Friday, February 25, 2011

Basic Handmade Card Tutorial

As I have mentioned before, I love making handmade cards, but don't usually have the time for it. However, my sister is going to a baby shower next weekend so I thought I would take the opportunity to make a card using the scrapbooking goodies I bought quite a while ago. The mom to be does not know the gender of her baby so I made a pretty neutral card using yellow, brown and green cardstock.

I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so I could make the card quickly, but still get to try out the scrapbooking chalk, stamps and ink pad that I haven't used yet!

List of items that I used:
Bazzill Basics 8x8 cardstock
Brown Cardstock
White Cardstock
Pebbles Chalk, Yellow and Green from the Basic Brights Palette
1/8 or 1/4 inch Brown Ribbon
Glue Dots
Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge or 3 inch Scalloped Circle Punch
Cricut New Arrival Cartridge
Ink Pad
Imaginisce Snag Em Stamp
Fiskars Punch

First, I chose the yellow cardstock from the paper pad and folded it in half.

From white cardstock, I cut out a 3 inch scalloped circle using the Cricut and the Sweet Treats cartridge. (You can also use a 3 inch scallop circle punch for this part)
I then used glue dots (regular glue works well too, but I love the convenience of glue dots) to stick the white 3 inch scalloped circle onto the top half of the card.

I then used the Imaginisce baby giraffe stamp and stamped the center of the scalloped circle. Other cute stamps work well too.

I used the pebbles scrapbooking chalk to color in the giraffe and add a bit of color to the scalloped circle. It was my first time using scrapbooking chalk so it didn't quite turn out, but I hope to get better at it with practice.

Using the brown cardstock, I cut out the word "baby" with my Cricut and the New Arrival Cartridge. I set the size to 3/4 inch to cut some and then set it on 1 inch for a couple more sets. I cut some using the scalloped edge as well as plain edge so I could mix and match the letters, and gave myself way too many options! This is a great little "shape" from the cartridge, because it cuts out the blocks and you can use the letters from inside the blocks as well!

I ended up using the 1 inch block for the first letter and 3/4 inch blocks for the rest. I mixed and matched the scalloped and plain edge blocks just for fun.

I decided to make a ribbon tie closure and used my Fiskars 1/8 rectangle hand punch to make the holes.
I looped the ribbon through the back flap of the card.

Then I tied a knot so that the ribbon wouldn't completely fall out once untied.

Then I looped the ribbon through the front of the card.

and tied a bow!
There it is! Blank inside so there's plenty of room for a thoughtful message. (The card actually fits perfectly into a standard #10 envelope so I stamped the bottom right hand corner with the giraffe stamp and colored it in with chalk to match the card)

Happy Card Making!!

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