Well, this is the first of several quick and easy projects, hopefully to be posted on a regular basis, hence the title of “Simply Sunday” and hopefully you will find these fun and informative :).
I love hybrid projects, and am happy to spend long hours creating, mixing and matching, using digital and hybrid, but sometimes, instead of taking many hours, several days or even longer, it is good to finish a project in a couple of hours. The idea for the Simply Sunday is that these are projects that you can hopefully finish in a hour or two, rather than stressing for days to make sure everything is just right. It is aimed at beginners but the projects could just as easily be undertaken by more experienced crafters who could then take each project and develop it further.
This first project is a set of quick and easy cards. Have you ever remembered at the last minute a birthday or an anniversary, or needed a quick thank you or get well card but the shops are shut and you have no cards in the house? Maybe you need that extra special gift tag to finish off the gift for a friend or loved one. So have you ever thought about using a digital kit to make your own card or gift tag but been put off by all the hassle – you need card, scissors, glue, maybe ribbons, buttons, glitter, paste and goodness knows what else…….. 🙁 . It can be totally overwhelming as you wonder what you need to get, what you would like to get but don’t really need, what is essential and what isn’t, how much of whatever you should buy, what tools and equipment….the list goes on and on. Buying crafting supplies can end up taking over as there is just so much goodness out there (and don’t get me started on the Tim Holtz goodies 😉 I want them all!!!) , much of which you find yourself absolutely having to buy only to find six months later it is still in the wrapper completely unused! 😉
Anyway, back to hybrid crafting….let me tell you that making your own cards and tags using a digital kit is the easiest thing ever. Unlike pure papercrafting, you don’t need masses of card, paper, or whatever in your stash and can pretty much use just the digital kit, some paper for printing and some heavyweight card plus glue :). Read on and see how easy it is!
I fell in love with these the first time I saw them and they just cried out to be turned into cards! You don’t even need to do anything to them, you could even just print and go! What is not to like about a project like that?!!
Anything like this is perfect and like I say, you really don’t need anything else digital, although you could print papers (even flowers, ribbons, etc.) and use them as backing and extra embellishments if you wanted or use items in your stash. Since my aim today is to keep it quick and simple, the only other ingredients you need are as follows:
- Card or photograph of paper for printing (I actually used photo paper as the I have trouble getting the colours right when I use plain card stock but it all depends on your printer);
- Card stock for the base of the cards plus envelopes;
- Glue and/or double sided tape;
- Paper trimmer or craft knife and cutting mat. If you are just starting out and don’t have these, then scissors work just as well;
- Flower punches to make extra flowers (this is purely optional); and
- Jewels or other bling, ribbon and glitter glue for additional decoration (again, all these are optional as theses accents are basically good to go as they are 😉 ).
The first thing to do is to get your photo paper or whatever paper/card you are using ready. I opened up a new file in Photoshop, then used the shape tool to create six equal size boxes (roughly 3¾” square since I intended the final cards to be 4″ square). I dragged the accents into each box to end up with something that looked like this:
I actually printed that onto a sheet of A4 photo paper and kept the black borders so I knew where to trim each accent but here are the trimmed versions:
Now you could use these just as they are, but I always like to jazz things up a bit! I decided to add small flowers to the printouts to give them extra depth. Firstly, I used a small flower punch to punch out the flowers:
I then placed the flowers onto a stamping mat (any relatively firm but soft surface will do) and using an embossing tool, gently circled in the centre:
If you don’t have an embossing tool, then you can always use something like the top of a biro, something that is firm but not so hard that it will poke a hole into the flower.
As you can see, this causes the fibres in the centre of the card to break up and you end up with a slightly curled flower:
You just have to be careful not to apply too much pressure otherwise you end up with a hole in the middle of your flower where the embossing tool has pushed through. Just don’t ask me how I know that 😛
Aren’t these cute?
Then just finish them off with a bit of bling:
Of course, you don’t really need to add the flowers at all as these accents are gorgeous just on their own. I also added small dots of glitter glue for some extra sparkle (again, this is purely optional):
Love the glitter effect!
I then rounded the corners of each card front and added ribbon. To add the ribbon, i used red sticky strip/double sided tape. the only reason I used the red instead of my usual (and less strong) double sided tape is because the red tape was the only one I had in that was the same width as the ribbon I was using. The other tape was much too wide!
Apologies for the poor quality of the next few photos. Artificial lighting late at night really messes up my camera!
Just adhere the ribbon, and to make a bow, add an extra piece of ribbon to the middle as follows:
Then just tie that into a knot:
Here is the back of the card front. You can see where the sticky tape overlapped the back of the card so I could adhere the ends of the ribbon:
Then it was just a case of adhering the card fronts to the card bases. My card bases were 8″ by 4″, scored in the middle on the 8″ side and then folded in half. I used double sided tape again, but you could use 3D foam pads/dimensionals for more depth.
The card bases are actually made with Stampin’ Up card stock: Island Indigo (which is a deep turquoise) and Calypso Coral (a kind of pastel pinky orange) but you would never know the true colours looking at these pictures.
Here is the finished set:
You could easily have these made in an hour or so, so why not give it a go yourself? I would love to see what you use and the end result so please do post your results in the gallery. I love seeing how creative others can be and get lots of my ideas that way 😉 .
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016