I’ve had some Tilda images knocking around my stash for about the last two years, and although I loved them (very much) I hadn’t actually done anything with them. (more I think because I didn’t want to – because if I used them, then I wouldn’t have them anymore … fellow crafters will probably ‘get’ what I mean).
But I’m trying to cut down on my stash and use up some of the things I’m hanging onto because I’m fast running out of space in the Emporium (aka ‘the craftroom’). So in an effort to at least look as if I’m cutting down, I’m using some of those Tilda images.
It’s an Easel Card, so meant to be displayed ‘open’ so that the suprise interior is on show. But when closed, the card looks like this:
The blue gingham paper was something I’ve had around the Emporium for a time, ditto the teeny tiny buttons and the padded gingham star. But the interior paper – the pink roses & polka dots – was from a pad of pretty paper which I bought about four months ago. The ‘stitching’ was all done by hand using a very fine nib pen.
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I totally adored making this little card and had such a lot of fun making it. It was something I’d wanted to make in order to send to one of the younger members of my family (a 6-year-old little girl) as a surprise through the post. She’s completely dotty about Fairies, bless her heart.
A handful of Fairy Dust was carefully decanted into a teeny tiny glass bottle. I popped in the cork, added a label and then tied it up with ribbon.
The picture for the front was printed out onto cardstock. Thick enough to take the dark colours but still thin enough to cut and hold the curl, where the bottle of Fairy Dust bursts through the page. I measured and cut the picture and curled back the centre sections, then I stuck the picture to the card which I’d already cut and made to size, and already done and decorated the inside.
Once the bottle of magical Fairy Dust was tied onto the card …. ‘Voila’! – one magical, very special, Fairy Dust card.
Just to accent the card and give it a bit of a magical twinkle, I used a very fine nib glue pen and sprinkled a little glitter dust in all the right places.
My six years old relative totally loved the card, and I loved the way it turned out!
A 7″ x 6″ plain white card, which with the addition of one grey/blue(ish) lacy patterned card, to which was stitched a warm biscuit coloured dotty card and then added a printed photograph (printed on cardstock) which I’d digitally played around with courtesy of Photoshop, – just to soften and fuzzy up the picture a little – and with the help of a bit of seam binding ribbon, a little lace and finally a round, metal bound velum tag … voila! One pretty New Handmade Baby Card.
I love to stitch onto cards as it gives the kind of loving touch that nothing else can match, and on Baby cards, that loving touch goes a long way.
The photograph above was taken with a flash, and the result of that was the white card was emphasised and looks ‘glow white’! But the picture below was taken without a flash, hence the dark shadows at the bottom of the picture. Tsk tsk .. I wish I was better at taking photos. <sigh>
I wanted to make something special, something with a bit of a ‘wow’ factor for an older friend who lives on the opposite side of the planet to where I am. It had to be big enough to be worthwhile making and receiving. But it had to be light enough so as not to cost such a huge amount for postage that I had to take out a second mortgage to pay for it! So I came up with the idea of a pot of flowers. However, it has a surprise twist to it. More about that ‘twist’ in a minute….
It took me lots of measuringand throwing sheet after sheet of copy paper into the bin (after using it to try out the measurements and see if they were right), before I found the correct measurements to make a card which was big enough to look like a plant pot containing flowers. Then I made the scalloped edge to the pot in order to give it another dimension. (You can just see the scalloped edge peeping out from below the flowers)
Then I made a stand for the back out of chipboard card, (so that the whole thing stood up just like a plant pot) and then blended some dark ink around the edges of the card to make it appear more rounded in shape – rather than the flat card it actually was.
Next came the flowers. The majority of the flowers are all handmade by me. However there are a handful of the smaller ready make paper/silk effect like flowers which kind of add an extra dimension and make it look more real in a funny sort of way.
…. and this is where the ‘twist’ comes in …
The card you’re looking at isn’t a single piece of card type card. This is a pocket card. The pot is sealed around three sides – and the top is left unsealed so that it makes a pocket, into which was going to be a tag.
So … now comes the tag part. I inserted the tag into the card so that I could work out how far down the tag I needed to put the flowers so that the tag couldn’t be distinguished from the card when it was in place and vice versa. But I didn’t want the brown of the card tag to show, so the flowers had to be in *just* the right place.
When the tag is pulled from the pot of flowers I made sure that the pot was still pretty so was careful about where and how I placed the flowers. But the flowers you’re looking at aren’t the whole story. You see … I wanted the card to be just as pretty on the back as it was on the front … so the flowers go around the back of both the pot and the tag.
The tag was where I wrote my message to my friend and signed my name. I boxed the card and sent it via Royal Mail. The card arrived exactly one week later – and she was absolutely thrilled with it.
Oh heck .. I nearly forgot … the metal oxidised ‘copper’ label holder on the bottom of the tag actually isn’t metal at all. I die cut the label holder from a Sizzix die, then embossed it with copper embossing powder to which I’d added some green embossing powder in just the right colour … then I used the heat gun from below to melt the crystals, then once they’d melted, I swapped to heat from the top so that I could get a slightly bumpy, raised sort of look to it in a few places, so that it looked like it might be getting that kind of flaky thing going on. I then attached it to the card with glue, and used two copper brads (with the legs cut off) which I glued to either side of the label holder to make it look like it was screwed in place.
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A relatives Birthday and he wanted money as gifts rather than presents from everyone so that he could get enough to buy himself a particular game for his Xbox One machine. This sounded brilliant to my ears because it meant I didn’t have to try to find a ‘man’ present (why are men always so difficult to buy for? ). But then came to problem of how to ‘dress up’ a gift of money so that it looked like I’d at least tried to make something look special and as if I’d made some sort of effort other than just finding a paper clip and putting the money inside a card.
I remembered a card I’d seen on Pinterest and thought that I could ‘go’ with that sort of idea, but change it so that it was my own design rather than someone elses.
So I combined one of his loves – his fish tank and the amazing fish in it, with the gift of money – and this was the result.
The red fish, big blue fish and the purple octopus are all made from balloons. Regular sized balloons.
I pushed a little cushion wadding (the stuffing from a cushion pad) into the big blue fish so that it kept its puffy shape. The red fish and the purple octopus – I simply cut up two balloons to make those. With the addition of googly eyes they came to life.
The little fish-shaped sentiment at the top of the card (hidden a little bit by the money) says ‘Fishful Thinking’. The watery effect behind the fish is made from a piece of plasticky type backing ‘paper’ which I’ve had for aaaages and never found a use for until now. The shells are plastic adornments which I’ve had for a long time too, and the green water ‘plants’ were cut out with my die cutting machine. as was the window shape cut into the card blank. Oh … and the bubbles coming from the big fish’s mouth are flat back pearls. You can just see some other ‘bubble’ – these were made with tiny amounts of hot glue, but I had to practise making these bubbles (A LOT!) before I felt they were the correct shape to glue onto the card.
The receiver LOVED the card and it was said that it was the “best card you’ve EVER, EVER made!“. …… aw … some people are so easy to please, eh? lol
So .. are you a card maker, do you ‘make’ anything?Pleeease leave a comment in the box below because I love to talk to people, and if you have a blog then leave me a link and I’ll come and visit you and leave a comment for you too. Or perhaps do you save your makes to a Pinterest account? If so, please leave a comment with the link to your Pinterst board and I promise that I’ll visit and leave you comment – I might even ‘like’ and re-pin some of your pins!
Have a great rest of your day! ~
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Two views of the same card (the colour difference is one photograph was taken with a flash, and the other was without the flash).
I had to use a high graded gsm card stock for this card in order to take the weight of the Angel wings which I mounted to the front. (The wings are all handmade by me too).
There is a little silver tone Angel hanging from the bottom of the wings, which has a skirt covered with AB crystals and they catch the light and make the whole card twinkle. The wording: “Angels are Watching Over You”– was made using a stamp which I’ve had for aaages, and then embossed with a little gold and silver embossing powders, which I mixed a little to get a great effect.
There’s an Angel Feather inside the card … and a little pink bow. The decorative black trellis type decoration to the front of the card was made using a Tonic Die, and I also used a die cut tag, again cut using a Tonic Die, to stamp the words onto.
I loved making this card and am so happy to be able to share it with you all.