Celebrate the beginning of summer with this fun card project.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 card
provided pattern of the birdhouse
8.2 x 5.6 in light blue marbled cardstock
left-over sand-colored cardstock for the bottom part of the bird house
left-over red cardstock for the roof of the bird house
green cardstock for the grass
small piece of black cardstock
Artline 210 Fineliner Pen
Faber Castell watercolor pencils
Score the 8.2 x 5.6 inch blue marbled cardstock length-wise to create a card sized 5.6 x 4.1 inches.
With the fold at the left, use the Artline 210 Fineliner pen to draw a black vine border in the top right corner of the card.
Trace the birdhouse onto the sand-colored and red cardstock, cut it out and glue to the front of the card.
Draw grass onto the green cardstock, cut it out and glue the grass to the front of the card.
Cut a small circle from the black cardstock and glue this in place on the birdhouse. This will be the "entrance" to the birdhouse.
Use a dampened light green watercolor pencil to add leaves to the vine border, and to add some shadows to the grass.
Then, use the Artline 210 Fineliner pen to add some detail to the leaves.
Use a dampened red watercolor pencil to add small flowers to the grass, and dampened red and yellow watercolor pencils to add flowers to the vine border.
Again, add some detail to the flowers with the Artline 210 Fineliner pen.
Use dampened yellow and white watercolor pencils to add shadows to the entrance of the birdhouse.
Use the Fineliner pen to add some detail to the birdhouse, so that it will look as if the house was made with wooden slats.
Finish the design by adding two small butterflies with the Fineliner pen.
Photos included: Photo 1: The pattern of the birdhouse. Photo 2: Draw a black vine border in the top right corner of the card. Photo 3: Glue the birdhouse and grass in place. Photo 4: Add leaves to the vine border. Photo 5: Add the flowers to the vine and grass. Photo 6: The completed card.
Recycle chocolate foil wrappers to make beautiful butterflies such as are on the card in this tutorial. Once you have mastered this, you can easily transfer the technique to other projects such as butterfly magnets, decorate cigar boxes etc.
Approximate Time: 60 minutes
Yield: depends on how many wrappers you have.
chocolate foil wrappers in various colours
shape or die cutter
clear contact plastic
Stamp butterfly on the front of a cold laminate scrap with Jet Black Staz On
Peel backing off the cold laminate.
Apply small pieces of foils coloured side against tacky surface, in areas as desired or follow photo for placement suggestion. Working with small pieces is easier to ensure minimal colour outside chosen areas. A pair of tweezers is handy here!
Continue adhering the foils until whole butterfly is covered.
Cut around stamped and foiled image.
Bend laminate to lift wings.
Using the Coluzzle Cutting System or other cutting system, cut 2 ovals for card front as per photo.
Glue ovals onto card front.
Decorate card base as desired
Glue butterfly's body only to the top of card as per photo, lifting wings slightly to give definition.
Homemade note cards that are hand-decorated in addition to using your printer for a few basics, and make the envelopes to match. Wrap in packets of 8 or 10 and give them to teachers, friends, and co-workers.
Approximate Time: 2-3 hours depending on how much you want to put into them.
8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets of paper, mix and match the colors
a few sheets of multi-colored card stock
ribbon or other decorative items of choice, such as tiny silk flowers or beads
plain and decorative scissors
paper punches of choice
fine-tip Sharpie pen
Gather up materials and supplies that you have available. I usually have one or two of the discontinued wallpaper books (real paper, not vinyl) and you can cut bits and pieces of pretty flowers or shapes that interest you to add touches of color and decorations to your notes.
Decide what choices you have and how they can be used.
Make the note-card first. You can begin with some clip-art from the internet or draw something yourself after folding the paper and trimming away 1/4 inch from sides and bottom of folded note. The folds will stay intact at the tops and left sides of our notes and "plus sheets".
You can take apart tiny silk flowers, using only the parts that appeal to your sense of design. Add to the notes by punching out small shapes from card stock or other paper, and gluing them in place.
I like to make the punched shapes using the card stock, and layering them like petals on a flower. It adds interest and dimension. Leaves can be cut out just using the scissors "freehand" and maybe adding tiny touches of "veining" with the fine-tipped Sharpie. Be sure your note ends up a bit smaller than your envelope and the "plus" sheet of paper.
Fold your "plus" sheet and cut a tiny bit from sides and bottom with decorative scissors. The "Plus Sheet" is for people (like me) who intend to write just a note, but end up writing 2 whole pages. It's there for you and matches your "note card". You don't have to use it if you don't want to.
Make your envelope. Lay your finished note card on the sheet of paper and fold it to fit. Be sure to leave enough room to fit the note and the "Plus Sheet" in the envelope. Cut and glue the sides to form it correctly. Remember to keep in mind all the rules about letter sizes that your post office has about mail. They don't like "square things". If you can see them, there are the letters "A", "B" and "C" printed on the pattern of the envelope. A and B are folded in first, then glue is added to either side of the bottom "C" which folds up to make the envelope. Allow them to dry overnight if possible, before using.
You can make all the notes just alike or make each one different. People enjoy having a little variety to choose from when they are ready to write. Besides that, handmade gifts are never supposed to look like they were machine-made.
Tie the note-cards (with the envelopes) together with a ribbon, and wrap them. Don't forget to add a bow and a tag "To my Friend with Love" or "To my Favorite Teacher with Love and Appreciation".
Make a few for yourself while you're at it and write your friend or family member a note. He or she is thinking of you and would love to hear from you.
Enjoy your creative time. The things you make with your own hands are "Gifts of Love", or just RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness).
Our granddaughter is graduating from preschool Friday. She has a house kitty that she adores. Whenever I find a card with a picture that looks like her Cookie, I buy it. I found a birthday card but not a graduating from preschool one. I decided to create the personal greeting for inside on my computer. I printed it, mounted it on a piece of colored paper, and glued it inside over the original birthday greeting. She will never know.
I have not bought a greeting card of any kind for more years than I can remember. How easy it is to make all kinds of beautiful cards with personalized photos from your own computer. Print Shop is the software I began with but I have used Print Artist for years. My grandchildren have made their own school alentines using this program. I can't remember the time they bought Valentine's cards for their friends. If you are a photography buff many of your very own photos can be easily inserted in your cards. And pick your own words or special quote to insert inside the card. When you are finished you will wonder why you ever spent money on those store bought cards.
Another good idea is making your own gifts. Friends enjoy handmade gifts much more than the store bought kind. When I was newly married I made gifts out of necessity, but I have kept up that tradition since, for over 40 years now. The list of patterns and ideas is endless if you search on Google or Yahoo. You don't have to spend any money for almost all of the good ideas out there. Try with a simple gift like a hand painted flower pot given with a pkg. of seeds tied to it with a beautiful bow. Go pick up that Christmas ribbon that is on sale now for next to nothing.
Truly, truly, you can save so much money now with going handmade; handmade cookie mixes in jars (yes, those recipes are out there for nothing too), hand made cards and sentimental notes, handmade everything (soap, hand creams, etc.) A little footwork will get you going with absolutely stunning and very satisfying rewards.
Greeting cards made from card stock, ribbons, and beads.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
light weight cardstock
cutouts from magazine
Fold an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of textured cardstock to make a greeting card.
Choose a shape from a old magazine, book, or copy one from any "free" clip art sites.
Once you have your image (I cut mine out from an old magazine), glue the entire page on to a piece of lightweight cardstock (easier to cut).
Cut out your shape (save the remaining pieces for later projects. Now I have my template to be used over again. (Keeping the original picture on the template also reminds me what the shape is). You now use template to make shapes from other papers, cardstock, or chip board.
For my head wrap, I cut different ribbons, making sure that left a inch border on both sides. Each ribbon overlaps to make a seamless look.
Once dry, I turned over the shape and cut off the excess ribbon.
Before gluing the shape to the cardstock, I added embellishments. (I had a stretched out the bracelet which I doubled to look like a necklace.) You can add other embellishments to suit your taste.
There you have it. A unique handmade greeting to present to family or friends. The only purchase was the textured cardstock. I had all the other materials on hand.
One woman's remnant, is another woman's reward. Every single garage sale/estate sale I have ever been to has had at least one bag of miscellaneous sewing notions: buttons, lace, beads, and threads for cheap. Or, I've seen them tossed curbside after not selling them in their brief sale.
This is what I do as I look through it at home:
Over the years I have accumulated so many bargain or "found" all-occasion cards so that I have a bundle. The newer ones in stores are clever, have special ornamentation added to the outside, along with a few dollar increase in price. I spend a little time in the card sections of stores a few times a year, learning what/how they've made the old styles special.
Like a scrapbook page, I spend a few rare free hours enjoying the goodie bag, old jewelry box, or tiny brown paper sack of bits and pieces of metallic cording, soutache trim, suede leather remnants, one-of-a-kind trims, left over from someone else's imagination/projects. I then come up with a lot of interesting ideas for improving the most boring out-of-date cards I have, starting with the oldest stack first. I do only a few at a time, in only a few categories.
If I have a card with nothing but a tall pines photo, I use the tiny leather strips for embellishing the bark, and use tiny pressed fern leaves, pre-sprayed with hair-spray, which I've pressed/saved in a phone directory, for three-dimensional leaves on the closest trees. Glue any old unused spices make up "woodsy" ground covering, (with a mini-trimmed feather) and even a tiny paper kite cut-out from a magazine illustration, thickened by glue, attached to a piece of tiny cording, "caught up" in the tree top. A single tiny layer of trimmed thin poly cotton from an old medicine bottle packaging, overlapping one of the highest branches for a cloud-covering adds curious mystique and brings back childhood memories to the recipient.
I'm careful not to make any of the embellished cards too thick for their envelopes, otherwise I must use one of the several odd larger spare card envelopes that I've accumulated from making a mistake from poor writing or messiness inside the original card that I had to toss. See, I just save and recycle as much as I can and truly enjoy doing it, for free, except for the glues, during the few odd times I have breaks, rare as those times are. Being crafty in the past does help, even as one ages. I'm planning to take some of the supplies to my mother in the assisted living home on a covered tray, so she might enjoy helping me "craft" to give her something to do.
This is very challenging, stimulates the imagination like working with miniatures, and doll furniture and houses, but can be enjoyed by men and boys as well, if they use the more masculine cards, various sorts of pipe cleaners, wires, strings, ropes, denims and more rugged trims, even tiny things from the gumball machines, patches, plaid ribbon for neckties, ideas on men's cards: all good rainy day crafts to work along with other crafters in the home.
Once it's all complete, I add my special applicable pre-printed Holy Scripture to the inside cover, for encouragement or comfort, whatever the need may be, because I live my faith in real life.
I also save unblemished, clean cellophane flat bags from individually wrapped Pop Tarts, and waffles, (when I can afford them) throughout the year, so that I can use them to "final wrap" embellished cards for easier insertion into their envelopes.
Although I can never purchase gifts as I have so often over the years for folks, I find a heart is softened and moved when I take the time to make them this special sort of card. Sometimes they are more attractive than storebought.
Send a fall message to your friends and family! These cards are so fast, easy, and thrifty! I did these four before breakfast (but after coffee) recently. I found some craft paint and a few fall themed stamps at a craft recycling store. I always keep some offwhite 5 X 7 plain cardstock and envelopes handy. These are often available at half-price at the craft stores.
I poured a little of the paint in a paper plate and experimented with how to ink the stamps on some plain paper before applying them to the cards. A sponge paint brush or just a small sponge works best to brush the paint on, using as little as possible so the paint doesn't glop or smear.
Press down on the card with the stamp, and you have a beautiful fall card. I like to add my own photo prints to the inside of the cards for extra color. Beautiful handmade cards for about a $0.20 investment each.
I have been using www.snapfish.com to create greeting cards that I can print on my own home printer. Any kind of card stock or even good thick writing paper works well. I've downloaded my own photos for every card that I've created. My friends and family have all said that they love them and feel it is so much more personal than a store bought card. The great part is they are free except for the postage to mail them!
Another great website if you're too late to send a card by regular mail is www.paperlesspost.com. You can create E-cards here for free!
Celebrate spring with this colorful card. Use it to convey birthday wishes, or just give it to a friend to share happy thoughts on spring!
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
8.2 inches x 5.6 inches light green marbled cardboard
8.0 inches x 5.4 inches emerald green paper
1 sheet of double-sided glitter scrapbook cardboard product code GP471, from Best Creations Inc 2011 CHA Winter Series ~ see http://www.bestcreation.us/
3.9 inches x 5.4 inches of ordinary soft pink cardboard
Faber Castell watercolor pencils: yellow (code 407); light green (code 470); black (code 499); brown (code 488), and dark blue (code 451).
acrylic paint in the following three colors: true red, white, and sweet memories (pink)
one fine paintbrush
Artline 210 Fineliner pen
a pair of standard scissors
egg-shaped object or cookie cutter
one matching envelope
Fold the 8.2 inches x 5.6 inches marbled cardboard in half to create a card 5.6 inches x 4.1 inches. Use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
Cut a piece sized 3.9 inches x 5.4 inches from the glitter scrapbook cardboard. Use an egg-shaped object (I used an egg-shaped cookie tin) and with the striped side of the cardboard facing up, trace an egg onto the cardboard. Cut out the egg that you have traced on the cardboard.
Lightly trace the same sized egg-shape on the pink cardboard.
Print the included pattern of the bird and copy it in pencil onto the pink cardboard, making sure that it fits nicely into the egg-shape that you have traced onto the pink cardboard.
Use the Artline 210 Fineliner pen to trace the outlines of the design. Wait a few minutes for the ink to dry completely, and then erase any remaining pencil lines.
Use the Faber Castell pencils to color the bird. Do not wet the pencils, use them dry as one would use ordinary color pencils: First, add yellow to the belly and head. Add light green to the back, top of head, and tail feathers. Highlight certain parts of head, back, and tail feathers with the dark blue. Add some detail in black to the wing and tail feathers. Color the twig brown and add some detail to the twig with the black. Lightly color beak and claws with the black.
Use the acrylic paints and the fine paintbrush to add some flowers to the twig.
Glue the piece of 3.9 inches x 5.4 inches glitter scrapbook cardboard onto the pink cardboard with the picture of the bird, ensuring that the two egg shapes line up correctly.
Glue the glitter scrapbook and picture combination to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
Fold the 8.0 inches x 5.4 inches emerald green paper in half and glue it to the inside of the card to write a message.
Photos included: Photo 1: Fold the marbled cardboard in half to create a card 5.6 inches x 4.1 inches. Photo 2: Trace an egg onto the striped cardboard and cut it out. Photo 3: The design used for this project. Photo 4: Add some color to the bird. Photo 5: Finish the design by adding some flowers to the twig. Photo 6: The completed card.
If you're planning to make a card for someone special, why not try using the technique of collage. Not only does collage (from the French verb 'coller' = to stick) enable you to use up lots of oddments, it also lets your imagination run wild so that you can create a design that is both highly original and stylish. And when you've made your first card this way, you'll be sure to want to make many more for family and friends!
Approximate Time: 30 minutes per card plus drying time
a selection of stamps (look out for free stamps in holiday craft magazines)
oddments of paper, felt, lace, yarn, dried plant material, etc.
a pair of scissors
a pencil and ruler
non-toxic PVA glue
Draw a rectangle from cardstock and lightly score it in half. Make sure your card will fit easily into the envelope.
Apply pigment ink to cover the outside of the card and let dry thoroughly. Stamp the inked surface using designs of your choice. Repeat this step for your envelope.
Sketch out a shape you wish to collage - it could be anything, a cat, bird, leaf, or a hat. For example, I drew the silhouette of an evening dress. Cut out the shape from thick paper or cardstock.
Glue paper strips, felt, and other materials to cover the surface of your shape.
To finish, secure your collaged design to the front of the card with foam pads. You can even apply a collage to decorate your envelope, too.
Use a border or corner punch to add interest to your card.
If you chose a garment shape to collage, make a mini hanger for it using a length of wire or twig.
To make collage cards for the holidays, decorate tree shapes, holly leaves, baubles, doves, and other seasonal images.
Trace the butterfly pattern onto cardstock. Cut out.
Cut slightly smaller butterfly from patterned paper. Adhere to card.
Tie ribbon. Adhere.
To decorate the envelope, make a smaller version of note card. Adhere.
To make the bag, cut a 7 1/2 x 6 inch strip from patterned paper. Tape the sides. Trim the top edge using decorative edge scissors. Punch a hole, then tie ribbon. Finish it off with a white butterfly tag.
Here is a craft idea. The inserts that come in all magazines for subscriptions and other advertisements. I use those as bases for my greeting cards. Some of them are as heavy as cardstock paper. I just cover the card with whatever decoration I am using and then glue the card to another piece of card stock. This also gives my cards a 3d effect. I recycle, enhance my craft and it's cheap.
I love stamping and giving greeting cards to all my friends and family. These cards are made from wallpaper books that are normally discarded by paint stores. I got the books and made lovely cards using the wallpaper samples. Added a sentiment inside and I have instant cards that are beautiful.
These are very simple to make with flowers that you have collected and dried. Pansy and spring flowers are the best to use as they dry very flat, But I have even dried sunflowers in my flower press. Directions for a simple flower press can be found on ThriftyFun so if you missed the directions, you can find them there. With a little time and effort, you can make these beautiful note cards for yourself. These make a wonderful gift for Christmas or a bridal or baby shower.
Time: about 30 minutes per card including dry time
quick drying glue
plain note cards white or colored with envelopes
clear contact paper
tulle for bow
Glue dried flowers and leaves in a pleasing arrangement on card. Let dry.
Cut contact paper to the dimensions of the front of your card.
Starting at the corner of the contact paper, peel back the contact paper about half way down. Press on to your card and work out any air bubbles.
Always put about six cards in each package and then tie with a tulle bow.
You can make your own greeting cards by savings up interesting pix you find and then mounting them on computer card (I found mine at the discount bin at an office store). They will then fit into standard small envelopes. Inexpensive and unique and crafty! (Add stamps, etc for even more of a craft quality.)
You can make your own personalized greeting cards by using blank note cards and writing in your own greeting. I use color-coordinated calligraphy pens to make the writing special. That way, you always will have a card on hand for whatever occasion.
These cards make frugal use of all those leaves carted home and pressed in books in late October. They are reborn again in a pretty set of stationery cards for correspondence with loved ones or as a gift for a friend who loves to write. If leaves aren't available, dried flowers work well too and look particularly festive formed into a wreath for Christmas.
Materials and Equipment:
a large plastic bag or several sheets of newspaper
several plain stationery cards, with envelopes
a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
a glue spreader or Q-tip
a gold or silver ink pen (optional)
thin ribbon (color of your choice) (optional)
corrugated cardboard or coloured paper (optional)
pressed dried leaves (one or more per card)
pressed dried flowers (a dozen or so per card)
Before you start, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
To begin, make a "practice card" by arranging your dried leaves or flowers on the front of a card until you are satisfied with the arrangement (this will take longer if you are making the flower wreath).
Place this card carefully aside and take out a fresh card.
Pour some glue onto the plastic lid.
Using the glue spreader or Q-tip to spread glue across the back of each dried leaf or flower, transfer each leaf or flower from the "practice card" to the fresh card, gluing each item in place as you go. This method allows you to recreate your original design accurately. You may choose to place a piece of corrugated cardboard or colored paper behind the leaves/flowers as a background (see photo). Clean off any glue peaking out from the edges of the design with a tissue or fingernail.
Allow the card to dry and repeat steps 2-5 for each card you want to make.
Once all the cards are completely dried, embellish them in any way you would like. For the leaf cards, I sometimes like to write the botanical name of each leaf in gold ink at the bottom of each card. For the dried flower cards, try tying a ribbon into a bow and gluing it to the bottom of the wreath to give it a festive feel, or simply write a greeting across the bottom of the card. The cards are also lovely unadorned.
Place cards in a pretty box or tie with a ribbon if you are giving them as a gift.
Save all your extra buttons, pieces of ribbon, scrap fabric, etc. and let your kids make adorable cards for relatives. You don't have to throw away the scraps, and your kids will love making something with you.
Want to make a great gift that will remind you of spring all winter long? Go out and remove the last of your pansies and daisies and press them in a book. You know that lacy looking weed that took over? Well go pick some of those leaves and press them also. Just don't pick the poison ivy. :)
Now take some card stock and cut it down to the size you would like. Walmart sells invitation size envelopes and these work really well. Gently glue the flowers onto the cards then cover them with clear contact paper. These make a lovely gift for a grandmother or anyone else that loves to receive a special card.