Thursday, 21 January 2016

Cardmaking Take One

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you today a few homemade cards that have made the cut recently. I had a little stock-up of crafty things just after christmas. Such things I have never owned before, like stamps and various pretty papers.

Firstly something that's not technically a card but an envelope. When you undo the bow and pull the two heart halves apart, it opens out like a box! It doesn't have to be a heart of course, you could cut the flaps into any shape you like. Inside is a list for the mister: "52 reasons why (insert name here) is actually quite good." Because, you know, if you've just given someone a heart envelope then you can't make the title too soppy.
Heart envelope that when ribbon is untied opens up into a box with a message inside.
Here is the YouTube tutorial that I used to make this. 
Just add extra frontal card pieces, trim down the flaps, and add the ribbon at the end!

My uni friends and I don't usually exchange cards, but my favourite couple gave me and the mister one so I had to fix the slight awkwardness. I'm very proud of this little card and I got to use my stamps for the first time. There's a Sharpie dinosaur because what's more Christmas-y than that? Also we used to doodle them all over each other's paper.
"Merry belated christmas and a slightly less belated new year" card with a dinosaur on it.

Next we have a card I sent to my mum in the hope of receiving some post back to make me feel all special. She'd sent me a flip calendar with pictures from my childhood on that was very sweet. It also doubled as a "thanks for feeding me so much free food over christmas" card.
"Thank you" stamped card with collaged flowers in a pot.

And finally a couple of birthday cards:
Collaged panda birthday card that reads "Happy Birthday to my favourite little brother."
A cute collage panda, googly eyes, what more could you ask for?

Two hippos. The hippo eating cake is saying "You should not eat all the cake." The other hippo is saying "That's very hippo-critical."
I'm sure hippos would eat cake.

Well that's all for now!

Scissors and snippets,


  1. Hi, I can't find instructions for the heart envelop posted January 16. Also the video is down. Can you help. Thanks

    1. Oh no, that's not great.
      This YouTube tutorial also shows it:
      The only difference is that at the end I stuck the half-heart shapes onto the rectangular opening flaps and then trimmed them down to size and added the ribbon.
      Good luck making yours!