking Easter cards with this technique will be made by me very soon. Check out Jane’s tutorial and her lovely sketches by going here http://janeville.blogspot.com/2012/01/8-day-heartfest-valentine-tutorial-blog.html
Head over to Mirkwood Designs for an awesome set of envelope and box templates (and other printables too).