Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Zarah - October Afternoon Cards

by: Zarah S Peterson

White and brown Bazzill
October Afternoon papers, from the gorgeous Cherry Hill collection
Alphas from Mustard Moon
Flowers & leaves from Prima
Chipboard shapes from American Crafts. I've dressed them up with some Bazzil, OA-scraps and lots of 3d-glaze
Ribbon I got with my kit, as well as some lace & ribbon from my drawers
Scrappy Floss by Karen Foster
no name buttons and pins
Colured staplers
KaiserCrafts pearls & bling
A glitter heart from an alpabet by Making Memories
A brown Memory Marker-pen by American Crafts
A stamped arrow by American Crafts, the Thanks-set
Brown ink

Here's how they are made:
First, cut a piece of Bazzill unto 3 pieces. Two that are 6x8 (these should follow the paper's grain. You find out by slightly bending the paper. The way it bends easiest, is following the grain. That'll save you a lot of "broken" folds.) and one that is 12x4 (cut across the grains).
Fold them up into cards. If you decide to follow my example and make laying cards. you'll get two that open downwards and one that open in the side.

Now, cut the pattern paper into backgrounds. It's supposed to be slightly smaller than the card base, thus leaving a thin "frame" around the background.
After that,grab your scraps or cut up strips that will either run from the side (the very edge of the card) or a square/rectangle with the background showing around.
Add a ribbon to the lower side of the scrap piece. Staple it into place.

Embellish as desired and add a sentiment.
I've gone with real simple, no fuss sentiments like "Thank you", "Congrats", "Sorry", "Hugs" and "Coffee?".
(In Swedish, we say "Congrats" on birthdays as well so that's very handy!)
These papers and embellies, however, are amazing for puns like "You're the cherry on top", "Hello cupcake", "Apple of my eye" and so on. I'm sure you have lots more ideas! :)

Ps. If you run out of an essential black letter or two, like I did - just colour a brown one in with a black pen! Works like a charm. :)

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