Before I begin apologies for the photo quality – I was losing the light by the time I took the pictures.
If you remember from one of my previous posts (click here) I had covered a number of blank cards in a variety of pretty papers from my craft pile to try to use them up. I set aside one or two to finish as Easter cards. This time, rather than buy the preprinted ‘greetings’ labels, I made my own on the computer and printed them out onto some card.
If you want to make your own I use a Microsoft word document where you can select a text box, a font design and a suitable size of type for the card. I then add a border around the greeting and once printed cut the labels out carefully, almost but not quite, to the border line leaving a small white edging.
I selected colours to match in with the prints and used different typefaces. I also added a ribbon decoration to some of the cards to finish them. Extremely simple and easy to make but I quite like the simplicity.I was then left with these little card motifs in my craft box of embellishments… Cute little cut out Easter pictures… I am not even sure where they came from but I have had them for years now and they have escaped going into the give away box once or twice. So this time it was either use them or lose them.
I stuck the rabbit, chicken and sheep onto the Easter egg shapes and then placed them onto a small square card blank. There was no room to add a printed greeting so I decided to use my little alphabet stamps and just stamp straight onto the card. There was no need to be too exact – I actually like the lettering more when it is a bit wonky!Once dry I stuck the little motif in place and voila….…these little bits have now made four delightful little Easter cards for the children – Libbie, Sweetie, Freddie and my great-nephew.On the back of each card I make I have a little stamp to say it is home-made. This one is my favourite from Vista print and given to me by my daughter one birthday, but I do have some rubber stamps too.Remember the birthday card made from a piece of decorative packaging I found – it may have been an old Panettone box from Christmas or something – I followed the design and embellished it with some of those stick on jewels in golds and rich purple colours. As well as stamping on the back of the card I often make a printed slip for the inside with a message. I think it gives a more finished look to a card and although I didn’t have time for this one, as I had to get it in the post, they do look lovely if you add a print too using a rubber stamp.So even if you do not have any expensive equipment you can make some really simple cards using any decorative paper or card, a Pritt stick, some double-sided tape and a sharp knife. If you do not have a printer you can buy sheets of greetings labels; but equally you could get a rubber stamp and stamp onto some plain card and then add a border and cut out.
I am enjoying doing a few more creative things when I have the time and it does reduce the mountain of crafty bits and pieces I have been storing all these years – I was thinking of getting rid of some of it but that seemed a shame when in an afternoon I can make something useful. I like the challenge of creating something from very little so I think my next project will be using up scraps from junk mail, magazines and even the decorative parts of the inside of an envelope to make some cards.
A day spent creatively sticking and stamping. x