Hey there friends! Paper Crafts Magazine's newest special issue, Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters has hit newsstands and it is HOT! This issue is by far MY favorite because it has great ideas like:
Organization & Storage Solutions
Using Household Items in your Projects
Using Those Scraps of Paper
How to Incorporate Items that You Might Throw Away
Five cards for $5I am so happy to share some fun ideas on how you can make 5 cards for $5! This idea is great for the crafter on a budget!
Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters has AMAZING ideas that inspired me to organize my craft space with materials and stuff that I had on hand, and the projects are super fabulous! Seriously, almost every page in my issue is earmarked. I even shared it with my students, and they love it!
I love the colors and designs in Pink Paislee's Prairie Hill
collection. One of my favorite parts of the collection are the Element stickers. Because these stickers are smaller in scale, I created a smaller card base (Julia Aston's template) so they would look perfectly proportioned to the card base. The card bases are 2.5" x 8." You can make four cards just from one piece of cardstock!
Try to find new ways to add ribbon to card. I cut slits in the card and pulled the ribbon. Doing this provides just the right amount of texture without over-powering the design.
Because the focal point of this card is the cute camera sticker, I trimmed a polaroid shape from patterned paper and created my own photo corners from cardstock. Experiment with trimming and cutting paper based on a central design element or motif; you can get a lot of bang for your buck!
A pop of saturated color in the twine brings out the orange in the patterned paper.
Sometimes your eye needs to rest. Colors and busy patterns can muddle the point of interest in a layout or card. Since, were making cards for $5, I trimmed the packaging that came with the Element stickers because the grid pattern of the packaging created a relief spot between the polka dots pattern and the sun, cloud and sentiment perfectly, allowing the stickers to take center stage.
By now you can probably tell that I depth and using foam tape. Foam tape can transform simple materials into DIY embellishments. The sun in the card was created by adhering a punched patterned paper circle to a sun sticker. To fancy up the kite, I adhered it to some ribbon and added twine, mimicking kite tails.
You can make this set of cards for only $4.80!
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