Isn't this a fun way to put butterfly's on a card! Thank you pinterest I would have never have though to arrangement them like this.
Today I am becoming best friends with my envelope punch board. I just received my first card commission, and need to become proficient at making envelopes. The owner of Nacreous Alchemy needs a pack of mini cards and envelopes to hold little business cards, and receipts. I just love the design I came up with for her. And more importantly so does she. So it's off to fold, and cut, and fold, and cut, and fold again for this evening.
I saw this great tutorial the other day by Lawn Fawn on how to make a Shaker Card. She made it seem so easy, and there is something in her voice that makes you want to jump up and make whatever she is making so that is what I did. And this cute shaker card is what I ended up with. I put a ton of sequences and some little stamped images in there to shake around, and it turned out adorable if I do say so myself.
We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Tool -- Sulyn Sequin Assortment 9 Pouch Sampler 27 Grams -- Neenah Specialty Cardstock 12 X 12 Inches kit -- Fiskars 152490-1002 Portable Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch -- Story Stamps Miss Caroline Collection (My Minds Eye) -- Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips -- Ranger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Diamond -- Fiskars Lever Punch, Medium, Circle -- Fiskars Lever Punch, X-Large, Circle -- Fiskars XX-Large Lever Punch, Circle -- EK Success Tools Punch, Flowers and Leaves -- Spellbinders S5-127 Nestabilities Labels Twenty Eight Die Templates -- Scotch Advanced Tape Glider -- Scor-Tape 1/8" X 27yds-
I bought the whole set of the Jenni Bowlin vintage book cover stamps. They are just so much fun. They are the perfect size for little note cards, or present topper gift cards. Below is a video on how I made this adorable little note card.
- Card Base Measures 3 by 4 3/4 inches
- Score at 2 1/2. The 2 1/2 measurement is the back of the card. I left some room on the side on the front of the card for the border punch to show.
- the border punch measures 3 inches long
- the tickets that I put on the front to cover up the words on the original stamping are 5/16 by 1 and 7/16 inch (the 1st ticket on the EK success ticket punch)
- the ticket on the inside is the 2nd ticket on the EK success ticket punch 1 by 2 3/16 inch
Jenni Bowlin Studio - Grocers List-- EK Success Punch, Photo Labels-- Hero Arts Stamps EVERYDAY SAYINGS cl342-- DMC Cotton Thread Blue Embrodary Floss-- Fiskars Border Punch, Apron Lace-- StazOn Ink, Jet Black-- Ranger Liquid Pearls, White Opal-- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo-- Neenah Kraft Cardstock -- My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart Be Amazing paper-- Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive-- Scotch Tape Glider-- Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board-- Tonic Studios Snips-- Fiskars Compact Stamp Press-- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer
One of my main projects for 2012 was to work more with color. Color in my artwork is something that I have always ignored. My designs with jewelry and sculpture have usually been in metal or monochromatic so there was never any real need for color. But, I realized this might be hurting my design process. And in an effort to keep growing I wanted to push myself in the area that I'm least comfortable with. So last year in my spare time color was my new project. But how to go about that. If I was actually going to be serious about it I would have to make the pursuit fun. But, again, how to do that. And then while browsing around one of my favorite stores The Paper Source thumbing through their amazing papers it hit me... card and package design.
I have been fascinated with package design since I started studying Japanese culture ages ago. They have this unique affinity for wrapping packages, and gifts that is unparalleled in the rest of the world. I have been making cards and boxes for presents for years, but always making them out of scraps of materials laying around the house. For some reason I just never made it over to the scrapbooking section of the craft store. But after buying my first 6x6 paper pad I was hooked. Scrapbook papers are so amazing these days that you simply can't walk by a pad and not thumb through them. Then and there I decided to start out by making the cards and little items around the house I use to make out of scraps, out of these beautiful papers. A funny thing happened though. I would buy the paper and not use it. Just look at it from time to time still making things out of scraps. You know what my problem was? The paper was just too pretty! I couldn't make myself cut it up. Also there was an element of, "if the thing that I was making good enough for the paper to be used for it". This mindset had to go! So that is why I started this blog to showcase the items I have made, forcing me to use those pretty, pretty papers. As well as focusing on color, and pushing my designs sense. So here is my first foray into this new medium. It's a sweet little card made with Basic Grey Konnichiwa Paper and Hero Arts Konnichiwa stamp set.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Spun Sugar-- Tonic Studios Micro Serrated Snips-- Uni-Ball Gel Pen- White-- Sakura Micron Ink Pen Black-- Hero Arts Rubber Stamp: Three Japanese Dolls-- A2-Size Cards, White-- Lifestyle Crafts Envelopes, A2-Size-- BasicGrey Konnichiwa 6x6 Paper Pad-- Tombow Adhesive Runner-- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch
I used the scissors for fussy cutting the dolls, lanterns and flowers. The spun sugar pad was for inking up the edges. I attached everything together with the adhesive runner. The white gel pen was for the little sewing lines around the inside of the card. And the Sakura black pen was for touch ups to the stamping areas, and to write the message on the inside.
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