33/14: creative card making – card enhancing

Card enhancing? When I’m in a hurry to make an occasion card, sometimes I take a notecard, which already has a base design, add some Calligraphy and other embellishments.

I love to recycle, and have brought this to my card-making. Sometimes I use scraps of paper leftover from other projects, cardboard from cereal packets, coloured card backings from purchased items. Tearing, cutting, punching, and then placing in an aesthetically pleasing way can create a myriad of effects. Utilising foam double-sided tape, squares or dots adds another dimension to the cards.

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card enhancing Paris theme

card enhancing with cardboard

I thought this Ronde Character script added a Parisian flair to the inside of the card. Decorating the outside of the envelope adds interest.

Calligraphy Ronde Character

You may think you are not creative, but if you borrow other people’s ideas you can adapt them to your own needs, and before you know it, you may unleash your latent creativity and become addicted to this form of self-expression!

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23/14: burn for you

burn for you

Not being the most technologically advanced individual, it always pleases me when I have made some small advancement in computer skills.

Don’t judge me too harshly, as I am relatively new to really creative photo-shopping or creating art on the computer. I’ve always been  more a hands-on type, preferring to use traditional media such as pens, pencils and paint. However, I had a bash and came up with this, which I have entitled “Burn for You”. I did it a few months ago, after having my my new laptop for just over six months, and I think I used “Paint”, or was it Adobe Photoshop? Whichever, it was fun manipulating the original photo, which I think was a “selfie”.

Looking at it objectively, it looks a lot like finger-painting, but the best way to learn these skills is often by trial and error. And besides, it was fun!

 

18/14: cards with a punch

In card making you can create a strong impact by using punches in creative ways.

For this card I have chosen a deep pink square card, plus two papers in an analogous colour range for the tags. I used my Creative Memories Tag Maker, plus a scalloped corner cutter and a little fleur de lys punch. Just stick the tags on in a pleasing way, making sure there is a good balance between negative and positive space. I added some little lines around the edge as a border for two reasons: firstly, to accentuate the shape of the tag and secondly, to create a hand-stitched look. Now the tags are ready for some calligraphy or lettering.

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