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Monday, May 10, 2010

The way I make cards.


I make my cards in batched, this is one of the ways that I make sure I use every scrap of paper. I know this isn't the most green of hobbies but hey everyone has a vice....

Anyway this was for valentines day, I pick a few papers and use them in different combinations for the cards. Then I make leftovers that I can use when something comes up alter. These could be used for anniversaries, notes to the spouse or other such occasions.



I don't know if you can see it but I like to use the negatives as well. For example the top middle red card and the bottom middle red card are the same cut out one has the negative and one is the shape. I start with basic embellishments and then add more once I know who the card is going to and why.


May is kinda a crazy month for me I have 14 separate events that need cards, so needless to say there isn't a lot of left over this month to leave as blanks...

Here are some close-ups of this month I started with 5 pieces of coordinating papers and just went to town. Each month I have one different thing I do, Feb was the Cricut for the shapes, this month was using brown in on everything and a few rub-ons and buttons. Here are some examples of the ink.Here is a example of how I use buttons. Don't forget to sew them on before you put the paper strips or squares on your card or you will have to sew through your card and have it showing on the inside. I've also found a little tape on the back of the paper makes it hold up to sewing a lot better.
The major tools I use are mostly from Creative Memories which is pretty much what I use for scrap booking exclusively, but for card making I'm less picky. I like the 12 inch rotary trimmer, the personal trimmer and the punches for card making.

So there you have it, let me see some of your cards so I can 'craft-lift.' ;)



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6 comments:

myorii said...

Wow, I am impressed with your card making skills.

Unfortunately, I don't have the skills or the patience to make my own cards. Even if I did end up making a card, it's normally very last minute and with not as much thought put into them.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

How COOL...your cards are so PRETTY!

Blessings,
Linda

burlap+blue said...

so, so lovely! have made cards in the past, but haven't lately for some reason--you have inspired me to start again!

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi..I’m Barb…I am popping over from DIY Tues. . Love your cards!!1 Great job!!!I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

Sachiko said...

So lovely! You made me wanna make some cards. Thank you for linking to my party!

Beckie said...

These are all so cute! I love the color combos! Great job! Thanks for linking up and sharing your creative juices :)