Sunday, October 2, 2011

World Card Making Day!

As this weekend is coming to a close, I hope that you have had a chance to enjoy sometime to relax and  unwind.  That for me translates to: paper crafting and baking.  To celebrate World Card Making Day, I had a card class at my home.  I know these economic times are difficult, and there doesn't seem like there is an end in sight.  So, for WCMD, I wanted to share some tips and tricks on making your paper crafting supplies last longer.  Little ideas to help get more cards out of a roll of ribbon, how to ink, use, and fall in love with a background stamp.  How to use some scraps to make a card, quick.  What to do with the left overs from a Scrapbook page kit.  See, useful tips and tricks, and we got to make 4 cards!

The first two cards are made from scraps.  The first card uses scraps from the Tea Time simply scrappin' kit.  The second card uses scraps from Cheerful Treats DSP.  I used the same stamp set, to show how a simple sentiment can get alot of mileage.  I used You're Cherished stamp set, but the Thank You Kindly stamp set would be perfect, too!  I used the same ribbon and base cardstock for both cards.  

Tip:  I also made 'poor-man' bows.  Wrap a scrap piece of ribbon around the front of your card, and then another small piece around the wrapped piece.   Tip:  use the string of rhinestones to add sparkle to your card.  They are already lined up, so you don't have to center or space them.  Trick: when stamping on pattern paper, use the lightest or less patterned paper.  Also, stamp your sentiment in a dark color, such as black or dark brown.  You don't want your words to compete with objects or get lost in a busy pattern.  Trick:  use the pattern paper from the same package, because they already coordinate. 

The second two cards are made with stamps that may seem intimidating or over-whelming.    The first card uses a background stamp: Hello, Doily, and an abstract object: Timeless Treasures.  The second card uses a stamp set with a large font: Hand-Penned  Holidays.  I used the same cardstock for both cards.  I used the same colors of ink, too!

Tip: use a brayer to ink a large or background stamp so you get even coverage.  Tip: swipe wax paper over your cardstock before using a stylis to score your paper.  It helps create smooth score lines.  Trick: when using a large stamp, stamp off the cardstock, so the image is not centered.  That way, you don't have to be perfect.  Any variation will look beautiful.  Trick: stamp the background stamp in a light color and your object in a dark color.  Trick: add a large faux half-pearl to the knot of linen thread.

Here is a card, that my granddaughter made for her mom (my daughter):

Thank you for looking.  I hope that you were able to carve out sometime to create, and exercise the other half of your brain - the creative side.  I hope you stop by again, soon! Take care.

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