Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Easy to Do it Valentine’s Day A4 Card

If you are tired of buying readymade conventional card for your love one, you can choose to do your own do it yourself Valentine’s Day card. Creating your own personalize card is that hard as many people think. There are few and easy to follow steps that you can do to be able to create memorable and unique Valentine’s card. This article will show you how you can create a nice card that will not take much of your time. Here are several supplies that you need:

· Red or white cardstock paper

· Glue stick

· Scissor

· Punch hole of any shape but preferably heart shape too

· Used cards

· Glitter

· Rubber stamps

· Foam paper

· Ink of any colour

· Red and white ribbon

· Valentine scrapbooking paper

· Family pictures

· A4 card

Upon learning all the materials needed you may now start making your own Valentine’s Day card, you have to gather all of these materials right before you start.

1. Gather all the decorations- before you glue all the decorations on your card. You have to gather all decoration and do some layout on your A4 card. There are heart shape punch hole that you can buy on the market and you can make use of this punch heart shape hole on the card to be able to create more heart d├ęcor. You can use glitters with Elmer’s glue. All you have to do is to sprinkle all the heart shape together with glitters. You can also use ribbon to tie small bows. You can use red for the ribbons of your card and you can also blend it with some other colour such as white.

2. Right wording- no matter how beautiful your card turns out, it will lose its purpose, if you will not construct the right wordings or messages for your love one. It’s better if you will create your own messages coming from your innermost thought. You may also copy inspiring and sweet messages in the internet. You can make use of scrapbooking paper for your messages. You may now start printing using your computer or you can write it down on your A4 card.

3. Layout- you must plan the layout of the entire A4 card. It is important to determine which decoration will look best on the outside and on the inside. If you have a photo of you and your love one, you can also choose add photos together. You may cut your picture into heart shape to make it look more romantic. On the top of the card, you have to put on some adhesive to combine all of them including the bow; you can be unique using your own ideas. You can create variations using the ribbon to be able to show some creative and to make the card look extra special. You can put your personal messages for your love or you compose your own poem if you chose to be more romantic inside the card. You have an option there where you want to place your wordings.

Be careful not to overdo your decorations, because too much decoration may not look good.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ways to Make Candy Gift Box Crafts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is one of the most special event because the hard work of mothers are truly incomparable and will remain unpaid no matter how hard you try to pay them back. One way to say thank you to your dear moms is to make them a special hand crafted material which they can keep for the rest of their lives. Candy gift box crafts are one of the most common one which is very easy to make too. You can ask your siblings to help you out in making the candy box just make sure you guide them accordingly since you will be using risky materials such as glue and scissors.

A candy gift box can be used for different types of occasions. It is also a nice idea for a birthday gift, baby shower, party favour and even just a simple token of appreciation. You don’t have to worry because the candy box is very easy to make and all materials you will need can be easily found from local shops. You will only need few simple things aside from the sweets you need to put inside the box. Here are some simple ways to make candy gift box craft at home:

1. You need to start by measuring and cutting the card stock to come up with an 8.5 by 5.5 inch sheet of paper. Set aside the scrap and place your card stock to represent the width. The pattern on the card stick should be facing you.

2. Get a ruler and measure the inches of the card from left to right. Make a park on the card stick, draw lines from top to bottom. Don’t make your pencil marks too dark because it will ruin the card stock.

3. Mark your card stick 2 inches from the left side. The line should cross the four lines you previously measured and marked.

4. Using a cutter, cut the card stock on each of the 4 vertical scores from bottom of the sheet up to the horizontal line.

5. Next step will be folding, gluing and filling

6. Fold the card stock along each of the scores, both the length and width. Fold in only one direction than folding back and forth on each score.

7. Flip card so the pattern will be away from you. The missing flap should be on the lower left side.

8. Bend on the flap towards you and place adhesives.

Now you are done with the candy gift box crafts for your mom, what you need to do is to shop for candies and sweets she loves to munch and put it inside the box. It can be a challenging task to look for your mom’s favourite candies and chocolates or crackers. It will be nice to ask your dad too if he knows something your mom loves to eat. For sure he can help you with this concern. Crafting is truly a nice and memorable activity both for kids and for parents. Always make it a point to share precious activities with kids because they will be able to learn a lot from it.

Good Smell Crafts Makes Your Life Happy

Potpourri crafts are such a wonderful way to make the environment inside your home smell good and spiced. You can also save money by making your own air freshener in the presence of a homemade potpourri. The fact that you can also give it away as a gift is such a nice and interesting idea that drives the interest of many people in trying it out. Making your own potpourri can be easy and fun. You can do it on your own through simple materials at home. All you need to do is to find a nice container or canister where you can put the entire potpourri.

These crafts are commonly composed of lavender buds, dried botanicals with fragrant oils. Any craft store will carry a selection of dried botanicals you can use along with fragrant oils. You can use potpourri oil, scented candles, and soap or if you want to be unique, you can also use dried fruits for your potpourri. There are simple ways to make dried fruits for a fragrant potpourri, here’s how:

1. Fruit preparation

Cut orange and lemon peelings into small pieces and place each piece onto the cookie sheet. You need to cut the apple, peaches and pear into the desired slice you wish to have. Put them onto the cookie sheet. Arrange them into your desired arrangement and make sure they are peeled and they don’t overlap each other.

2. The drying process

You need to set your oven to 250 degrees and place the cookie sheet with the fruit pieces and peelings inside. Leave them for 2 hours until they dried up. But you need to check on them every 30 minutes to make sure they doesn’t cook instead they just dried up.

3. Creating Potpourri

Place the fruits inside a resealable bag. Add a tbsp. of salt and one tsp. of sweet smelling spices you prefer. Close the bag and shake well. Set it aside overnight. Put it on your preferred canister or jar and enjoy the smell of the flavour you have chosen.

Now that you have your home made potpourri, you can now make your homemade canister or jar. There are lots of materials you can find at home which you can still use as a canister for your fruit potpourri. You can also make one out of carton scraps. This is also a nice gift to someone special especially if you don’t have enough money for it. Homemade crafts are one of the best ways to show your love and care to someone special. Giving gifts doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend thousands of dollars. All you need to do is just to make something out of used things inside your home. Flowers inside your garden can also be a nice potpourri idea; they can be any of the following:

• Rose
• Pine
• Lavender
• Chamomile

You can use these fresh botanical plants to accent your potpourri and still you need to choose a perfume that goes along with the items inside the canister.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Photo Wedding Cards

Art helps us release the creativity inside us. There are lots of techniques that we learn and develop each time we make some artwork or crafts. Just like in wedding cards, there are lots of different methods of creating card. Some are formal or informal, traditional or non-traditional, and many more types that can be done according to our decision and what we like. There are also a lot of shops that offer their services in creating wedding cards. What they usually offer are customized or personalized wedding cards which is really famous in the world of wedding. People like to see their own ideas and design being used in their wedding items, that is why many shops who does customization are just popping out everywhere.

The beauty of personalized wedding cards is that every friend, relative and family or whoever that will receive the card will immediately know that the card came from you. Your personal touch will be there, so they knew just by looking at it that it was your card. A great idea on how to make it really look more personal is by the use of photos in the wedding cards either as a background or the main accent in the wedding cards. There will be a romantic feel when you see the photos of two lovely and sweet couple in front of the wedding cards. Actually, one of our goals in making cards is that it must inspire people and they should feel the love and care that the couple has for each other. One thing you must do and remember is to set an appointment with a photographer way before you plan for the wedding cards. You will spend most of your time deciding on what picture to choose and will be put to the card. Make sure that you pick the most romantic shot and you can also ask someone to add some effects or to edit the photo to make it more sweet and attractive.

The wedding cards must reflect the happiness of the couple and by using some pictures or photos we can surely send that message to other people. It will be such a nice scene if we see lots of people getting twitter-patted when they see the wedding cards you worked hard for. It will be very nice to keep the wedding cards as part of the memories of the wedding.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Stationary turned Invitation within Minutes

A wedding stationary with its many functions or uses makes it popular in the world of weddings. Many people spend their time looking for a perfect wedding stationary that they can use in their special day. The uses of it are not limited to place cards, gift tags, programs, guest lists and invitations. It depends upon your imagination on how you are going to use it. People are even studying the art of making invitations made of wedding stationary so they can use it for business or even for personal use. Making your own invitation is not that hard as long as you are patient and passionate to learn. It just involves some simple steps and tools to make one invitation. After you learn, you can definitely use your skill and learned talent in saving money for your own wedding.

It is possible to make an invitation within minutes. What you need are simple items and technology to help you have a head start in making some personalized invitations. The thing that you need to look first is the material you are going to use where you will write all the details of the wedding. A brilliant paper you can use for this is a wedding stationary because it already has a design and some also have a ready-made format in the paper. The beauty of a wedding stationary with its romantic theme or design makes it much easier for you to save time in thinking about what to design or what color to use as a background. It will save you not just time but also money. It is really easy to work with especially if you found something that was made of good quality material and great for printing. Next thing you need to do is find a sample of an invitation in the internet and just based your invitation to the format. Write all the details according to your wedding plans. You can surely find many samples in the internet with many different formats. You can pick one which you think is the best and suits you most. After typing in the details to your computer, double check it again for any errors. The last thing you need to do is find a place which offers printing services. Bring your wedding stationary and the file containing the typed data for the invitation. Then, after all those steps you already have a set of invitations. That is how you can create simple personalized invitations within minutes.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cardmaking using Cutouts

There are different types of design and style out there that are applied to cardmaking, such as rubber stamping, teabag folding, cross stitch, 3D Pop up cards and many more. Actually, there are no definite rules and limits in cardmaking. It depends upon your creativity and your supplies on how you are going to make your card. The final result of the card also lies on the materials you are going to use. The color, quality, and uniqueness depend on the materials and how you are going to develop those materials into something new or unique. Of course, the card may not be made out of fancy or expensive materials that are hard to find, especially if you are living in a town where cardmaking materials are not freely available just by going to the local market.

If finding the right materials for your cardmaking project is hard for you, because of the unavailability of sources in your area, then I fully suggest that we have to use our artistic talent in being resourceful. We have to make something fancy out of simple things, just like magic. Though, this time we don’t have to think of something crazy like appearing feathers out of nowhere or colored papers being mailed to us without actually ordering. No magic stuff like that, but what we have to do exactly, is to find magazines or old papers that can still be used for our cards. Pick the ones that are still in good condition and the quality of the paper is still there. By using our talent and creativity we can surely make these old magazines and newspapers into something artistic. We can cut a page which has a nice background or if you want, just grab a plain paper so you can do your designing freely. Using the letters in the magazines and newspapers, we can make the lettering out of it. We can also cut down some pictures or photos in the magazine and use it as a design to the card. Another great idea is to cut shapes from the magazines, these simple ways can actually make a brilliant card especially if it is just a hobby for children. If you are already experienced in the field of art, you can do complicated stuff like paper mache to make a more unique card. A person’s creativity can really make everything beautiful and fancy.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Perfect Message for a Wedding Card

The message that you will make for the wedding card is vital because it must translate the beauty and romance of the couple. Everyone must be touched by the wonderful feeling or emotion that comes along with this celebration. You can think of many ways to say or share your sweet message to the couple you are giving the card to. The words that you will use must affect the atmosphere and can move people. The meaning of the message will help the wedding be memorable for the married couple and by reading the wedding card, they can initially expect what you feel towards the wedding. They must immediately start to feel the excitement of the people for their special day.

There are many forms that you can use in making a wedding card. The style and design also matter but the message will really make the most impact to the people. Remember the important points that you must think while deciding about how you will do the message. Initially, your goal is to bring about the happiness that you feel regarding the love of the partners to one another. The couple must feel that you want this wedding to happen so badly and you are excited about it. Send your wishes and prayers along with the wedding card. Make them feel loved and supported by you in their future life as a partner. Wish them a great healthy relationship and a lifetime of love and happiness. This can help them to muster the courage in facing a new life which every couple are anxious about.

Lastly, the message that you are going to give must be constructed nicely so that the couple will feel that the wedding card was really done with effort and sincerity. You can add some sweet details to it so you can make it more personalized. A great way to make it look good is by adding a quote from a famous writer or by putting parts of a poetry along with your message. It will surely give an extra impact to your letter. Another great idea is to really transform your message into a poem which you personally made. I am sure anyone who will read it will also be touched because that will be a great way to show your sincerity and being thoughtful to your friend and his or her partner. Just remember, a wedding card must be made with love.