Thursday, May 17, 2012
These fit in #8 envelopes which I purchased in bulk at an office supply store. Some of the girls in class mentioned that they have been purchasing them at discount stores. I thought they were a different size but when I compared them this morning they are the same size so consider that option when buying envelopes.
THRIFTY TIP: To make two #8 cards from an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock cut off two pieces that measure 3.5" x 11". The scrap that is left over (1.5"x 11") is exactly the right width for adding to the 11" (11" + 1.5"= 12.5") to make a 6.25" card (6.25 x 2 = 12.5). Cut two 1.5" x 3.5" pieces and add to the two pieces you have already cut. I usually hide the joint below an element or a layer.
In this case I added a piece of double sided tape below the two rectangles which holds in place the 1.5" x 3.5" piece I added to the front bottom of the card. You could also choose to add a piece in a different colour which works just as well and uses up scraps.
These cards featured a decorative paper with bold stripes including gold which added richness to the look of the completed cards. I echoed the gold by adding a layer below the images. We sponged the images using a round template which left a nice white border all the way around the image - love that look! I coloured the details in the images using watercolour. The images and the sponging template (transparency) were cut using my round Nestibilities. I used the same bow technique I used on this card which involves punching a small hole in the greeting, pushing a loop of seam binding from back to front and inserting several small lengths into the loop. The bow is formed by pulling both long ends to tighten it nicely. It works very well with seam binding which is soft and pliable and makes a bow with very little bulk because there is no actual knot. The greetings were colour printed and trimmed with decorative scissors. The digital images are from Arthur's Clip Art. This site has a large index to help you locate the images you are looking for.
Take time to celebrate the best of the men in your life and let them know you appreciate them with a handmade card!!
I added a large ribbon across the middle and layered on a colour printed image to which I added some photo corners. These photo corners have been in my stash for a while and I was happy to get a chance to use them. I liked the vintage scrapbook look, especially with the Eiffel tower image. On one of the cards I stapled the corrugated paper to the card front and on the second one I simply glued it in place. Just a different look!! Added the three little diamonds to finish it off. These digital images were colour printed but you could certainly consider using images from packaging or collage sheets or real photos. All the images are from The Graphics Fairy. She has a lot of images so use the search box to find what you are looking for. Many of the girls at class were looking for more of this sailboat image. Enjoy!!
Our first card featured a little tag greeting!! I printed up a few Happy Father's Day tags so anyone who wanted to could customize their card. We debossed the front so that the tag could easily be slipped into the slot and added decorative paper to the left. I used the SU window punch to create the slot and only glued the outside edges of that layer to create a pocket for the tag to slide into. The watercoloured image was layered onto the front of the tag holder and a small piece of ribbon was stapled to the tag.
I laser printed these are digital images - the leaf is from Beccy's Place and the bison is from Arthur's Clip art. Several of the other images I used were from Clker.
I love digital images because they can be sized to suit any project and always print perfectly! There are many places where you can download images for free so check out the links I have on the right hand side of my blog to see what you can find for your next project.
The digital image is by Melon Headz Illustration. She has a wide variety of images so check out her site!! I have used several other ones here . I created the art at the same time that I created these ones. I love the bold look of this image and the message is inspirational!! We all need to be reminded of what is important in life!!