Archive | January, 2012

An Easel Card

30 Jan

I’ve been having a bit of an experimental few weeks, trying out new ways of making cards and playing with the art of papercraft a little bit. I recently bought an issue of the magazine “Papercraft Inspirations”, and in this issue they had instructions for making easel cards, so I had a go at making one myself.

Card Layout

This card was so easy to make (for full instructions see Papercraft Inspirations Issue #96) and I decided to embellish it by simply layering some paper flowers topped with coloured buttons on the back section of the card.

The lower section was simply covered with a sheet of patterned paper, and a red button was glued to act as a small post to prob the easel up. The red bow on the front was added because the card looked too plain on the base compared to the business of the easel.

I love the way this card has turned out; something different to the type of cards I usually make. I imagine I will probably use this layout a lot more in the future so watch this space. A new trend could be just beginning 🙂

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Love – An Anniversary Card

13 Jan

So as my last posts have been Christmas cards I thought I should publish something with a different theme.

This card is probably one of my favourites that I’ve made, mainly because it’s simplicity is what makes it turn out so beautiful.

I gave this card to my grandparents for their anniversary back in September 2009, and it was my first time using handmade paper as a special effect on a card. I have to be honest, I liked the effect it made so much that it’s become an effect I’ve used a lot over the last few years.

Cross Stitch

The cross stitch pattern on the card was one I found online during a random search in Google images for “cross stitch” and had copied down for use later. I opted to use just one colour to stitch the design, which I think was a good move as too many colours may have made the stitch appear too crowded.

Card Layout

The edge of the cross stitch was cut using pinking shears, and the cross stitch was taped to a sheet of pink handmade paper. I then gently tore the handmade paper against a ruler for straight-ish lines toform a rectangle around the stitch. The nature of handmade paper means that when it’s torn the edges appear frayed, and so gives the lovely effect shown on the card. This patch was then tapes to a simple white rectangular card and the card was finished.

 

This design would also make a lovely wedding or Valentin’es card, as well as an anniversary card. I do remember being very happy with this card when I made it, and I still think of it as one of my favourites now. I may think about duplicating this card, but perhaps for a different occasion, and with a different colour scheme this time. Watch this space 🙂

Felt Stocking Card – First Use of Waste Canvas

10 Jan

This card was my first attempt at using waste canvas. I have to be honest, as much as I really like the finished effect, I’m not the biggest fan of waste canvas.

For those not in the know, waste canvas is laid on top of the fabric you intend the finished design to be stitched upon. You then stitch your design, get the fabric wet and pull the individual strands of canvas out from underneath the stitching. I should note that when I made this card, I was unaware that I needed to get the fabric wet in order to facilitate pulling the strands out.

Cross Stitch

The actual design for the stocking was taken from a recent issue of CrossStitcher magazine (Issue 246) and I opted to try waste canvas to stitch the pattern onto felt as opposed to soluable aida (my reasoning being I didn’t think I had to get waste canvas wet).

Stitching with waste canvas was easy enough; however the removal of the strands from underneath the stitching proved difficult. I was glad I had long nails at the time as they were handy in gripping the strands to pull out. I feel I must add that I felt as though my finger and thumb-tips were bruised for the day after removing all of the canvas.

Card Layout

After all the hard work removing the waste canvas, I felt a simple design for the card would suffice. I merely cut the stocking shape out of the felt, attached a small piece of ribbon to the top corner of the stocking in a loop, and mounted the felt stocking onto a square of green card using double sided sticky tape. I used pinking shears around the edge of the green card for an effect, then taped this onto a red card.

I do like this card, but I don’t think I will be in a hurry to stitch using waste canvas again. I’m not convinced the final product is worth the pain and effort required to remove each strand individually from underneath the stitching. That said, I have since discovered I am meant to get the canvas wet before attempting to remove it from underneath the design. Maybe I should give it one more shot, and do it properly before making my mind up fully? However, as it currently stands, I’m not the biggest fan of using waste canvas.

Misteltoe Berries

5 Jan

This card was made for my grandparents for Christmas in 2011. Technically it was very simple to make, but I was very happy with the finished product. I particuarly enjoyed the effect of the contrasted snowflake in the lower corner, and I feel that the slightly off-centred layout provides a quirky feel to the card.

Cross Stitch

The cross stitch pattern used is one from a pre-packed “mini stitch kit” purchased from Hobbycraft, and as such the design only took 3-4 hours to complete. All the threads and aida required for this stitch were provided in the aforementioned kit, and no additional materials were purchased in order to make the cross stitch.

Card Layout

The cross stitch pattern was layered using double-sided sticky tape on top of a dark green card cut smaller than the red card I intended to further mount this green card upon.

The snowflake effect around the right hand corner of the card was acheived by using a snowflake shaped hole punch (size 2, again purchased from Hobbycraft). The green card was then attached to the red in the upper right hand corner with double-sided sticky tape, ensuring that there was tape underneath each snowflake. I then used red glitter to acheive the glittering snowflake half-border on the card.

I then opened the hole punch and removed a single green snowflake cut from the card and attached this to the lower left hand corner of the card using PVA glue to provide a contrast to the red glittering snowflakes. The welsh “Nadolig Llawen” stickers (Papermania) were then attached at a right angle to this snowflake to complete the card.