When Paper Crafts magazine announced a July gallery contest on its blog with a theme of summer shapes, a few ideas ran through my mind. Beach balls, flip-flops, the sun, popsicles …
Mmmm, popsicles. Almost as good as cupcakes. I liked the idea of making a popsicle-shaped card. It would be colorful and have a bit of sparkle. My crafting sidekick, the Slice, can die-cut an ice pop, but not card-sized and not in a form that would fold into a card. I searched websites for digital stamps and clip art, but saw nothing I liked. I wanted a double-stick version, with a bite shape at the top. I’d have to create my own template in Adobe Illustrator.
A little time, a little bling and lots of glitter was all I needed for this card … and two jumbo craft sticks, supplied by a friend (because 150 sticks per package is a bit much for me). You can see my card and other contest entries on the contest’s Flickr page.
My template and a few 2-inch popsicle shapes I also created are available here. Have fun!
On occasion, card-makers have an opportunity to create for a special event — a graduation, wedding or the arrival of a baby.
My husband and I are friends with a couple expecting a baby girl. I turned to my trusty Slice, pink glitter cardstock, tiny shoes and safety pins for this card.
When I saw October Afternoon’s 9 to 5 collection about a month ago, I could not resist getting some pieces. The first detail I noticed: one of the secretaries on the patterned paper looks like Joan from “Mad Men,” one of my favorite shows.
The line, with a vintage theme, has items that feature typewriter-ribbon labels, office ephemera and guides that may have been found on a secretary’s desk decades ago, such as excerpts from 1949′s “How to be a Super-Secretary” pamphlet (to see a PDF of the pamphlet, go here).
Three die-cut cards from October Afternoon’s 9 to 5 “Miscellany” pack on a backdrop of the 9 to 5 “Supply Closet” cardstock (the reverse side).
After checking out my loot and brainstorming ideas, I created a checkbook cover and a birthday card using pieces from this line, other products I’ve had and a bit of digital design with a typewriter font.
A simple card can make a great impression. No embellishments or layers, just a stamp or two and one piece of cardstock.
This card shows off the cardstock’s subtle pattern of embossed polka dots, which doesn’t overwhelm little Woodstock. Add a bit of glaze pen, and you’re done.