Here’s a few random cards I’ve been making recently. This first one was made using some free stamps I got with my Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine, which are really lovely. I coloured the image in with pencils, mounted it onto spotty paper, put a strip of striped paper down the side of the card, and stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ three times in the corner, using a different colour ink for the middle one.
Again, the backing papers for this card came free with a magazine, although I can’t remember which one. I used my flower punch on two colours of patterned paper to make the little flowers, then found a bigger blue flower from my extensive stash to match. Tiny blue brads hold the flowers together, and I mounted them to the card using double sided tape.
I love this card, the colours are so fab! The gorgeous sparkly flower I received as part of a swap from Swap-Bot. There was a whole packet full of them, and I spent many happy minutes sorting through them and choosing which ones to mount together. Once I’d chosen the red & orange theme, I knew exactly which ribbon to use with the flower – also received from a (different) swap! The ribbon is unlike any I have seen before – it has almost a gauze-like outer layer, surrounding red and orange fibres inside it. So beautiful! And so quick to make! The most time-consuming part of the process was working out how to attach the see-through ribbon to the card without the edges fraying, or the adhesive being either visible or ‘feelable’ through the fabric. I ended up using super-strong double sided tape at the top and bottom of the card, but folded the ribbon over itself before attaching it, so there is about 10mm of double thickness ribbon at the top and bottom to hide both the tape and the stickiness. You can just about see it if you look closely.
During my no-spend challenge in January, I didn’t join a single Swap-Bot swap. Come February and I was getting withdrawal symptoms, so I decided to join a UK only ATC swap, to keep the cost down. The theme of the swap was ‘Hearts’. I think I may have gone a little overboard with the theme as I can count over 25 hearts visible on this tiny ATC!
I used some old sheet music and cut out a couple of heart shapes, colouring one in with a red ProMarker. I also coloured in one heart on some black and white heart backing paper (I do love the black white & red colour scheme!). Some red adhesive pearls and a ribbon bow completed the look.
Eye Test ATC
As I mentioned in my Back in the Craft Room post in January, my mother-in-law gave me some awesome sight test and spectacle themed stamps for Christmas. So far I haven’t used them nearly enough! So I thought I’d have a go at making an ATC. I stamped the spec frame onto vellum and cut it out, so the vellum looks like lenses. I used a blue marker pen to add some eyes behind the lenses (there was a bit of a disaster when the glue I used to fix the specs onto the ATC smeared the eyeball all over the back of the lens, but I just about managed to resurrect it, although you can still see the smudge ). I stamped an eye test chart onto white card, then mounted it onto blue paper, then onto the backing card. I edged the whole ATC with a blue marker pen to match, then wrote ‘Lens number one, or lens number two?’ all around the edge of the ATC to create a border. I’m really pleased with how it’s come out!
I’ve missed the boat a bit for Valentine’s it would seem. Whoops. Regardless, here’s a couple of cards I made on a ‘love’ theme. Valentine’s or not, they could just as easily be used as an anniversary card – which is exactly what I did with the second card.
I found this sweet little heart charm in amongst some bits and pieces I was sent in a swap. Tying the fibre through the tiny hole was tricky, but I love the colours of it. I’m not totally happy with this card as I think the proportions seem wrong, but I reckon I could add some silver writing or peel-offs around the red border to make it look more balanced.
I bought this heart print for the princely sum of about 20p, and used my ProMarkers to colour it in. A matching red mount and some ribbon tied around the card and Robert’s your father’s brother as they say. I’m going to have to buy some more of those prints, they’re so pretty!
Ive finally managed to get back into the craft room today, for the first time since before Christmas. And I do mean literally – my craft room floor has been piled high with all sorts since the week before Christmas when my parents visited, and I just shoved it all in to get it out of the way. I’ve not been able to set more than one foot in there for weeks.
So today was the day. My husband went out for a bike ride and my son helped me transfer all the mess from the craft room to the lounge, to allow more space for sorting (he was bribed in this endeavour with sweets). About half way through I left the room, and when I returned it struck me – what a disaster zone!
It was at this point that I started to frantically try and return things to their rightful homes before my husband got home and wanted to actually sit down! How I managed to fit all that stuff into a room the size of a postage stamp I’ll never know.
Anyway, this evening I managed to actually *do* some craft. Three birthday cards in fact (only one of which has a recipient planned, the others are for ‘stock’).
I’ll share just one with you tonight, the one for my father-in-law, whose birthday is at the end of the month. My mother-in-law gave me these awesome stamps for my birthday, and I think they’re going to get lots of use!
Day 24: Flowers and Ribbons
I’ve saved my favourites until last. They contain my four favourite card-making materials: ribbon, brads, paper flowers and peel-offs – perfect! The *only* thing I don’t like about them is that they’re too thick to post as a standard card, and need a large letter stamp. But, you can’t have everything, and I think these cards are so pretty that I have actually gone against my natural instincts and posted a few of them!
I had such a lot of fun making these. I’ve made 13 in total, all slightly different. The flowers and epoxy brads in the centres are from the same range, and I bought them at the NEC craft fair back in November. The various ribbons have been either puchased or received in swaps. I started by making the flowers and choosing a suitable brad to go in the centre of each. When I had a pile of those, I had to decide which ribbon would go best with which flower. Then finally I could choose the card blank. It took a while to get to the ‘construction’ stage of cardmaking, but once I did, the cards came together really quickly.
How to make these cards:
- Choose two or three different sized paper flowers in complementary colours. Use a matching Christmassy epoxy brad to attach the flowers together.
- Choose a suitable colour small square card blank and ribbon of about 1 inch width. Wrap the ribbon vertically around the card about a third of the way from the crease. Secure with double sided tape.
- Attach the flower about two thirds of the way up the ribbon. Either use double sided tape, or make a small hole and push the brad through the card to secure it.
- Place a greeting peel-off in the bottom right corner of the card.
I like to use double sided tape to attach ribbon, but it does depend on the type of ribbon you have chosen as to how you do this. The silver ribbon in the blue and pink cards above is thin and the stickiness of the tape comes through it. I used a double layer of ribbon by folding it under itself before using the tape, and this seemed to work well. I did also pop a bit of tape under the ribbon where the flower is attached, to give a bit of extra security.
So that concludes my Advent Christmas Card Challenge! Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and I also hope that it’s inspired you to get making some cards yourself. I’d love to see your efforts, so please do post a link to your blog in the comments below so I can see what you’ve been up to!
Day 20: Tunnocks Teacake Wrapper
You may have seen a version of this card on my blog previously, but I love it so much that I thought I’d share my new version of it with you. I made a few of these last year, but I confess, I stole the idea from another WordPress blog, HomeShoppingSpy. You can read the original article that inspired me here. It’s two years old now, but the idea remains – buy teacakes, eat teacakes, make cards using the wrappers. Really, what more could you ask for?! The main difficulty comes in training the family to remove the wrappers carefully, without tearing them, and without balling them up to make a cat toy either. But once you have a supply of wrappers, the cards are very easy to make.
To make this card:
- Glue the wrapper onto some plain cardstock and leave to dry.
- Cut the wrapper into a cracker shape by making a long rectangle, then cutting notches where the central silver circle is.
- Tie two lengths of ribbon into a bow around the notches.
- Attach the cracker to a Kraft card blank using adhesive foam pads.
- Using a red pen, draw little stars over the background, and write a greeting in the bottom corner.
Tomorrow I’ll show you what you can use the leftover bits of wrapper for…
Day 18: Santa toppers
I was browsing round a craft shop recently and found a lovely 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking sheet with lots of Santa Claus images – 24 to be exact. Each image is 2″ x 3″, and just crying out to be made into a fab Christmas card! I’ve still not used all the images up yet, but I’ve enjoyed making each card slightly different. I received the brown mesh ribbon in a swap – I wish I knew where to get some more from – it looks so good with the distressed style of the images.
How to make these cards:
- Take a Santa image and mount onto cream cardstock, leaving a 3 mm border around the edge.
- Mount this onto matching coloured paper.
- Take a 4″ length of mesh ribbon and dab the back with a glue stick. Stick onto a 5″ square cream card blank, either to one side (for a horizontal topper) or along the bottom (for a vertical topper). I also used a small strip of very strong double sided tape hidden behind the topper to make sure it stayed put!
- Place the topper so it slightly overlaps the ribbon, and is to one side of the card.
- Finally, put a greeting peel-off in the remaining space.
I’ve also made a few cards with some red mesh ribbon which I’ve had pretty much since I started crafting. I never had any idea what to do with it, but it looks great on these cards. It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, inspiration is bound to strike eventually!
This one looks a bit more fancy. I’ve used several layers of pearlescent card, and I think that the red fibre sets it off nicely. It was a bit more work than the other design though, so I stuck with the mesh ribbon / santa topper / peel-off combo for the bulk of the cards I’ve made so far with these Santas.