Creating Origami Cards

I walked past an art shop two days ago in Winchester. It is holding some sort of ‘card competition’ to celebrate summer.

The shop does not say whether there will be prizes, but prizes do not really matter. I think all participants’ cards will be displayed in the shop window. This opportunity gave me an inspiration to make a few origami and turn them into cards (I have never entered any card competition before.)

To enter, I paid 50p for each blank card, and the money goes towards a local charity.

Here are the 4 cards I’ve created. The deadline is tomorrow, and I’ll hand them to the shop.

I’ll let you know the outcome at some point!

I’ve had fun creating these origami cards. I’m also amazed by the endless possibilities you could have for sharing joy with origami.

The first card is a single crane wearing the Union Jack design. I attached the famous saying “I will write peace on your wings, and you will fly all over the world” by the little Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki, underneath the crane. This saying has sweetly summarised what origami is for, love, peace, freedom.

UK flag origami crane on card made by Janet Williams. Attached on the card is the message: "I will write "peace" on your wings, and you will fly all over the world" by Sadako Sasaki.

The second card is an Origami Crane Wreath formed with 8 units. I learnt how to make this from Judith, who runs a brilliant website called Origami Tutorials. Needless to say this is one of my favourite origami websites.

The lovely washi paper I used is from The Japanese Shop; paper size: 5.7cm x 5.7cm. The box comes with 200 squares of authentic Japanese washi origami paper in a variety of beautiful colours and patterns on one side.

Origami crane wreath with 8 cranes on card folded by Janet Williams. Wreath creator: Judith from Origami Tutorials.

I mentioned my favourite little book Minigami by Gay Merrill Gross before. My other cards draw inspiration from the models used in this book.

Here is a card showing an origami flower, stem with leaves, flower pot, and a cute butterfly. These are all very easy to make and you can learn them from the book. The simple butterfly clipped on the top right corner is created by Ralph Matthews from England.

Origami flower, stem with leaves, flower pot, and butterfly on card made by Janet Williams. Ref: Book: Minigami by Gay Merrill Gross. Butterfly creator: Ralph Matthews (England).

Finally, I made three petite floral dresses for my fourth card. The party dress is designed by Alison Reisel from the USA. You coud see I’ve added 3 pearl blings on one of the dresses, and decorated another with a silky ribbon around the waist.

Origami mini dresses on card made by Janet Williams. Party Dress designer Alison Reisel (USA). Ref: Book: Minigami by Gay Merrill Gross.

It’s been fun creating these cards. One advantage of making origami cards, I think, is that you could answer a frequently asked question more easily: “What is origami for? What am I going to do with it?” Well, an origami card encourages you to send messages of love.

Update: 3rd September 2016

This afternoon I visited Winchester again and popped into the art shop.

Many lovely cards were being displayed at the window. And I found the 3 cards that I made, amongst other creative cards.

I wasn’t a ‘winner’, but it was fun taking part and supporting the charity.

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

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