Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
Cards are one of my favorite things to make. You are able to see a few supplies turn into something quite beautiful. Today, I would like to take a moment and talk about my latest cards.
The picture is of a card I made last month that I just adore. Connie Stewart of Simply Simple Stamping designed a card similar and I tweaked her design to make my own. I love drawing inspiration from other people. She has made some of the neatest and prettiest cards I have ever seen. Connie Stewart is very talented.
Her design called for having a base card stock measured at five and a half inches by eight and a half inches. From there, my measurements differed from her. I still scored and folded my paper on the landscape side at the same measurement of four and a quarter inches. This to me worked well for my design and colors that I had in mind.
At that point I added a piece of white to really show off my embossed yellow paper and the black base. I like for things on cards to really pop. While the embossed paper was not the focus point of this card, it certainly added some depth to the overall look. I then, used the stamp with my sentiment on some white paper and punched out the sentiment. I added a thick strip of black paper and a thin strip of the yellow paper to layer across the front to make the look of a belly band. This made the pointed sides to my sentiment piece really stand out. I finished the front of this card by adding a couple of rhinestones for bling and centered my sentiment.
Because my card base was black, I added a white piece inside the card so I could write a little note to the person receiving this card. Overall, I think this card turned out really well. I was very happy to mail this card out and the person who received it, was very happy as well.
The paper came from JoAnn’s, as does most of my paper. The stamp came from a thrift store actually. It is a retired Stampin’ Up stamp. There is a thrift store near my house that a sweet lady sells her old Stampin’ Up stamps at a very low price. I go in there once or twice a week to visit and of course, buy stamps. The rhinestones also came from JoAnn’s. The ink used, which was actually very little ink, was StazOn and I purchased that from Stampin’ Up as well. Since I purchased that ink, they are no longer selling it on their website, I have found that you can find it at JoAnn’s and Michaels.
The envelope, which I spaced and forgot to take a picture of was actually pretty neat. I took a paisley design kind of background stamp and made my own designer envelope. I then, addressed and stamped the envelope, inserted the card and mailed it off.
I absolutely love making cards. There are so many occasions that cards are perfect for and I really love making them while thinking about the sweet person that is going to receive them. I find it very therapeutic to put a card together. You don’t have to buy the super expensive supplies to make a beautiful card. You don’t even have to buy stamps that are brand new. Take a few moments and have fun just creating something.
I did make this card design for several cards that I will be sending out as thinking of you cards for my family and friends. I obviously changed the sentiment, to “Thinking Of You” so that the card would make more sense to those receiving it.
Paper is quite the awesome thing. I have made boxes and cards. I have made my own gift tags and organizer tags. I find, for me, that making my own gifts for others from the card to the gift itself makes giving the gift so much more sentimental. It makes something already special, something more.
If you are thinking of getting started in the paper crafting world, join us. It is something you will love doing and it can be so relaxing. I really enjoy it and I know you will too.
So, if you are a paper crafter, what cards were your favorite? What inks are your favorite to use? I am always interested in finding new treasures in crafting!
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Thank you and God Bless!