Hi everyone! I was sitting here at my crafty desk a few nights ago looking at the remains of my last mini album using Graphic 45′s Botanical Tea Collection. I had the odd scatterings of pieces of papers and bits from the flowers, envelopes, flags, stickers, chipboard, well you get the jist. I’m sure you’ve been in the same spot. I was going to just bundle it into one neat and tidy little package and then thought how silly why don’t I just make a card or two.
I got out my go to white cardstock. It’s 110# basic white 8 1/2″ x 11″ which I cut each piece in half leaving me with the standard A2 size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ after scoring in the middle. I had some flowers I’d already made and a few fairly decent sized pieces of decorative paper but the rest really was just little snippets of leftovers. I started with one card
I gathered up some dies I wanted to use if possible, the Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls, Tim Holtz On the Edge Distressed Doily by Sizzix and Sizzix Ornate Frame #3 to use with some of the pieces. I fussy cut some elements from the papers and also the front cover of the paper pad, like the butterfly above, leaves, flowers, etc and Glossy Accented or Crystal Lacquered them to help them pop. I also used some Wink of Stella here and there to give them that shimmery look. A few pieces of ribbon, lace, flowers, bling from my stash and before you know it my one little lone card had evolved into a baker’s dozen, thirteen cards!!! I provided a few links here to see these product selections:
I was really surprised at how quickly they all came together, now mind you I didn’t overly layer the decorative papers on the top, I really didn’t have enough to do that, and I didn’t finish the inside but instead left them blank to add the appropriate sentiments to when I’m ready to mail. I did quilt-piece a lot of the papers together, this is really simple to do and can give you some interesting mats for your embellishments on your cards. Simply cut a mat at least the size of your card front and cover it entirely with sticky tape, don’t use wet glue it dries too quickly and you want to have time to pick and choose your papers. Take strips or pieces of papers and start arranging them onto the glued side. When everything’s covered trim flush to the edge and then trim again to the desired size you’d like your
mat. I did that on three of the cards and love the look!
Check out my video below, I won’t be doing a ‘how to make it’ more like a ‘show and tell’ of all thirteen cards. Graphic 45′s Botanical Tea collection is perfect for a set of cards like this and what a perfect gift a set of five or six cards would be. You wouldn’t even need to box them, just tie them with some lovely seem binding or ribbons and perhaps stick in a couple of your favorite teas on top for a bow. What a lovely ‘thinking of you’ gift this would be. Oh yes, I almost forgot, I did make envelopes for each card, they were either cut from discarded wallpaper books (I love these best because they are sturdier than paper) or from loose sheets of this and that paper I had tucked back. I also added a strip of scor-tape along the top flap leaving the top paper on so that whomever I give the set of cards to can just peel the paper and glue the envelope shut.
I hope you’ll be tempted and inspired to make a collection of cards too. Here’s the video on youtube as well: Graphic 45 Cards video
Thanks for watching and Happy Scrappin’!
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4500889: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 Paper Pad
4500895: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1
4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 21
4500893: Graphic 45 Botanical Stickers
4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard
4500892: Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets
657496: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations On teh Edge Die – Distressed Doily
LR071: Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls dies
656578: Sizzix Ornate Frame #3
Scor Tape 203 & 202: Sizes 1/2″ and 1/4″
Supplies from my stash: White cardstock; laces; ribbons; twine; flowers; bling; wet glue; Glossy Accents; Crystal 3D Lacquer; Wink of Stella glitter pen, Stickles, Distress inks; Kaisercraft Droplets; Martha Stewart Scalloped Square 1″ punch; Lace Ribbon Border Punch