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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Handmade Card: Sending Out Love

Hi again blog friends, it's that time of year when we're all very busy with shopping, holiday parties, making Christmas cards, and celebrating the season, but with the tragedy this week in Connecticut, and the grief we're all sharing, I just wanted to take a minute to send out a little LOVE in the way of a simple handmade card.

Cardmaking does not need to be overly complicated or difficult.

To create this card, I used the Spellbinders Card Creator Die Templates to cut my layers.  Using the Card Creator you can Choose your design, Assemble your pieces, Refine your details, and you are Done.

Create the basic layers for the front with  Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Matting Basics A and
Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Fancy Postage Stamps.  They are prefect for A2 sized cards.  I used sheet music and a red and white dotted patterned paper to get this look.

Then lightly ink the edges to give the card a vintage feel.  I used Stazon Timber Brown.  It goes on easy and dries very quickly. Then I glued all the layers together.

Cool Cardmaking Tip:
Emboss your envelope.  It really makes your card pop.  Your envelope is like the "gift wrap" of your card. Make it special.  And it looks REALLY cool.

Next create a small address label for the address.  I used Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Fancy Postage Stamps die template.  And lightly ink all the edges.

Then finish with a handmade Spiral Blossom and a sheer metallic ribbon loop.  It's very elegant. If you are concerned about a very dimensional flower on your card, here's a tip: before you affix your flower to your card, turn it upside down on your work surface and lightly mash it down with the heel of your palm.  It will flatten slightly and curl the petals back naturally, and gives you more surfaces to ink.

Tools and Supplies I Used:
A-2 Kraft Card and Envelope
Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur
Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Matting Basics A
Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Fancy Postage Stamps
Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One
Spellbinders Mbossabilities Venetian Side A
My Minds Eye 6×6 Paper “The Station”
Tsukineko StazOn Timber Brown
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Almost Black

So, here's sending a little LOVE your way today...make sure to do something nice today...compliment s complete stranger, pay some one's toll, or say Merry Christmas to someone you don't know, hug a friend or call a dear old friend just to say hi,  just put a little love out into the universe...little ripples create big waves.

Sending love and hugs your way,


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