Monday, April 02, 2007

Hand Made Cards:

I belong to a card making group and we meet once a month for a card exchange. Here are two cards and envelopes that I made for the swap this Wednesday. I am behind so I owe cards, otherwise I'd only have to make one set. The way the card swap works is, we each make 10 of the same card so when we swap we come home with one of our own and 9 different ones. It's a lot of fun. We get to learn some stamping techniques (which I usually don't remember). It keeps me out of trouble and helps with my creativity. Also, I get to use a lot of do-dads on the cards that I won't put into my scrapbook albums.

This first card was inspired by Miss Mary's handmade card that she sent me which you can see in my post Visions of dead flowers, broken chocolate and a hand made card. Mary's card is much nicer but I used the same technique (at least I think it's the same). First I used a roller stamp and then added color with coordinating stamps. (Mary did hers on white paper, I used yellow) I then cut the stamped strip and then mounted onto a wider strip of turquoise paper and mounted that onto the card. I added a button with ribbon. I stamped "simply said from the heart - thank you" on the lower right hand side and then stamped coordinating flowers on the envelope. I tried and tried to get the lighting to turn out better on this card... the pink is almost right but the yellow is much prettier in person. Oh well, at least I have a sample to show you:


On this card I stamped the large flower directly onto the card. The card is made of textured paper so the texture showed up when I stamped the flower. I really liked the effect. The stamp includes the lop-sided circles inside of it. I thought it was quite boring with just plain white inside the flower so I stamped just the circles onto printed paper and then cut it out and adhered it into the center of the flower. I thought it was kind of clever if I do say so myself. ;-) On the left side I have a strip of pink paper, I tore it on the right side, adhered some ribbon onto it and then pierced the holes along the torn side. I stamped the little "hello" and the stem of the flower. I then stamped the set of 3 flowers onto the back of the envelope in the same pink as the flower on the card.


8 comments:

chelle said...

wow those cards are so fabulous! I so so want to learn to make cards at some point ... it is a space hobby though so I have to wait till we have space ...

Beautiful!

Mary Fran said...

Great job! Here is another reason it would be nice to live closer, we could share stamps! I have a whole dresser filled with stamps and ink and paper.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the compliments Chelle, yes, it does require space to store the supplies and work on the projects. Thank goodness my hubby is building me a craft room! Then I can get all my junk... erm, I mean cool craft stuff out of my living areas of the house. lol! Besides, you are busy getting ready for a new baby! You have more important things to do in your life right now. :-)

Nancy said...

Mary, I guess you are just going to have to move, huh? There are many houses for sale in my neighborhood. In fact, my best friend who lives just around the corner from me is moving out of state. *sniff*

It would be fun to get together and stamp. I have so many stamps now it isn't funny. I'm going to need to get rid of some that have been stored away for awhile. I just keep buying new ones. Well, at least I'm using the new ones, right?

Ruth said...

WOW!! Those look awesome. I've always wanted to be able to do stuff like that but never wanted to invest the time to learn. Guess I'm at an impasse....

yerdoingitwrong said...

Those are so pretty!!

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Emily Elizabeth said...

Oh Nancy, they are wonderful!