Subway art is like a collage of words or sayings arranged in an artistic way. It’s fun because it can stand alone in a frame or be front and center on a card.
It’s a great idea especially if you want to try something different on your cards or even just say more. This way, you don’t have to pick one or two stickers or stamps for the front of your card –– you can go crazy and find or make themed subway art that’s perfect for the occasion.
Where to find it…
You don’t even have to make it –– unless you want to. Eighteen25 has a bunch of free subway art printables that you can download. Or you can visit Wordle.net to create your own subway art in its online generator.
But, there’s even something for the serious DIYers out there. Craft-O-Maniac features a tutorial on how to make your own stenciled subway art. Step-by-step, you can create your own words and then use those to make your subway art.
And Fill Your Paper with the Breathings on Your Heart has a tutorial using a stamp to create the words.
How to use it…
Whether you download it or make it yourself, you can place your subway art on the front of your card and layer papers under it to make it stand out more. Paper Crafter’s Library has a bunch of examples of cards that use subway art.
If it’s black and white like the one featured above, use colored or patterned paper to make it stick out even more. And don’t be afraid to layer several different pieces or sizes of paper under it.
Try moving the subway art piece over to the right or the left and adding a long strip of lace, burlap, or other fabric along the side of the card with the extra space.
Sometimes placing things off-center is fun and looks really cute. Here’s a few examples of cards with different paper placements.
You could also use subway art as a creative background for a photo or use it to create a collage-like front of a card.