And, because of this, I don't send handmade cards as nearly as often as I like. So, to help combat this fear of the card canvas, I am A) taking an inexpensive class ($12!) over at Two Peas called Journey Into Card Making to help give me some inspiration and ideas, and B) hoping to make myself a few, what I think of as "card bases," each month, with varying themes, so all I have to do is add some sentiments, a simple embellishment, and mail them out. It will cut down on time spent making the cards and allow me to just play with the card design without the feeling of OMG I NEED TO SEND A THANK YOU CARD RIGHT NOW pressure.
These are the first four card bases I made. I used my Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress (I bought the starter kit a couple of years ago. I would link for you, but the Lifestyle Crafts page seems to be down right now) with the single, A2 Size pieces of card stock that came with it. I trimmed them down so they where a 1/4 inch smaller one all sides that the A2 sized card I would be adhering them to. I picked out 4 printing plates, and ran them through my BigKick, (you can use most any manual cutter with the Letterpress Starter kit).
After allowing them to dry, I simply glued them on to the card, added some ribbon and a journaling card. The journaling cards are from Pink Paislee Hope Chest and Cottage Farms Lines. And thats it. I am leaving them unfinished like this so I can choose what sentiments to put on as the need arises.
I also made a little card holder with my Silhouette. It's made from the Card Holder cut file from Lori Whitlock. (I decided not to make the sleeve right now.) I got the cut file from the Silhouette Online Store, but you can get it directly from her shop if you have a different electronic cutter. I used regular black card stock and Stampin' Up's Rockabilly papers. They came out sometime in 2009 (I think?). I was recently given a TON of Stampin' Up stuff for free, and this was one of the paper packs in it. I love love love the papers. So super cute and retro. You will even see some earrings they inspired this week!
I hope this inspired you to get in your craft room and make something. Any tips you have for making cards? I would love to hear them!