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Cards. Cards. Cards.

December 3rd, 2009 by Avital

This week I was determined to dig deep into my stash and make stuff with forgotten products, side by side with some new products and toys I bought lately. Mix old with the new and get into the holidays’ spirit…

Old: Chatterbox patterned paper, Scalloped circle punch, ink: Palette hybrid in Pure Poppy and vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink.

New: American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill kraft cardstock, Apron Lace border punch by Fiskars, Stamps: Papertrey Ink “Retro Basic Backgrounds”, Ali Edwards “You” for Technique Tuesday, Glitz Design “distress 2”.

Techniques: 1. The striped paper was cut diagonally for a diagonal design. 2. For the flower I punched a gazillion scalloped circles (ok, just 10) and attached them together with a brad. Then I crumpled each layer to create a super-dimensional flower.

Old: Chatterbox patterned paper, wire rimmed ribbon, ink: Palette hybrid in Dark Chocolate and vintage Cream by Papertrey Ink, red felt marker, white gel pen.

New: American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill kraft cardstock, Corner Chomper, stamps: Ali Edwards “You” for Technique Tuesday, Glitz Design “distress 2”.

Techniques: 1. I pleated the ribbon, the wire rim helps it stay put. Then I took a strip of a strong double-sided adhesive and attached it to the cardstock and adhered the pleated ribbon to it. 2. For the layered, distressed background, I first stamped a generic houndstooth pattern in a cream colored ink, let it dry and then stamped a text pattern with brown ink over it.

Old: Cream card, red-brown thread, Palette hybrid ink in Pure Poppy by Papertrey Ink, Kaiser Craft’s clear rhinestones, Fiskars 2″ circle squeeze punch.

New: Brother LS2125I Sewing Machine, American Crafts cardstock, Stamp: Papertrey Ink “Mixed Messages”.

Techniques: This is my first trial ever at sewing, so I’m pretty proud of the semi-straight border 🙂 1. The border is sewn with a zig-zag stitch. 2. the circle was punched with a 2″ circle punch and adhered to the card with temporary adhesive. Then I sewed freely inside and around the circle to create a rose-like abstract pattern. I also made one run with no thread, for a dotted-punctured effect.


Have you been hoarding products that has been collecting dust in the back of the shelf? Have you used your scraps/old supply lately? What have you been doing? Have you been experimenting with a new toy or technique? Share! I love a good discussion 🙂

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2 Comments to “Cards. Cards. Cards.”

  1. good evening Friend!

    Love your cards!
    Your 1st time sewing? really? You did great!
    ( I’m a recent sewer myself )
    Great post so well explained, you should see all the products I have in the house hoping that someday….
    Seeing your beauties make me want to dig in my old and mix it with my new, something I haven’t done in a while. Since we were talking about resolutions yesterday, one of mine for this year was to make an extra effort and use my scraps more. Whenever I finish making a page or a mini I’ll try to use what’s left on my table to make a couple of cards…I really enjoy transfering from one support to another while the mojo is still going, does that make any sense?

    P.S: The ATCs are in the mail 😉

    Thank you ~

    • Avital says:

      Thank you!

      Yes, it is my first time sewing. I was surprised it looked semi-straight. I was expecting something much more crooked 🙂

      …and it does make sense. A lot. Sometimes I am finishing a project and feel filled with inspiration from creating and telling stories. A small project, like a card or two, seems like the perfect way to make use of the mojo before it disappears into the daily grind.