As some of you may have already discovered, Pinterest can be entirely addictive. I swear you can find almost anything you can think of there. Whether you just love looking at Cute Critters, want to get organized or do some crafting, your saved ideas are there at your fingertips.
What you’ll probably find is, you’ll ‘COLLECT’ a great many more project ideas than you could possibly make in one lifetime 😀 So last week, when I wanted to make a card for two adorable blogging friends, I decided I would finally use one of the 68 card ideas I’ve collect on Pinterest. I chose this card by the talented Karola Witczak as my inspiration. You can use the link to see her entire Gallery, I thought it was beautifully done.
I loved the winged heart and rolled papers in Karola’s design and choose to use a new collection by Kaisercraft called Hidden Treasure.
The paper collection, with navy, teal, ochre and creme had the rural-country vibe I was looking for. Here’s what transpired in the Boom-room 😀
My big tip for the day is, “if one card is good, two cards is better”. If you’re taking time to make a card, why not double down on everything. When you cut your papers to size, cut two. When you’re die-cutting, cut two. Using your brad setter? Do it twice. I find, deciding what goes where and in what colour takes longer than making the actual card and this is a great way to optimize that effort.
I especially loved the rolled papers on Karola’s design, and took the opportunity to show off both sides of the scrapbook paper. Because really, who can ever decide which one’s prettier?
I found that it helped by tightly rolling them on a narrow tool to start. Then add a dab of glue, tighten and let dry. I’ve seen the same technique used to make a Christmas tree on a card, that might be fun!
Adding a little texture to your paper so it’s not as refined in appearance, can lend to the country vibe too. Guess what? There’s a tool for that too! LOL . Just ask at your local Scrapbook shop.
Don’t you know it, collaging is my thing so I used a Tim Holtz acrylic stamp to fashion the wings, set in brads, and added a plethora of accoutrement until I was please with the result. When I decorate at home, I often mix styles or era’s, and sometimes contrasting elements like rustic twine and pretty crochet lace can add a ying-yang that’s appealing on your paper crafts too.
Since I had a few scraps left over, I decided to tuck it all into a vellum envelope that got pretty’d up with this heart shaped die cut by Memory Box. Their collection of dies are irresistible.
The cards seem perfect for the friends I sent them too: a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll.
Looking for more inspiration?