If you find yourself running behind on your card making, the assembly line approach may make it a little easier to get the job done. That being said, assembly line does not have to all look the same. Create your first card (which was displayed in my April 15 post) and then from there use the first card and the same supplies as inspiration for more cards. Vary the colors, placement and orientation in order to provide a subtle change. This grouping of four cards is a great example of this approach. It is also a great way to do your own personal card challenge, see how many different designs you can come up with using the same basic supplies. Hope this helps you to get hopping along!
For those of you in the process of creating cards for Easter and looking for inspiration I thought I would share this Easter card that I created for one of my family members.
Simply layer printed paper onto your card base. Stamp desired greeting and layer onto cardstock. The greeting stamp is from Penny Black and the ink used is the Vivid Taupe ink -- I love this color. I cut only a portion of the white paper doilie and applied the taupe ink lightly to the decorative edge. The butterflies were created using a Martha Stewart punch and then adhesive pearls from Kaisercraft. Add a little white flower trim at the top and the bottom. I used the Xyron sticker maker or X box as some refer to it, to apply the floral trim. Great method for applying adhesive when you are using ribbon or flat trim. And the final piece, my favorite, is the flower. Create this flower by die cutting three scallop shapes of two different sizes. I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles small, dies number 2 and 3 (1 being the smallest). Stack on top of one another, pierce a hole in the center and insert mini brad, folding back the prongs on the back. Lightly mist with water or even shimmer style mists. From there, simply scrunch up and inwards one layer at a time. Let the scrunched flower dry then gently open with fingers until you achieve your desired effect. Adhere onto card front. Voila! Hope you like it.
A spot of Tea Bag folding that is. The only thing it has in common with tea is, when it was first created, tea bag envelopes were used to fold in order to create the medallions. In Europe the tea bag envelopes had printed designs on them. Well, you know what crafter's do when they do not have a certain supply, we improvise and start using other supplies that work well.
Today's creation is a tea bag folded card which makes use of beautiful Chiyogami papers. As many of you have requested classes on tea bag folding, if you are in the Calgary area please check back regularly as I am in the process of setting up some classes as well as a book launch event for my most recent book. Or just leave me a comment if you would like further information on classes and/or class kits. Tea Bag Folding Through The Seasons is published by Annie's Attic and the official release date is May 6th however the digital version is available now.
Hope you enjoy this creation!
My intention of this blog is to provide inspiration and share my creative adventures with you. I am a freelance designer, teacher and author working in the craft and hobby industry. It is my sincere hope that through this blog and my work that you will be inspired to create!