mehndi-inspired illustrated card
June 10, 2011 § 8 Comments
I’ll be heading to a henna party this evening for one of my friends who is a bride-to-be. In some Middle Eastern, East and West Indian cultures, it is customary for women to apply a decorative design with henna, called mehndi, on hands and feet before a wedding — a bridal shower of sorts. Last night, I decided to design this congratulatory greeting card for her, made in the likeness of mehndi.
I had a lot of fun creating this design, which is composed almost entirely of hearts (fit for a bride-to-be) with some added swirls and lines to keep within the typical style of mehndi patterns. The flower and leaves are nothing but a repetition of hearts.
1. I made a 5″ x 7″ card, with a sleeve made of kraft cardstock. The folded sleeve has a final measurement of 6-1/2″. I made a 1/2″ allowance on two edges for double-sided tape. I punched the center of the edge of the sleeve where I want a design to peek through.
2. I cut a sheet of light purple card stock to a final size of 5″ x 7″, so that 1/2″ would peek through the sleeve. I doodled away with my pencil.
3. I went over my design with my black Sharpie felt pen.
4. I added the rhinestones for some sparkle.
5. I applied double-sided tape to the 1/2″ allowances I made and folded the sleeve shut.
I have never attended a henna party before. I am excited to see the designs the mehndi artist will create for my friend and her bridesmaids.