Teach You Thursday – Scrap Paper Holiday Greeting

As a cardmaker I find myself wondering what to do when I have some scrap paper with words on it.  Trying to not waste paper or trash it I find some kind of card to make.  Which I hope to show you how to do with today’s tutorial.  In honor of the holiday season I thought I would relate the card to reindeer and music.

Step One: Gather Your Materials (Note materials will differ on this card since it depends on what you have)

Scrap patterned paper, scrap solid paper, sticker embellishment
Materials: Scrap patterned paper, scrap solid paper, sticker embellishment

I have several pieces of scrap red music sheet paper from a custom order so how fitting for a winter holiday greeting since we hear tons of carols this time of the year.  I also have some sticker embellishments that had 2 prancing reindeers so I thought it would make a great card coordinated with light patterned swirls silver paper and a dark gray solid paper.

Step 2: Layout your papers how you desire on the card
Silver Swirl Paper Placed first

Silver Swirl Paper Placed first















I first took the silver swirled paper and made that my background paper.  Then I took the red music paper and cut it be a inner rectangle allowing the swirls to show.  Now for me I don’t pay attention to the size just cut but next tutorial I’ll remember to tell the sizes.
Placement of Red Music Paper

Placement of Red Music Paper















The last piece of layering is the Solid Gray.  Here I took some fancy cutting scissor that were hill curve shaped and cut a narrow piece of the gray and layered that over the entire card centered vertically.
Placement of Curvy Solid Gray Strip

Placement of Curvy Solid Gray Strip















Step 3: Add embellishment
Now I wanted to use the prancing reindeer sticker embellishment(it isn’t flat but gel like).  So I’ve place it in the center of the gray strip directly in the center of the card.  And here it is — I apologize for the picture but I’m studying for finals and using this as my break!
Finshed product - Prancing Reindeer on Music Paper

Finshed product - Prancing Reindeer on Music Paper















Have fun Making Your Own Gift Within A Card!


Maranda

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Jog Your Memory Mondays

 Presents Under the Tree                                            

It is officially the holiday shopping and gifting season — we know all the sales started on Black Friday but today is CyberMonday so head over to our Etsy Shop and get a free pair of earrings with your purchase(pictured below).  And oh you also get 20% off until December 15th!

 

 

 

 

 

Ask yourself — do I have all of my holiday greetings ready?  If the answer is no then make your list, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!  I will be posting holiday greeting tips later this week.

Classy Menorah

 

Counting down the days— Hanukkah begins December 21, Christmas December 25, Kwanzaa begins December 26!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Free Pair of Earrings with Purchase

Free Pair of Earrings with Purchase

Inspire Me Tuesday

First I want to say thanks for dealing with my absence!  Can you believe it’s been like three weeks since I’ve written — with the new job and trying to get in a routine I’d always forget to blog… Well I’m finally in a semi-routine and I’m on a major to-do list/organize thyself Goal!

What better way to start back than with this Inspire Me Card:

Hope

HOPE is the dream of every walking man — Aristotle

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you!  I know it is really marinating in my soul — We always hope for specific things but they won’t come true unless if we work for them (make the steps to achieve them).  The card will be posted to our ETSY site no later than Wednesday so keep an eye out for it!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Teach You Thursday – Scrap Word Paper

I apologize for posting this so late… things have been busy with my tutoring and work… by being off work 2 days with the sick kiddo I’ve been working longer hours so that I have mola to pay the bills. 

As a cardmaker I find myself wondering what to do when I have some scrap paper with words on it.  Trying to not waste paper or trash it I find some kind of card to make.  Which I hope to show you how to do with today’s tutorial.  In honor of Graduation season I thought I would relate the card to graduates.

Step One: Gather Your Materials (Note materials will differ on this card since it depends on what you have)

Scrap Word Paper Card

Materials:

Scrap pieces of paper with words on it                         Scrap pieces of coordinating paper                                  Adhesive
Embellishments if desire

 

 

 

Step 2: Layout your papers how you desire on the card

Scrap Word Paper Card layer paper

Using your various paper layer them on the card arranging your word paper so that they are legible to read. As you can see I used a patterned vellum paper for the top portion and my words appear at the bottom of the card.

Step 3: Add your desired embellishments
For me I needed something to serve as a divider between the vellum and the word paper so that the styles flow together. I took some blue cardstock – cut as a strip of ribbon and placed some red brads along it.

And you are done you have a card which uses your scrap word paper in congratulations greeting for the special graduate in your life. What do you think?

Scrap Word Card

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jog Your Memory Monday

Greetings

I hope all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I didn’t do much for my little one is sick.. her temperature is going up and down due to this wonderful Louisville weather we’ve been having.  We were at a show this past weekend “Beechmont Festival of Flowers” and it was a good time hanging with fellow artists and seeing some of our frequent card buyers! 

While at the show we also got some WONDERFUL News — starting June 14th we will be part of the Beechmont Farmer’s Market.  We can participate as much as we want but we are thinking just every other weekend!  SO it is going to busy around here making sure we have enough cards and are preparing for the event.

Spring Card

Okay now to the theme of the day – the card giving day of this week is :  Armed Forces Day on May 17th.  Take the time to send that special soldier in your life a card letting them know you care and are thankful.  If you don’t know of a solider you can check out the site – AnySoldier.com.  The Spring card above is a great way to wish some a wonderful spring and thank that soldier for all they do.

Now ask yourself — do I need to send some cards out this week?  If the answer is yes you better verify the address, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card

Maranda

Jog Your Memory Monday (Happy Cinco De Mayo)

Hello All

I apologize for posting this late — today was the first day of our new session of teaching.  Where I teach we are session based so it is always busy on the first day and I forgot to write my post when I woke up this morning.

First — Happy Cinco De Mayo!  I hope you aren’t partying to much at one in the afternoon!  Later this evening I will post about Cinco De Mayo and why it’s an important date.

Monday’s theme posts will be jogging your memory on what cards you need to send this week.  Since we are in a new month of May I first wanted to start off informing you of dates to send cards in the month:

Dates To Send Cards in May

May- Emerald – Lilly of the Valley

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Teacher Appreciation Month
  • May 1 – National Day of Prayer
  • May 3 – Kentucky Derby
  • May 5 – Cinco De Mayo
  • May 6 – Teacher Day
  • May 11 – Mother’s Day
  • May 17 – Armed Forces Day
  • May 26 – Memorial Day

Filegre Thanks     Teacher Appreciation Card

The focus related cards for this week are around your Teacher Appreciation — throughout the week if you are a student or a parent please don’t forget to let the Teacher in your life know how important they are to you.  You can do this with a simple Thank you card (remember last Thursday had a tutorial on how to make your own Thank You card with scraps!) 

The two cards above are on our Etsy Site and would be great for giving your teacher as a form of thanks!

Now ask yourself — do I need to send some cards out this week?  If the answer is yes you better verify the address, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

 

Teach You Thursday: Thank You Scraps

REMINDER:  Poetry Giveaway Just for Mom ends midnight, May 3rd.  Click here for more.

As some of our readers know, we moved our studio to a new location recently and with it being spring a time of renewal we are making some changes to how ZeVin Creations markets themselves especially so we can reach our goals for 2008!  One major change we will be making is to the “Making Gifts Within A Card” blog — we are going to have more theme based posts which will still adhere to our goals of educating people of when and how to send cards! 

It is my honor to start the new post of “Teach You Thursdays” – on Thursdays I will post a mini-tutorial on how to make a card geared toward an upcoming holiday.  You know initially I was worried about showing people how to make cards BUT I realized that as we’ve grown our style has changed so I can show the basics and see what happens.  As well this will increase our audience for in these times of economic struggles you can save a little making your own simple little card.  Another neat aspect about these tutorials is that they will be GREEN focused — as some know I love keeping my scraps and make something special with them — I don’t waste anything for you can make something out of any size of paper.

With Teacher Day being May 6, I thought it would be beneficial to show you how to make a simple Thank You card using your scraps.

Step One: Gather Your Materials (Note I have enough materials to make two cards)

Materials for Teach You Thursday May 12008

Materials:

  • Scrap pieces of paper that coordinate together
  •             One big size patterned paper, 2-3 pieces of small solid papers
  • Alphabet stickers (focus is to spell out Thanks or Thank You)
  • Any other embellishments you desire
  • One greeting card cut into two flat cards
  • Favorite style of adhesive
  • Scissors and paper trimmer

 

Step Two: Place your patterned paper down

Step One may12008    Step One May12008 Card 2

Using your adhesive you want to place the patterned paper on your flat card front in whichever style of layout you desire.  In Card 2 I’m leaving some white space on the top and bottom of the card to give some variety.

Step 3: Use coordinating smaller pieces to form a design area for your words

Step Three may12008 Card 1

As you can see, with Card 1 I took my scrap pieces and cut them into narrow strips and adhered them to the patterned paper forming a geometric design.  (I accidentally forgot to take a picture of Card 2 in this step SORRY)

 

 

 

 

 

 
Step 4: Adhere Thank You phrase to the card

Step 4 May12008 Card 1   Step 4 May12008 Card 2

I always have extra stickers floating around so using various sheets or one new sheet form your phrase.  As you see with both cards I adhered the phrase to a different piece of paper to provide distinction. 

Step 5:  Add any embellishments if you desire

Step 5 May12008 Card 2

I first apologize for the coloring of this picture(I forgot to enhance it).  But I wanted to add a butterfly to the sentiment so using some scrap paper I cut it out and adhered.  You can add any type of embellishment you desire.

 

 

 

 

So now all you have to do is Write your special message to that teacher you appreciate.  What a great way to make a Gift Within A Card — provide some appreciation to someone that has inspired you via education!

I look forward to doing our next Teach You Thursday for it will be geared for that last minute Mother’s Day gift!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

REMINDER:  Poetry Giveaway Just for Mom ends midnight, May 3rd.  Click here for more.