Friday, January 27, 2012

Card Sets

First of all the link in my last post was wrong.  I corrected it just now so if you try it again you will get instructions on making this neat one piece box. It is the perfect size to hold six cards with some embellishment and not cramp them. Here are two sets I made last night. One is for my daughter who is ill again. Thought it would cheer her up and both sets took less time to make than a card! This can't get any more simple! Someone emailed me to ask me to elaborate on the class I just took. Thought I would wait until Sunday but found I had a little time today. So here goes:
When you take a class, you really should remember that all the instruction you receive is private and there is a limit on how you share. The class is actually available to take, just not the prize part. And you know, nobody takes a class just for the prize part, since very few people actually win one! But there were some basic things that "everyone" knows somewhere just forgot about. Those things I could share. So I decided that I will share with you how to make this card set. It is entirely my design, came from my thoughts, not something I actually learned in this class but maybe. I know that doesn't make much sense so I am going to stop rambling and tell you how to make this little set. You will need one of those one piece boxes I got on youtube.
Let's hope this is the correct link. Just in case, it is called "greeting card box" and is done by Jacque1263.
Next I cut 8 1/2 x 11 pieces of neutral cardstock down the center making two 4 1/4 x 11 pieces from each. Fold the 11 side in half (5 1/2) and you have a standard a2 size card. Next pick out a big background stamp from your stash. I didn't want to cover the entire background of my card, so I turned the stamp sideways. They are stamped with shadow inks from Hero Arts. I use the light colors a lot for subtle backgrounds. By turning your stamp, it lets you lay your card down and use the same part of the stamp and not have to measure! Then I stamped my sentiments using dye ink as it cleans up so easily with water. Some people use the same sentiment more than once in a set. I didn't. Just because I am realizing I have a bazillion stamps I forgot about. (That topic is for another long post). I punched out a bunch of tiny butterflies. The ones on set 1 were colored with copics rather quickly. They are from a stamp/die set from Hero Arts. I am going to start charging them!!!! Hahaha!! It is a new product and I love it. However, it was taking way too much time, so I switched to the butterfly punch and used some of my precious paper!!
Next I tied the ribbons. By doing two sets at the same time, you end up saving a lot of it!! Time, that is! Then you glue on the butterflies. I used glue dots, but there are lots of glues you could have used. Then on set 2, you will notice one of the cards has double butterflies. The pattern ones seemed to get lost, so I took them off and layered them with a solid color so they would be noticeable. I got braver on my paper selection for card set 2 box and love how it came out. Since these were quickies, I just didn't decorate the boxes. I do try to make my ribbons on boxes removeable without untying them.
I hope my directions were clear as this really is a quick way to make a card. I think they are pretty and believe it or not, there are no stickles anywhere and no roses and they would send individually through the mail at a normal postage rate (which just went up)!! I am getting tired of spending $2 or so to send a card that takes me forever to make. So the "fancy" ones are now just for family and super close friends! Hugs to you all, Barb F


julieprice3 said...

Wonderful box set of cards, I'm sure that your daughter will love hers. Nicely done
Hugs Julie P

Kate P. said...

What a beautiful idea - I love how these turned out!

Billie's Scrappetique said...

Beautiful cards! You did an awesome job!!

Billie's Scrappetique said...

Beautiful cards! You did an awesome job!!

Jean said...

Barb, I love these.. Always needing greeting cards or just thank you cards or thinking of you cards.. and these I love.. You did a great job. Thank you for sharing them with us.. Yep always helps to take a class or two. Wish we lived in an area where there were classes.. Peggy and I have to teach ourselves.
Hugs, Jean