Papercrafting in Twenty! Making Sets of Cards
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Each month (more often when possible) we’ll share ideas for papercrafting – starting with a look at our finished project(s) and followed by step-by-step instructions so you can make them yourself!
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Papercrafting ideas galore including, but not limited to:
- Home Decor Projects
- Mixed Media
- Art Journaling
- Paper Folding
- Paper Cutting
- Paper Sculpture
- Paper Making
- Book Binding
Grab your timer and join us!
Here’s our newest Papercrafting in Twenty project, each designed and created in just under 20 minutes!
I created these cards, which can be used individually or gifted as a set, with just a few supplies (most all from my stash!):
- Watermelon2Stamp set from The Stamps of Life
- Watermelon stamp (from a Recollections $1.50 stamp set)
- Red, Green and Black Ink Pads (from my small inks pads stash)
- Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
- Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn and Black Soot Distress Ink Pens from Ranger
- Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder
- Ranger Glossy Accents
- Pink and green ribbon (from my ribbon stash)
- Pink and green textured cardstock from Bazzill (from my paper stash)
- White card bases (5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) w/matching envelopes (from my card blanks & envelopes stash)
- Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape
- Scotch Double-Sided Tape
And, just a few tools (my favs!):
- Fiskar’s SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
- Fiskar’s Titanium Micro-Tip Easy Action Scissors
- Ranger Heat-It Craft Tool
- Tidy Crafts Tidy Tray
And, each in less than 20 minutes!
Well what do you think?
Are you ready to give cardmaking a try?
You don’t have to create the cards exactly as shown here – you could use different supplies and/or other colors, and/or adapt this same layout design for stamp sets you want to try out.
Our goal is to show you what we were able to create and inspire you to create it as well or, better yet, create your own version!
And then, of course, we want you to share yours with us!
Let’s look at how these cards were created…(photos relate to instructions below them)
Step One: Start by measuring your card blanks (or create your own card bases and note the measurements) – the card bases I used for this project are 5 1/2′ x 5 1/2″.
Step Two: Next, cut the first piece of cardstock (the one that will be adhered to the card base) 1/4″ smaller than the card base measurement (my card base is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ so I cut the green cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″). When centered on the white card base there will be an 1/8″ margin of white showing around all four sides of the green cardstock.
Step Three: Now cut the second piece of cardstock (the one that will be adhered to the first piece of cardstock) 1/4″ smaller than the green cardstock measurement (the green cardstock is 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ so I cut the pink cardstock to 5″ x 5″). When centered on the green cardstock there will be an 1/8″ margin of green showing around all four sides of the pink cardstock.
Step Four: I then searched through my stash for ribbon that would work on these and low and behold, I found a PERFECT ribbon! It’s two-toned pink with green stitching along the edges (top of the second row from the left). Love it! I laid the ribbon across each card and cut four pieces, making sure the lengths I cut were long enough to wrap around the stacked green and pink cardstock (before they were attached to the card bases).
Step Five: Next I adhered the pink square of cardstock to the green square of cardstock, and wrapped the ribbon around the adhered pieces before adhering the ribbon-wrapped stack to the card base. On several of the cards I waited to attach the ribbon until the next step* was completed and those pieces were adhered to the card base and cardstock stack.
Step Six: *Because I like to have multiple layers of cardstock on my cards, and I want each one to look a bit different, I cut up pieces of both the green and pink cardstock in a variety of shapes and sizes.
I then laid them out on three of the card bases until I found designs I liked (the fourth, plain card base is shown in Step Five) .
You can make all your cards the same, or cut up pieces in the shapes and sizes you prefer.
This is also a GREAT time to raid your scrap paper stash!
Step Seven: I then grabbed the stamps I wanted to use (see images above) and set about stamping my chosen images onto white cardstock using a watermelon-colored red ink.
I started with the image of the row of “dancing” watermelons, stamping only two rows.
For the large slices of watermelon, I stamped the main piece in red, the rind in green and the seeds in black (see images above). A total of four were stamped.
I then cut out all of the stamped images, leaving a bit of a white edge on the row of watermelon slices image, and cutting right along the lines on the large slices of watermelon.
Step Eight: Next, I laid out the various cut cardstock pieces (from Step Six) and the cut-out stamped images and designed each card’s front. Some of the images were adhered flat on the cardstock and some were raised by using foam tape to pop them up a bit.
Step Nine: I stamped the sentiments in black on pieces of the green and pink cardstock and embossed them with clear embossing powder so they’d stand out. Because I wanted two of the sentiments to say “you are sweet!” and “you are sweet, sweet, sweet!” and I didn’t have such a sentiment, I combined two sentiment stamps and did some masking. I blocked off the second and third line of the “you are one in a melon!” sentiment so that only the “you are” portion was showing – that portion was then inked up with black ink, and after removing the messy mask, I stamped “you are” onto pink cardstock. I then stamped the “SWEET!” sentiment below the “you are” sentiment (I placed “SWEET!” on the block above “you are” to make sure it was centered with it and then removed “you are” before inking up “SWEET!”). I stamped “SWEET!” once on one card and three times on another card.
I continued by stamping two additional sentiments, “you are one in a melon!” and “Have a Sweet Day,” and created two more sentiment blocks.
I then cut out all of the sentiment blocks and inked the edges with black ink, and added the blocks to their respective cards.
Step Ten: I attached the “dancing” watermelon slices strips to two of the cards, a single watermelon slice to another card, and 3 watermelon slices to the fourth card, popping up all of the cut elements with foam tape. After all of the cards were assembled, the two cards with the dancing watermelon strips seemed a bit plain so I stamped the small watermelon slice (from the Recollections fruit stamps set) in VersaMark ink and embossed the stamped slices with the same clear embossing powder used for the sentiments.
Somehow they still didn’t seem finished so I grabbed three Distress Ink Pens (a pink, a green and a black) and set about coloring in the stamped, dancing watermelon images: red for the flesh, green for the rind and black for the seeds. Voila, now they’re done!
Well, not so fast…
After looking at all the cards again, I decided that they still seemed too “flat.”
Solution? Glossy Accents to the rescue! I’m telling you, that stuff is awesome for adding a little shine and dimension to any project!
I dabbed a bit of glossy accents on all of the watermelon seeds and let them dry.
And NOW they’re done!
That’s it – quick and easy!
It would take less than 20 minutes to make each of these cards, especially if you make a few, or a bunch, at once.
These four cards could be wrapped in a nice ribbon and given as a set to a friend or family member, or to use yourself to stay in touch with your loved ones.
Note: These cards are all the same color, even though it doesn’t look like it in the images above!
We hope you’ll give cardmaking a try and share your creations with us by linking to them in the comments.
And, we’d love to have you share our newest offering, Papercrafting in Twenty, with your papercrafting buddies.
And finally, we’d love to hear from you – what do you want to learn about?
We can’t guarantee we’ll include everything suggested, but if it’s papercrafting-related, it’s likely we’ll be game!
Oh, and if you know of papercrafters (talented amateurs, or artists and designers) who might want to contribute to Papercrafting in Twenty, send them our way – we’d love to hear from them!
And, we’d love to interview them, to find out how THEY find time to create.
We’d sure love to hear their tips and tricks – you too?
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