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Over the last three weeks, these tutorials have shown you how to create a deck of cards to inspire you when your creativity has a day off. For the final instalment, lets use those last few scraps, to create a beautiful card to put with an Insire Me deck of cards as an ideal gift for the crafter who has everything.

You Will Need

  • The remaining cardstock left from Parts 1-3 measures 5 1/8 x 9″
  • Scor It Board
  • Steel ruler
  • Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scraps of decorative paers/card stock

 

Method

  • Score the card in half to create a base card
  • Decoarate using the papers/card stock of your choice
  • Add embellishments

 

Added Extras

If you have been crafting for a while but your friend hasn’t you might be best to fill in at least some of the cards to get them started. If you leave the cards blank for more experienced crafters make sure you add instructions for what kind of things to put on the cards, so they know what do do with them.

Do you craft in a group?

Weather your friends are close by or on line it might be fun to ask them to choose some themes and products. You can make a set of cards each or just one person make a set for the whole group. As described in Part 3, you can use these cards for just a starting point or to suggest a complete project.

 

Here is the card I created from the left overs. I added panels sprayed with Perfect Pearls in a mini mister to the white background. The side panel was inked using Adirondack ink and later embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I sanded the embossed area to bring back white card stock and add texture.

A card to inspire a creative friend

A card to inspire a creative friend

 

Links

Here are the links to earlier episodes in this tutorial series, in case you mised any of them;

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 

Thanks for joining me and I really would love to see how you use these cards and how they have helped you. Do leave me a comment and let me know how you have gotten on with this project. I don’t bite and your comments are really important to me as from them I discover what kind of things you do or don’t like about this blog.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In Part One you created a set of Blank Cards

In Part Two you created a storage box for the cards

Today you will add ideas to your cards to enable them to inspire you on days when your inspiration has wandered off. The first and  most important thing to bear in mind, is that this is Your Journey, these cards can be used for ANY kind of creative activity and will have different themes and topics relating to different styles of working. That said if I left you here without a few ideas you would feel cheated so…

For my own cards, this is what I did

I made a list of each of the following;

Products/Mediums;

Pigment ink, Dye Ink, Alcohol Ink, Water colour paint, Acrylic Paint, Pens, Pencils, Chalk

Surfaces;

Card, Paper, Stampboard, Wood, Metal, Plastic

Themes of stamps I have;

Birds, Floral, Text etc

Ideas for a finished piece;

Card, Tag, Page, Book, Box, Project (this is a free card you can create anything from this one)

Theme Ideas;

Season’s, Colours, Inspirational Words

 

Next Step

From this list I wrote an individual item on each card, continue until you run out of ideas, or cards.

So far I’ve found that by shuffling the cards you can pick out a few cards and create your own challenge. This can be as challenging as using just a single card, which might give you enough to inspire a whole idea. Or by picking several cards you can get;

  • A finished project
  • A medium to use on it
  • A surface to work on or include in the project
  • And a Theme to work to

I am considering the possibility of edging these different groups of cards with a different colour pen. That way I can shuffle the cards and choose to pick a particular area and still have the surprise of which one I get.

 

This is Your Journey

  • Taylor the themes and so on to reflect the kind of creative field you follow.
  • You could have a different pack of cards for each of the different areas of your style.
  • Don’t feel pressured to fill every card, this can be a continuing project that can be added to as you find new products and interests change.
  • All the ideas I offer on this blog are just to get you started. If you are just beginning feel free to follow what I do, or for the more advanced take these cards in your own direction.

Here are a few more ideas that you could use, for your cards, just to get you started :)

  • Layout Ideas
  • Colour Schemes
  • Inspirational Words
  • Products you Have
  • Products you want to try; if you picked that card it would give you a reason to purchase the item listed
  • Pick A Word; Either put words that have special meaning to you on your cards or just write ‘Pick A Word’ on a single card. If you get this one, open a dictionary at a random page and blind pick a word from that page.

 

Coming Up In Part Four

Part Four is all about Inspiring a Friend, in their creative journey.

 

Have fun with this and do let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear if you have made these and what you did with them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you ever sit down to create and find that ideas escape you. This month there will be a series of tutorials to create a deck of cards that will help you out when your inspiration has a day off. Each Friday for the rest of this month there will be another part to this tutorial.

There are minimul supplies needed for this project but it is VERY important that you keep together, any off cuts from each weeks episode, as they will be needed later in the project. I put mine in a clear wallet in a ring binder but as long as you don’t loose them, in a scrap pile with other card, you will be fine.

Today I will show you how to create the base cards for this project.

 

You Will Need

  • 3 sheets of 12 x12″ Card stock the same colour; either plain or with one side plain, as you will be writing on one side
  • Scor It board (or ruler and embossing tool)
  • Paper Trimmer (optional but easier)
  • Craft Knife
  • Steel Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Corner rounder (optional)

 

Method

  • Using a paper trimmer, cut each sheet of 12 x 12″ card stock to exactly measure 12 x 12″. Often they are different sizes and you will get a better finished result if you do this at the start. (Any off cuts from this step may be thrown out)
  • Cut two of your 12 x12″ carstock sheets into 3 x 12″ strips
  • Cut your 3 x 12″ strips into 3 x 2″ cards
  • On your remaining sheet cut off a 3 x 12″ strip 
  • Cut that 3 x 12″ strip into 3 x 2 ” cards

 

****Keep all the offcut card for later in this series****

 

Optional Extras

If you would prefer your cards to have rounded corners, use your corner rounder on all the cards to achieve this.

 

Here is a picture of the cards at this point.

Here are the cards created from Part One

Here are the cards created from Part One

 

Put the cards in a box and keep them safe for later in the tutorial. Please don’t be tempted to add any decoration, edging or inking yet.

 

Coming Up in Part Two

In the second part of this tutorial, I will show you how to create a box, in which to store your new deck of cards.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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