Here is a super-quick Christmas card idea for you. I made it for my neighbour, using my shiny new Stampin’ Up Back to Basics letter stamps. I got the very good instructions for the folded Christmas tree from StampLadyKatie. They take about two seconds to make!
I was after a quick and effective idea to make a birthday card, so I did lots of hunting around for some inspiration. I really wanted an idea for a nice flat paper flower, but this seems surprisingly hard to find. In the end, I found this great tutorial on how to make fabric hexagonal yo yos, and decided to try it with paper. It worked really well, although I will say a thicker, better quality paper made it so much easier and gave a nice finish. I used two different sized hexagonal flowers to decorate my card – one on top of the other, finished off with a sequin.
I’ve put together a little tutorial on how to make them, and combined with the fabric tutorial, hopefully it should all make sense! As usual, if there are any problems, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help.
- Patterned paper (a bit thicker is easier to work with)
- Circle template (I used a glass)
1. Cut out a circle from paper – any size will do but the smaller the more fiddly it gets (about 8cm across is a good size).
2. Fold in half and then into quarters. 3. Unfold the circle, and mark the centre (this makes the next few folds so much easier). 4. Fold one edge into the centre mark. 5. Fold the left hand corner into the centre. 6. Repeat stage 5 twice more, until it looks like the example below. 7. Fold the left hand corner into the middle to make a point.8. Unfold the point, and put the left hand edge on top of the right hand edge, as shown below.9. After stage 8, you will be left with a little flappy bit.10. This bit is really hard to explain, but you need to flip the flap under the triangle to the left of the last triangle which you made. I had to try this stage out a few times before I got it right, so please let me know if you get stuck. 11. Tuck the flap in, and make sure all your triangle seams line up centrally.
- Plain piece of card, folded in half to make the base of the whole card
- Scraps of patterned paper and other bids and bobs to decorate the front of your card
- Short piece of embroidery floss
- PVA glue
- Hole punch
- Scissors or craft knife
- Start by decorating the outside of your card (I used a strip of paper and a pre-printed label which I stuck on using sticky pads).
- Punch a hole with a hole punch, so it goes through both layers of card (as show below).
7. Open the card up to show the celebratory bunting!
As it is almost my grans birthday, I decided to have a go at making a card. First of all, I made this card below, which uses the flat paper flowers which I used to make my paper garland a while ago.
But then last night, I was perusing Pinterest for something else and found this tutorial for a butterfly easel card. It looked so good, I just had to have a go! The lovely lady whose blog it is has included a pdf and a fancy pattern if you have a digital die-cut machine. I used the pdf and resized as best I could on word and got busy with my craft knife.
It took me AGES to make, mainly because my paper was quite thin, and I have put double/triple layers in place to give the card some stability (this involved a lot of cutting!). Although I cut out enough bits to do a small and a large butterfly, I couldn’t get it to sit properly. This is probably where my dodgy resizing comes in! As it needs to be posted and survive Royal Mail, I decided to just use a big butterfly and embellish it a bit. I used some foam pads to stick on the smaller butterfly and then added an old stamp I had in my stash.
I hope you like it, I am pretty pleased with the end result.
This week I have been making cards – I started by making a card for a friend and then kind of got carried away… It has been very therapeutic though, and has given me the chance to practice my best joined up handwriting which I was taught at school by a very old Irish nun. I never use it in everyday life, way too much hassle, but it looks very old-fashioned and lovely.
I have been raiding my stash and used a luggage label, button and small scrap of butterfly paper to make the card below.
For the card below, I used more buttons, another small scrap of paper and these cutouts from an old atlas which I got from Etsy to use in my Romania scrap book.