cardmaking


I made a birthday card on the Cricut the other day. I downloaded the shape file after finding it in the  SCAL forum, but I don’t have the direct website addy to hand as it’s on the laptop which is occupied by son doing schoolwork.

The papers are Basic Grey Figgy Pudding. Isn’t it cute? Here (in blurry  form) are the bits cut out, before I stuck it all together with glue and foam tape (foam to lift the birdie up, you can see it already on the under-birdie). I left the branch ends unstuck so they could bend up a bit, and added some tiny alpha stickers.

A while back I posted a sheep card I had made. I thought he was pretty cute. Well, recently I needed something handmade to offer as a swap item. And I also got a Cricut for my birthday! (Hmm, should post a pic of that baby too.)

So, after a quick visit to the SureCutsaLot forum for a scalloped circle, and a little play on the sureCuts software to make the circle into a folding card, I used my cricut to cut out a small flock of sheep. The rest or the features I still made by hand – the faces, ears and legs are all cut from black card and glued or foam taped in place, and the faces and hoof-splits are drawn on with white pen.

Sheep. Gotta love em. Pigs would be cute too.

Sheep, flat out!

Baaaaaaa!

This really isn’t that complicated. I could do it. You can get a template from somewhere like The Papercraft Tutor or you can decide for yourself how big you want each step to be. Note – don’t crease the whole card in the centre fold to start with, as the steps don’t fold at that point.

Once you know how big your steps are, cut layers of colour to fit them. These all came from a single sheet of what, from memory because I can’t find the leftovers at the moment, was Daisy Bucket’s Garden Gate range. An older release.

Here’s a pic of the card slightly flattened, in case you haven’t seen one of these before and want a different perspective.

I added some lace, some bling to a few flower centres, and spots of kindy glitz to the spots on the blue-background patterned paper.

I think these display type cards would be great as get well cards.

It might be sensible to call for psychiatric help. Clearly this is unreasonable and obsessive behaviour from a person who typically irons only when pressed (HA HA HA) by her husband, which is about three times a year.

But this ribbon, it had folds in it from being wrapped around a card. And I wanted to make a flower with curves, not folds. So, I ironed it. Then I looped it into a flower with a pin holding it all together on a piece of foam. When I had the petals just where I wanted, I pinned down them down:

(card pic after the jump)

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Here’s a quick card I made for a little boy. I won’t claim it’s new and original, and I’ve seen so many paper sheep around the internet I can’t give any particular link.

I wanted to use goggle eyes on him but I couldn’t find the ones I thought I had. So I simply drew on features with with a white gel pen. I made the head by cutting an oval out with scallop scissors, then sitting it on black cardboard and drawing a face shape… cut out and stick. Put on black again, draw on ears… cut and stick (cut them as one piece not two separate ears). Attach to the top of a scallop circle card using foam tape.

Make the scallop circle card by folding a white card (mine was from some junk mail) and tracing a scallop circle on top, leaving out one scallop to act as a join at the top of the card. I can give a link for the scallop circle. Since I don’t have a massive punch or a die cutter, I used a template from The Papercraft Tutor, although she recently  had to re-upload everything so I can’t guarantee it’s still available.

Lie the sheep body on, you guessed it, black cardboard. Sketch on some legs then cut them out with enough extra to stick to the body with double sided tape.

I also added a little tail cut with scallop scissors, attaching the top with dst and putting a little foam tape under the tip so it sticks out a bit.

Here’s a simple card! I’m sure you can see for yourself how it is made. Cut a circle out of a paper rectangle, and a smaller circle from another paper or card to fill the space. Decorate. Enjoy.

I didn’t have any red flowers so I inked a white one so I could put two different ones on there.

Just a quick post to keep in touch, I made this card a few weeks ago but as mentioned in the last post I have been away this week. I’ll do a better post in a day or two. I am working on a few projects at the moment, partly fueled by some determined op-shopping while I was away. I picked up some cheap yarn and knitting needles as well as a few clothing items. (It was a kids’ thing I was at, so the kids were busy but I had some free time… life is tough! No internet access though, which was probably good for me for a change LOL.)

Have a nice day!

This is the card that won me Judges Choice in the local Show. I was pretty chuffed with myself when I made it, I will admit, but the judge might take it back if she realised how easy it was. As you can probably tell, it’s a three-layer box. Here are the three layers of mine before sticking together: (more…)

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