Published September 19, 2008 by isisimaginings

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.

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  • Hi Kirsten your cards a lovely and you have a great blog too, I especially like the astonomey pic, my Dad was an amateur astronomer and really knew his stuff.Sadly he died 2 years ago, I still have his telescope but don’t get time to use it very often.Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments. Take care x Vee

  • I gave the card with Edwin on it to one of my volunteers today. He loved it. The other volunteers also loved the card and wanted to know where theirs were. So I have a small favor to ask…what are the chances of making 150 more cards so I can hand them out to the volunteers at their recognition party Nov. 15th??? Hmmm..that’s what I thought!!! Hey it never hurts to ask!Thanks again.Hugs,Jen

  • Hi Kirsten, I cant remember if i popped by to say thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment! your cards are fabulous I lovethe tri fold one and your edwin is so cute!.xxx

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