Hi everybody, Marilyn here, I'm back!!. Not quite fully recovered from a new knee op, but getting there. I thought to myself I will get my Christmas cards done while I'm recovering, so I hobbled to my craft room to get my stash of cards I had previously made, only to find the pile very much diminished. So the first week was spent putting together 3D's to make into cards so that I had enough to send out. Oh well it took my mind off sore knees. I'm a big fan of 3D's so lucky Regal Craft have a lovely big range now. I like dies too and the range Regal has is substantial and there is quite a few Australiana ones which are really cool!
How super simple is this card. If you have hole punches it may be time to get them out of the cupboard and put them to good use.
Select four different paper (a great way to use up your scraps), and cut four large squares (punch them, die-cut or just use scissors!). If you have a corner rounder punch, round off opposite corners. If you don't then you can buy yourself one at Regal /Craft Cards or use a coin as a template and cut with scissors..
Cut out a square in another colour that is big enough to fit all four square with a bit of space between and around them, and stick the smaller squares in place, with the non-rounded corners in the corners of the backing square (see photo). Mount the whole thing onto a square singlefold card from Regal Craft Cards
You can just stop there if you like, but if you want to add further detail you can either add an embellishment to the middle of the shapes or to one or all of the smaller squares. In this example I've punched out two circles, added some holes and threaded some stranded embroidery cotton through. You could use a button as an alternative.
One of the great things about this card design is how versatile it is - you can vary the colours, or emboss each square with a different pattern or paint them etc, and couple this with embellishments appropriate to literally any occasion from weddings to birthday, to Christmas. A little tip though - unless you use a really "loud" embellishment, the paper is the star of this card, so don't skimp on quality.
It's sometimes hard to find traditional pictures to go onto "men's cards" but one source is postcards!
Regal sell a range of Tasmanian postcards that feature scenery, fishing, trains etc as well as historic advertising that are perfect to add to your cards.
The first step in this card is to cut a large oval from thin blue card stuck to adhesive double sided Jac paper .
Peel of the backing and stick it to the front of the card. Using removable tape, secure a smaller oval die in the middle of the blue one, and, with the card open, cut through all the layers on the front i.e. make a hole with a frame.
The next step is to use this hole as a guide to stick some red paper/card to the inside panel. Again, using removable tape, position a smaller oval die in the most appropriate place on a postcard.(Tassie people will probably recognise this picture of the West Coast Wilderness Railway). Cut out your picture and stick it onto the red oval. You can mount it on foam tape if you want for added dimension.