If you want to stretch your holiday cash a little farther this year, create a custom gift for your friends and family using a Moleskine Cahier?
One of the best things about Moleskine Cahiers is that the covers are made of cardboard making them perfect for crafts or customizing. They are also affordable, priced at about $8.00 for a pack of three small Cahiers. The covers accept a variety of mediums without a fuss and are an excellent surface for markers, stamps, ink, metallic pens and more.
I created the design on this cover using a pencil, black marker, ink and a metallic pen. I started by cutting out half of a Christmas tree outline on a piece of plastic. I did this so the illustration of the tree would be the same on both sides of the Cahier, giving it a balanced appearance when it was opened. I traced the outline of the tree on both the front and back covers using light pressure with a pencil. Next, I used a circle template to create round ornaments on the tip of each branch. Using the black marker, I went over the pencil lines for the tree and the circle ornaments.
Using the marker lines as a guide, I painted in the background with black ink, leaving the tree and ornament shapes brown. The marker outline helps keep the brush inside the lines, giving a crisp appearance to the edges. I also used the marker to outline the circle ornaments.
To finish the design, I drew in circle ornaments using a gold metallic pen and the circle template. I chose a circles larger than those drawn earlier so I could overlap the black edges, so the edges would be crisp. Since the metallic ink in the pen is opaque, you don’t see the overlap. Be sure to raise your circle template off of the paper using pennies or other thin spacers to keep the metallic ink from spreading between the template and the paper.
The finished design looks great with the kraft paper and metallic gold. But for more sparkle and variety in the design, paint the tree silver with a metallic pen.