Monday, October 5, 2009

cards, cards, and more cards (project 4)

I love writing note cards. I love buying notebooks. I love journals. I just plain love paper! and one of the fruits of this love of paper is a love of blessing others through correspondence. whether birthday cards, thank you notes, get well greetings, or just hello notes, I enjoy them all. and as I've said before, if I allowed Hallmark to create all my cards for me, it would cost me a pretty penny. so out of necessity and now out of a love of the process, I make cards.

and while I can't seem to put together a tutorial like
larissa or lisa, there are a few basic tools that I think are necessary if you have a desire to do basic paper crafting. as with any craft, having the "right" tool for the job allows you the freedom to create without boundaries.

so here are few of my favorites:
1. quality cards- I prefer the white note cards sold at Michaels over the cards offered at JoAnn's.
see the tool belt:
2. paper trimmer-one that is easy to use;
3. great adhesive- I use a tape runner and these awesome glue dots;
4. sharp scissors- these from Creative Memories are the best $5 value around!
5. a "pick up square" from Creative Memories. this little square looks like a gum eraser, but is a work horse for removing any stray adhesive. love it!
I can't give you a specific formula for creating the perfect card. I usually start with a type of card (birthday, get well, etc) then move into a favorite paper or sticker. I use up what I have cutting, bordering, and embellishing.


stitching under oaks said...

oh boy, they are all just wonderful. I love them all. I need to make some autumn cards, can you believe it but my stash of autumn cards is almost depleted??!! You always make such wonderful card creations...thanks for sharing them.

larissa said...

Great tutorial Kristyn - I was not aware of many of these materials. I love all of your cards! you are truly talented. one question though: who do you send the "i'm so sorry cards" to? you're the best!

Journeying Five said...

your cards are great! i love cards and journals to but never seem motivated or inspired to make them. i envy the people, like you, who can make them so is a gift!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Wonderful tutorial :) Love the cars.

Liz said...

Beautiful. So much nicer than store bought!

a friend to knit with said...

you are SO darn good at making cards.
and writing in them. and sending them. and.......

truly LOVELY!