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December 14, 2010

Tuesday Take out: Cards turned ornaments

by heatherkp

This is a follow up to last week’s take out.  I left you with a short tutorial on how to make the snow globe holiday cards.  Below I’m sharing with you the final outcome of the cards and a couple of ideas for either turning them into ornaments or making them as ornaments.

I love to make cards every couple years but I hate the idea of these cards going into the garbage (even if most people do recycle).  A few years ago I created a line of cards (made with recycled paper) that I sold in stores.  The idea behind them was that they were small pieces of “collage art” that were made with recycled paper, found objects and bits and pieces of ephemera etc.  They were meant to be saved, framed and appreciated.  With that in mind I wanted these cards to do double duty as ornaments.

I’ve included instructions on the inside of these card so the recipients can choose to make ornaments out of them.  It’s really simple once the card or snow globe portion is made (see instructions here).

1. Cut out the ornament (Snow globe) shape as above.

2. Trace the shape onto another decorative paper.  Here I used recycled Christmas cards that I had received last year.  You could use photo’s, decorate the back side like the front or use plain paper.  You just want to give the ornament a little more weight.

3. Add a separate piece of solid paper for the base and glue the front and back together.

4. Punch a hole in the top, add a string or ribbon to hang from and put it on the tree!

Voila~An ornament!  If you make these please comment and leave me a link to your creations.  I’d love to see them!

December 7, 2010

Take Out Tuesday: Snow Globe Holiday Cards

by heatherkp

In today’s take out I’m sharing a behind the scene of my holiday cards this year.  Every other year I make all my cards, usually between 50-75 handmade cards so I try to keep it pretty simple.  I had the idea of making snow globes and here are 3 photo’s that illustrate how simple this project really is!  There are a lot of variations on this idea that would work so enjoy and make it your own.

What’s a snow globe without a snowman?  I didn’t have a snowman stamp and I didn’t feel like cutting out any more circles so I carved a quick snowman rubber stamp.  I keep a few blank rubber stamp bases around to use for these sort of projects.  The other tools include a pencil or pen to draw the image on, an xacto knife to cut the stamp down to size and to outline around the drawn image and linolium block carving tools to carve the block.  I start with the smallest tool and outline the image and move my way outward and use the larger size for the large blank areas.  Remember the image will be in reverse!  I once carved the word “celebrate” in a linoleum block only to realize half way through I didn’t reverse it, wow what a waste of time!

For the snow globes I cut circles a little smaller than my card base.  I am using a card that’s 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, the globes are 3″ diameter.  These backgrounds are can be anything from a plain solid color to magazine images, scrap booking paper or photo’s of your family or pets (that would be cute!).  For the base I kept it simple and cut out brown rectangles about 2 1/4″, then I folded them gently in half and cut a small angle on the ends to give them a wider base.  Simple!  Glue down the globe pieces first, then the bases and your ready to add images, embellish etc.

Once you assemble the basic globe have fun embellishing them.  Here I used my snowman stamp, added some words to the base, some sequins and beads and little fuzzy balls for the buttons.  I’m also making some with embossed images, glitter and whatever else I can come up with.  Have fun and if you make some cards like this I’d love to see them, please let me know!