Since I started card-making I’ve thought that tea-bag folding is too time-consuming & too complicated, so I’ve never wanted to try it. Recently, Sarita sent me this link to a YouTube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_p5W6mOZG0&feature=related , which shows a very simple paper-folding technique. I used the same paper from my Tilda friendship card to make the square & I think the stripes & spots look well together. The finished square was then matted & layered on to pieces of brown & pink squares, offsetting them slightly. The flowers are from Papermania I think & I attached them with a tiny pink brad, then stuck them to the square with 3mm foam pads. I sent the finished card to Sarita & she emailed me last night to say she had received it & loves it. This is a simple technique, but it looks very effective, so I’ll definitely try it again.
Helen, (Made by Hel, at doCrafts), had a birthday yesterday & this is the card I made for her. There is another orange trifold card in my slideshow that she said she liked, so luckily I had another one! A colour wheel explains the choice of dark blue with the orange. the ribbon is Anita’s Sticky Ribbon. The paper flowers are attached with various brads, I tried to grade them from the smallest at the top to the largest at the bottom. I coloured Tilda’s dress with a peach Whispers pen then glazed the whole image with Anita’s 3D glaze – I love how it makes everything shine! The butterfly is a rubber stamp from my – very small – collection of stamps, I think I got it from QVC. I stamped it twice on to white paper, colouring it with an Ink It Up! ink pad in Royal Blue. The third time I stamped it on to pale green vellum with a Versamark pad, covered the image with Heat It Up! embossing powder in Blue Glass, then used my heat gun. The blues matched perfectly. I coloured the butterflies on the paper with Whispers pens in pale orange & pale blue. I cut out each image, decoupaged them with 1mm sticky pads, then attached them to the card. I put a little irridescent glitter glue here & there on the vellum butterfly, just to give it a little sparkle.
My immediate reaction when someone asks me to make a card for a man is AAAARRRGH!!! 🙂 The majority of my card-making stash is definitely female-oriented! But when Jen asked me to make a thank you card for one of her – male – volunteers I thought of this image that Eisbaerin at doCrafts sent me. This is Edwin, Tilda’s brother! The card is from Papermania’s All Occasions box. I cut off a few centimetres of the outside edge & stuck it to the inside of the card. I attached a piece of blue vellum to the outside with silver brads. Edwin was coloured with Whispers pens – his hat looks pink, but I definitely used red! The tiny gift tag is a brad & the ‘X’ & the ‘thank you’ are silver peel-offs. ‘X’ is the first letter of the recipient’s name. It’s a very ‘cute’ card for a man, but Jen assures me he will like it. Fingers crossed!
Love & light.