CRAFTY & CHIC GREETING CARDS USING 12" X 12" PAPER PADS
I am a paper pad buying hoarder. I have them stacked everywhere in the craft room. Some of my favourite brands include The Paper Studio (exclusive to Hobby Lobby), Craft Smith (sold at Michaels stores), and Heidi Swapp. That being said, today's project brings together patterns from all my books to create chic, mix-and-match greeting cards that I just absolutely love! With very few embellishments added, it looks like I picked them right up from a store!
I also cheated and made the cards to fit into pre-fab envelopes, so it was easy for me to choose the size to make my cards. In saying that, each card measures 4" x 5 1/2". But you choose what fits best for you. For this project, you will need a few other key items.
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
12" x 12" card stock
Embellishments (sticker letters, rhinestones) from a craft or dollar store
The inspiration for this project was finding this sheet right here! And luckily, most paper pads, especially this one called Llama Love by Craft Smith, will have two like it in the book. It allows you to make clean cuts and use the small prints on the face of cards, making this project oh-so-easy.
Use the trimmer to do that then, and eliminate the hard corners with the rounder punch at 7 mm.
This next step is the fun part. Look for patterns to mix-and-match with the printed image. Once you do, use the trimmer to cut a piece that's 8" x 5 1/2". Fold it in half.
Attach the picture to the front and centre of the card you just made with the adhesive foam dots. This way your card isn't flat, but has a little height to it. Then add embellishments for a little extra glam! For instance, I added three heart-shaped rhinestones on the llama's collar. I placed some round glitter stickers to the butterfly's wings. And in the typewriter, I added the text: "U R my type". Here is where you can personalize the cards for the occasion or the person it's for (like a monogram card with the initial "E")!
Total project time: about 30 minutes for four cards.