This year, I acquired a snowflake puncher and a couple of clear stamps. I’ve made three cards so far. Not sure how I feel on these yet.
I didn’t know clear stamps existed. Clear stamps are basically peelable, and are used by putting them on an acrylic block. You apply the pressure to the acrylic block in order to get the ink on the ink pad onto the stamp. Then, after you’re done using the stamp, you peel the stamp off. I guess this saves making a wooden block for the old wooden block/rubber stamps. I’m not sure how I feel about them yet. So far, the clear stamp takes off ink pretty quickly, and I can’t stamp more than once. With the wooden block stamps, I can stamp multiple times before the ink runs out…so maybe the clear stamp material doesn’t absorb as much ink…or just dumps it all in the first go.
Oh, and for kicks….here’s the one rubber stamp I acquired this year. I randomly colored it, and then realized the colors reminded me of Waldo…so I drew glasses on the right penguin.
It seems that baby showers have been in the rage recently. Of course, I’m just making things up. People can have babies any time they want to, and this isn’t an April phenomenon. I’ve just recently been hit with a slew of baby shower invites. I decided to try making some custom baby shower cards. I was on a roll with the holiday cards, so why not give baby shower cards a try! Here is what I came up with. Share your baby shower and card ideas!
Being invited to a Lunar New Year party, I decided to to make a themed card for the host. Lunar New Year, sometimes known better as Chinese New Year, is celebrated by most Asian cultures. As the name suggests, the lunar new year is based on a calendar depending on the moon as opposed to the Gregorian sun calendar. This year, Lunar New Year is January 31, 2014. According to the Asian zodiac/horoscope, this year is the year of the horse.
While I was searching for card inspirations, I stumbled upon this website, which has some nice paper cutting designs. I decided to try one. Check the link out below.
The website above had a template for the horse, so I went ahead and sized it to the shape I wanted and then started.
I used red paper and yellow inside for background. In the end, I think the original creator’s white card with red background probably was a better color scheme.
To do the cutting, since I didn’t have great scissors for intricate cutting, I went ahead and used a knife. You can get away with using an exacto knife or that knife on a Swiss army knife. However, just be careful. Curves are hard with knives and sometimes, you can over cut (as I did.) I used paperclips and binder clips to keep the paper with the template on top of the red cardstock. I also put a thin magazine in the inside of the cardstock. This way, the back cover of the card won’t have holes through it when I cut the design with the knife.
Anyhow, here’s the final product~
Happy Lunar New Year!
Uh oh… it turns out I did have more than eight cards to make…. I did make the schedule and mailed quite a few out on the 17th! Alas, I found out that some of the cards I had mailed could have been delayed because I might happen to meet those people during the holidays! However, they probably wouldn’t receive the card until after X-mas anyway if meeting in person…
Card Attempt #7
Xmas Ornament Second Try!
Remember how I couldn’t cut straight lines and purposely misaligned the paper in Card #2? Well, I just went with it this time and just glued them straight. You will notice that I still cannot cut straight. I tried to draw attention away from that by adding a bow. To save myself from gluing, I strung the ribbon through two holes in the card and then tied the bow. I still have issues tying the bow. See? It came out crooked.
Card Attempt #8
Green and Snow Pop Out Xmas Tree – (Billing) Envelope Size
That giant pop out tree card #1 was a bit too big to mail. That was made from card stock sized 8.5 by 11 inches and then folded in half. Alas, I did not have any large enough sized paper to be able to make a proper envelope that would survive the post. So… here was another attempt, and I thought of people who don’t get as much snow. If too much white snow overwhelms them, why not a card with partial snow! To spiff it up, I used striped paper and then used green paint to match the trees and make the snow stand out.
Card Attempts #9 and 10
Holidays Paintings on Cardstock
Apparently, painting took less time than all the cutting and gluing, so I went ahead and painted onto the card stock and then use an envelope score board to make envelopes for these from normal paper.
Card Attempt #11
Multi Paper Card
This is just made with scrap cardstock and cut pieces of different patterns.
Card Attempt #12
Pop Out Gift Card
Cover was just made with paper and marker. The inside required two layers of paper. The white paper was cut and bent inward to create the 3D effect. Marker created the ribbon lines. Now…if the card would just stay closed…
And I’m donnnne! So fortunate not all of them had to be mailed. Anyone forget about the holidays this year because Christmas is a Wednesday?
Over the river and through the wood
To random people’s houses we Go
The (rein)deer know the way to carry the sleigh
Through the sky full of white and drifted snow.
Card Attempt #5
Random Santa Sleigh Painting on Blue
This card was just paint and blue cardstock. I spotted a painting online somewhere and tried to imitate it. Unfortunately, let’s just say things didn’t work perfectly. I accidentally drew the houses too high, and so Santa and his reindeer don’t really look like they’re in the sky… Plus, I only had one size brush to work with, so it was a bit hard to do any attempts at detail or shading. Umm, yes, that’s supposed to be the moon in back of Santa’s head. At least this one fits nicely into a normal envelope unlike all the other cards before this.
Card Attempt #6
Snowflakes and Reindeer
Ah, here is another one that fits into those long normal size envelopes (I don’t know what they are called!). I took black construction paper, cut it so it would fit and then folded it. Then, I glued a white piece of paper on the inside so a message can be written. On the front of the card, I mixed and glued scrapbook paper to create the “Happy Holidays” and backgroud. I then went and cut out small snowflakes. A few snowflakes were murdered during the process because I accidentally cut through the whole snowflake while making it. Psss… don’t tell…that’s also why the hole in the top snowflake is bigger in the middle. My scissors decided to cut all the way through instead of stopping… Such disadvantages when working with tiny pieces of paper.
More to come….
Rudolph the red nose reindeeer~
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw him,
You would see I forgot the bow!
Card Attempt #3
Reindeer with Holly Leaves
The reindeer design is based off of this person’s printable holiday card. You can get the printout of the reindeer there. However, because my card was smaller, I had to hand draw the reindeer instead of using the printout. I liked her card color scheme with the black and white, but I ultimately decided that going completely black and white didn’t seem very holiday cheer like. So, I added color with Prisma Color markers. Alas, the green bled through to show on the inside of the card too. To fix this and make it look intentional, I drew red berries on the insides of the card and drew in hollies on the back of the card too, so the back would also bleed into the other inside piece of the card.
Card Attempt #4
Joy to the World Sticker Hole
What to do… I had some old holiday themed stickers around, so I decided to make use of them otherwise they would probably just keep sitting on my shelf for…the many years they already have. I decided to have the sticker on the inside of the card and cut a whole on the front of the card. Then, because the front looked too plain, I added snow (white paint) and a gold ribbon to make it look like a hanging Christmas tree ornament. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the bow to look right, so I just crossed the ribbon. Because the inside looked too white with just the sticker inside, I added badly cut blue stars at the corners of the inside.
More to come….
~Share your ideas! What do you think? Do you make your own cards?~