I’m a little bit at a loss for words. It’s been really hard to find the time to blog lately and that is a real bummer. I think about you all everyday as I sit at my regular 9-5 job and miss being creative. But Friday and I have finally found our way to each other and I just want to share what I’ve been up to.
Spring is on it’s way and seeing the sun, hearing the birds and enjoying some warmer temps inspired me with my Easter cards. In the past I have done individual cards, each one unique. But this time around I decided on replicating the same shape and idea but changing up the colors and making small changes. I used a “production line” way of assembling and it made it much easier to do multiple cards in a shorter time frame. I did start by working one card all the way through from start to finish just so that I had my basic ideas down and then I went in and “mass produced” all my pieces. Below are some pictures of the process as well as the steps.
1. Cut card stock and soften corners with corner rounder.
2. Stamp Bristol with desired images.
3. Color images with assorted Distress Inks/Markers.
4. Punch holes in corner of Bristol for brads (optional).
5. Add embossed detail to color card stock.
6. Assemble cards.
7. Create custom embellishments and assemble.
8. Put together cards and add embellishments.
It was fun to create in this way. I love to do individual cards, each unique to the person who is receiving it, but that can sometimes take longer. My work week can often be hectic and by the time the weekend rolls around my mind is mush. So to keep things simple I opted for easier cards. It was also a nice way to work in my new space. I found myself standing and sitting and moving around comfortably. It can take me some time in a new space to get acquainted with my work area and creating a routine helped me to work efficiently without having to remember where I had put everything. I think this new space is going to work out perfectly.
I had time on Easter to set up a Christmas present from my husband, my desktop studio. Now I can have photo shoots with my creations and show them in a more professional manner. Scroll through to see the final results and the products used. Thank you for allowing me to take the time to breathe create relax. – mj
- Vagabond by Sizzix
- 4 3/4″ Square Kraft Cards and Envelopes by The Paper Studio
- Paper Cardstock by Recollections
- Bristol 300 Series by Strathmore
- Tim Holtz Easter Elements Bigz Die by Sizzix
- Tiny Polka Dots and Butterflies Embossing Folders by The Paper Studio
- 1/2 Mini Corner Rounder Punch by EK Tools
- Tool Kit by Making Memories (no direct link)
- Non-Stick Craft Sheet by Ranger
- Heat It Craft Tool by Ranger
- Mister by Ranger
- Tim Holtz Detail Tip Waterbrush by Ranger
- Mini Ink Blending Tool by Ranger
- 4 x 6 Mounting Block with Gridlines by The Paper Studio
- Sticky Doos White Adhesive Foam Squares by The Paper Studio
- Tim Holtz CMS 144 Easter Blueprints Cling Mount Stamps by Stamper Anonymous
- Happy Easter Wood Mount Stamp by DRS Designs (for greeting inside card)
- Alphabet Stamp Set by Studio G/Hampton Art (no direct link)
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Markers and Paints by Ranger
- Printed Ribbon by Studio G/Hampton Art (no direct link)
- Premium Ribbon by American Crafts (no direct link)
- Pastel Brads by Recollections (no direct link)