Category Archives: Cards

Flowery Card

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I wanted to make a flowery card for Brandon’s birthday so I used die cuts to cut Indian paper.

Three Flowers Card

It was the kind of die cutter that was rolled through our Sizzix embossing machine, cutting the paper as it was squeezed through.

I decided to make their stems be lines that follows the background. The background is pink and was rolled through a die plate that has straight lines, and the stems fit right between the gaps, which is hard to see in the picture.

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Ribbon and Flowers

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For Valentine’s Day, I found a card I liked on Pinterest and I copied it.

Little Heart Flowers

I made the ribbon into a bow instead of a flat ribbon.

I used a heart puncher to get a bunch of little hearts. Then, I arranged the hearts so they looked good, drew the stems, and attached each heart with glue. Then I drew in the leaves.

Glittery Heart Card

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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend! I made Andrew this card.

Big Heart Valentine's Day Card

For the heart, I printed a heart shape onto ordinary printer paper, transferred it onto the back of very glittery red cardstock using carbon paper, and then cut it out. I really like this super glittery paper.

The pink cardstock behind is shimmery. I used a “lace” corner puncher on the corners; I tend to have really bad luck with these things because it often feels like the paper is shoved all the way into the corner puncher, but then after I punch, I find that I’ve missed. I’ve taken to holding the corner punchers upside-down so that I can see where it will punch before I punch it. Then I embossed the pink cardstock.

Card Embossed with Stripes

I also embossed the red cardstock which makes the base of the card. The picture above shows the inside of the card. Andrew thought it was cool how the pattern seems to “flip” over the fold; it came out that way because I embossed it while the card was folded closed. I think it yielded a cool effect, preventing the card from feeling flat, and it gave it a texture that feels good to hold. I think I’ll try embossing the base cardstock like this a little more often.

Save the Date Card

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Sorry there haven’t been any updates in a while. Andrew and I have some good news, though: We are engaged! We will be married in June. We are registered on Amazon. 🙂

For our save the date cards, we wanted to include our cats, since they are very much a part of the family. We love our kitties. We adopted Peach first, from PAWS last May. She is a very vocal cat, around 10 or 11 years old. Just a few weeks after that, we adopted Koopa and Goomba together from Andrew’s friend, who couldn’t bring the cats with her in a move. They are said to be brothers, about six years old; Koopa is very protective of Goomba. Goomba loves cuddling almost as much as treats; Koopa loves to eat but also enjoys playing with his rattling mousey toy. They are named after Super Mario characters.

Cats on the Couch

The first step in making our cards was to photograph our cats! From left to right, we have Goomba, Koopa, and Peach. Andrew was inspired by pictures like these on Pinterest. The cats were not terribly cooperative, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to get them all to sit still for one picture, so we took pictures of the cats individually and I combined them in Photoshop. Besides, we have only one little chalkboard! We took about 160 photos of the cats, propping up the chalkboard with cans and baiting the kitties with treats. You can view some of our favorite individual kitty shots in this Facebook album.

Butterfly Save the Date Cards

The front of the card nearly the same as the Embossed & Sanded Butterfly Card Andrew wrote about in September. The butterflies are held onto the card with brads. I am always nervous mailing cards that have brads in them, since these little bumps can cause the cards or envelopes to become damaged in the post office’s machinery. But they seemed to make it just fine through the mail. To make the cards stand out a bit more and give it a little more of a fancy flair, we sprayed some shiny metallic mist on the gray and blue panels. We decided that gold spray looked better with the gray and silver looked better with the blue.

Save the Date Card Inside

Inside is the cat photo and another of Andrew and me, held in place with little clear adhesive photo corners. When people received the card, they told me what a great picture was inside! I was usually disappointed to know that they were talking about the one of Andrew and me, and not the one of our kitties that we worked so hard on.

Hot Air Balloon Card

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I thought a hot air balloon would be a good choice for a farewell card. I’m not sure why; I’m sure most people don’t think of hot air balloons as a means of travel for people who are moving away or leaving a job. Perhaps a moving truck would have been a more appropriate choice for a card like this, but I think I like the balloon idea better.

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I based the design on a card I saw on Pinterest. I used a three layers for the balloon (and one for the basket). Repeating the pink layer on top gives the balloon quite a bit of depth. I like how it turned out, making the balloon look a little more three-dimensional. Using the fancy paper with the golden accents made the balloon look a little less cartoony, I believe. The clouds are made from some fibrous semi-translucent paper, which allows the background to come through a little bit.

Embossed & Sanded Butterfly Card

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I had to make a card for a coworker’s birthday, and I decided I wanted to make something that was blue and gold. I really like those colors together; I think they match really well. I also like butterflies, so I wanted to combine those two themes together.

Embossed and Sanded Butterfly Card

I was flipping through one of our special cardstock stacks and I saw that we had a sheet of blue cardstock with shiny silver polka-dots. I ran that through our paper embosser; I chose a floral Indian-style print, because I really like Indian designs. After that, it didn’t have quite enough edge to it. It was hard to see the embossed design because of the polka-dots. So I took some sandpaper and sanded over it, exposing the white core inside the paper, to help emphasize the embossed edges. This gave it a nice old-age look; it was kind of a secondary effect that I wasn’t intending, but I liked the rustic Indian style.

Then, I made a gold band, cut it in half, and used our corner puncher to make it curved around the edges. I wanted a butterfly, and I did the same thing with the butterfly: I took gold paper—a different style—and also embossed that with a different embossing pattern, kind of a swirly pattern. I also went over that very lightly with sandpaper. It tied it together with the blue paper it was going to sit on.

Embossed, Sanded Butterfly Card

To affix the butterfly, and to keep with my gold theme, I took a gold star brad and fixed the butterfly on with it. Then, I had to mount this panel onto a base card, because right now, I had only the embossed panel, and you can’t really write on the back of an embossed sheet of paper. I went through our paper stacks and found a lightweight, faint yellow that had little fibers in it, which I liked. It paid homage to a regal Bollywood style with some western influences. It matched the gold band I used in the middle.

Embroidered Tulip Cards

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In an auction, Andrew and I won a paper embroidery lesson held at the teacher’s house. We’ve never really incorporated thread into our cards unless you count the floss threaded as dotted line trails in the Airplanes card. We spent two hours learning how to make the tulip card. This is the card I made:

Brandon's Embroidered Tulip

Making a card like this isn’t very difficult once you know what to do and have the right supplies. You can start with a pattern like the one seen below.

Embroidered Tulip Pattern

Our instructor punched out the pattern onto cardstock for us. It’s not difficult—you can just punch a pin through cardstock, using a pattern on top as a guide. Repeatedly gripping the pin and puncturing the paper can be a bit painful though after a while.

We picked the colors of thread we wanted. You can use one or more colors for the flower. Each piece of thread is composed of several strings raveled together. We unraveled this to get just one string, then threaded it through a needle. We then followed the pattern, as explained below.

Count nine dots down along the curve of the tulip’s flower. Starting through the back, pull the string through; you want only a single thickness of string. Before you pull it through completely, tape the string to the back of the card. Go up through the top point of the card, then go through the next hole toward and eventually past the center of the curve, until you get to the ninth hole down the other side. For the other two points, you again go through the ninth hole down, going up to the point on the opposite point of the curve. Study the picture or pattern closely before doing this, because one of the five students in our class had to start over twice because she didn’t get it quite right. If you start to run out of string, just tape the rest onto the back, get another piece of string, and continue from where you left off.

The stem and leaves are done by what I can best explain as a back stitch (but the underside of a back stitch). You want the any given point to be covered by string twice. This helps to hide the holes. I think I’m not great at explaining this, so I hope you can find something that works well for you.

Andrew's Embroidered Tulip

Above is Andrew’s tulip. He chose a nice, vibrant red. Be careful not to tug too hard when pulling your string, or you might end up tearing the paper, as seen in the bottom-right of the flower part of Andrew’s design. He pulled so hard that one hole ripped. Also, if you pull too hard, you might make the holes bigger, causing them to stand out, as you can kinda see in my design at the top. Then again, you don’t want the string to be too loose.

Finished Embroidered Tulip Cards

Here are all five of the cards created in the paper embroidery class. I think it might be a complete coincidence that we each made a different-colored flower. Our instructor cut out the rest of the cardstock required for us to finish our cards, allowing us to finish putting them together. I think our cards all turned out great.

I enjoyed learning this new technique. It takes up a bit of time, but I like learning how to use different media besides cardstock in our cards. We might even incorporate it into our annual bulk Christmas card design. We’ve already discussed the possibility of using our die-cutter machine to make the holes in the cardstock for us, to speed up that one first step.