Guest Post From Ladybird Lab- Card Making

3 Feb

Today Mrs Blythin Makes comes to you via Ladybird Lab who are talking about handmade greetings cards.

I have never  attempted making cards before,  but having looked at their beautiful work I have been inspired to give it a go.

So without further ado I shall pass you into the more than capable hands of Ladybird Lab…..

Thank you to Hannah for giving us the opportunity to be a guest blogger.  The Mrs Blythin Makes blog has lots of great, inspirational ideas so it’s a real pleasure to have this opportunity to talk about card making.

As way of an introduction, our names are Tasneem and Alefiyah.  We are sisters who create handmade cakes, treats and cards in our Ladybird Lab – this is where all the creativity happens!  You may have seen us at The Creed Street Theatre, Old Wolverton Bath House flea markets and other local craft events.  We will be writing about card making in this guest post.

Making cards is easy, fun and can save you money.  It’s lovely to know that something you have created has brought a smile to someone’s face and as you can personalise your cards you can make the person receiving your card feel extra special!

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Here are a few simple steps to follow when making cards which may inspire some of you to give it a go:

  • Sketch some rough ideas of  how you want your card to look.  We always find this helps, it makes the task seem less daunting and gives you  an opportunity to really think about what the recipient would like.
  • Once your sketch is complete you need to research and decide on what images and techniques you want to use to create your cards.
  • Many shops now sell craft items for card making and a wide variety of items can be brought from your local craft store.  However, it’s always fun to try and recycle and re-use things you already have and that are readily available.
  • You can print out copyright free images, draw your own images or cut out designs from gift wrap and wall paper.
  • You can use beads,  sequins, stamps, textured paper, glitter, ribbons and stickers to enhance your creation.

Mixing different techniques and crafty items will make your card look and feel unique.  Don’t be afraid to try new techniques, a lot of them (such as stamping and creating dimensional effects) are really simple but look very effective.

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You can add a 3-dimensional feel to your card by adding form pads beneath layers to make them slightly raised.

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Don’t forget to keep old cards you have received – you can recycle and re-use parts from them to create new cards or you can do what we do and draw inspiration from lots of your favourite cards.

Don’t worry if some of your earlier attempts at making cards go wrong, as this is part of the learning and experimental process, and the good thing is, that these can always be recycled!

Feel free to have a look at the Ladybird Lab blog and Facebook page to see cards we have created in the Ladybird Lab and to look at some of the card techniques we have used:

http://ladybirdlab.wordpress.com/photos/cards/

We wish you many happy card making times!

Tasneem & Alefiyah – Ladybird Lab

http://ladybirdlab.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/LadybirdLab

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One Response to “Guest Post From Ladybird Lab- Card Making”

  1. Ladybird Lab February 4, 2014 at 6:39 am #

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