Crafting Cards

With Valentines day around the corner, I thought I would share a quick post about crafting cards.

I used to spend hours making cards by hand (yes, cutting the various layers of paper, finding the perfect embellishments, adding sparkles etc.) and everyone loved them, but I found that I just couldn’t keep up – especially around the holidays. So I started buying cards (at the dollar store) and jazzing them up!

What exactly do I mean by ‘jazzing”? Well, you can find some pretty cute cards for $1 and with just a few supplies (also all from the dollar store) you can really turn it into something special, for a super reasonable price!

Supplies Needed:

  • Card of your choice
  • Modge-Podge (or white glue)
  • Toothpicks
  • Sparkles
  • 2 pieces of plain paper (for catching your sparkles)
  • Embellishments of your choice (jewels, ribbon etc.)
  • Other (scissors, hot glue gun, lighter – to seal ribbon edges)

Supplies

Here are the steps for one I did for a (gender neutral) baby shower.

Before:

Before

  • First, lay your card on top of one piece of scrap paper.
  • Then using a toothpick, dipping the very tip into the modge-podge, trace over the desired area (I traced over the words “First Baby”).
  • Next, very generously cover the area with your sparkles (don’t worry we will save the extra)

covered in sparkles

  • Then turn and tap the card onto the scrap paper so all the extra sparkles spill onto the paper. The sparkles really stick to the glue well; you might just want to give the card a light ‘blow’.

ooohhh, ahhhh

  •  To save your extra sparkles, place your sparkle container on the second piece of scrap paper.
  • Lightly fold the paper with the extra sparkles, and pour the extra back into your container. I make sure to put my container on the other piece of paper in case I miss or spill when pouring, because I can just do it again from that paper.

 saving sparkles

But of course I didn’t stop there… Using a hot glue gun, some ribbon and gems, I also added a bow on the giraffe’s neck.

Voila:

 look how cute that is! 

And here are a few more I did…. For a friend’s birthday, and what got me started on this whole thing… Valentines day 🙂

more cards!

happy birthday

valentines 2014