Creative cards
e-Magazines - Issue 19 (Feb 2009) (Public)
Sunday, 01 February 2009 20:00

Turn your office supplies into works of art by making birthday and other cards using index cards from your local stationer. This is an economical product with stunning end results that will spur your own creative designs.

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Creative Cards (Intro Image)

Cardstock by Worldwin. Patterned paper by Making Memories. Brads by Chatterbox. Stamps by PSX, Inkadinkado & Scrappy Cat. Ink by Palette. Flower punch by EK Success. Scallop 9unch by Stampin Up. Other: Book paper, flowers, buttons, embroidery thread, jewellery tag, foam tape, water colour paint, diamantes & index cards.

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Find Piece Within Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

Find Piece Within Card by Jowilna Nolte
Use a circle template and cut a circle out of patterned paper. Distress the edges and adhere to the front of the folded index card. If you don't have a circle template you can always use your double sided tape roll to trace a circle or even a small plate. Punch a scallop circle and adhere to the bottom of the card. Add a silk flower, tag and glitter brad to finish off the card. Stamp a sentiment and matt it onto a dark brown cardstock strip and adhere it to the card just above the flower collage.

Design Tip
Replace the circle on the front of the card with a rectangle to change the look of your card. Simply cut a rectangle from a piece of scrap paper that measures slightly smaller than the height of your card and adhere it flush against the edge of the card for a fresh alternative.

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Believe In Yourself Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

Believe In Yourself Card by Jowilna Nolte
Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 3 Inch x 2.5 Inch and adhere to the front of your card. Tear a piece of dyed book paper and adhere it to overlap the patterned cardstock. Stamp a flower and use water colour paint to add colour to it. Once dry cut it out and adhere it to a punched scallop circle using foam squares. Use a button threaded with embroidery thread to add a dimensional accent to the centre. Adhere the flower and circle to the card as shown and add a matted sentiment to finish off the card.

Technique Tip
To change the look of old book paper use a solution of clothing dye and dip the paper into it then set aside to dry. Alternatively you can also colour wash the paper by using lots of water with acrylic paint and just lightly brushing the watery paint onto the paper.

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Love, Laugh Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

Love, Laugh Card by Jowilna Nolte
Score and fold the index card in half and lightly ink the edges in a creamy brown chalk ink. Punch two flowers from patterned paper and cut two stems for the flowers also from a patterned paper or plain cardstock. Adhere the flowers to the front of the card as shown. Tear off a piece of dyed book paper and adhere it to the bottom of the card overlapping the stems. Add silk flowers, buttons and diamond brad to the centers of the punched flowers. Stamp words onto white cardstock, matt and adhere to the card to finish it off.

Design Tip
Use your punches to create different themed cards. You can use a circle punch to create anything from a flower on a card to a soccer ball for a small boy on a layout and even a ladybird for your little niece's birthday cake. Punches are versatile and offer loads of opportunities.

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Share Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

Share Card by Jowilna Nolte
Punch six circles from different pieces of patterned paper and cardstock. Decorate the circles using buttons, silk flowers, brads, stamps, diamantes and stamped words then adhere them onto the front of your card in a grid formation. Use foam tape to raise some of your punched circles to add dimension to your card. Lightly ink the edges of your card in a creamy brown chalk ink once the card has been assembled. This is a great way to get rid of any left-over pieces of paper and cardstock.

Technique Tip
If you don't have a small circle punch or cutter, use something like a large washer from your husband's toolbox or even an old bottle cap to trace circles on the back of your cardstock before cutting them out. Distress the edges to hide any cutting imperfections.

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Follow Your Dreams Card by Jowilna Nolte (Photo 1)

Follow Your Dreams Card by Jowilna Nolte
Lightly ink the edges. Punch four scallop edged circles – two in the same pattern and two in different patterned papers. Adhere the three punched circles as shown. Stamp the art sentiment onto cream paper and adhere to overlap the bottom punched circle. Stamp the sentiment and matt it onto dark brown cardstock, then adhere it overlapping the art sentiment. Adhere the last matching circle using foam tape ontop of the bottom circle. Finish off the card with a silk flower and brad.

Design Tip
To change the look of any card you simply need to change a single design principle. Instead of positioning the punched circles down the middle move them to one side for a totally different look. Remember to balance out the empty space with a sentiment or embellishment.

This article is an online reproduction of page 14-19 of imagine e-magazine issue 19 (February 2009) as released by Studio J Media. The original magazine can be ordered on digital compact disc directly from them on their website. Information shared in this article is deemed correct at the time the original magazine was released and may have become outdated or products referred to unavailable. For the sake of reference the publish date of this online article on our site is the date the original publication was released and times are for internal sorting purposes only.