Saturday, January 7, 2012
Wrapping Paper Cards...
You see, Marie is the most giving and kind hearted soul. She cleans houses for elderly folks and also spends lots of time just listening to them and being a comfort. One of her ladies knew that Marie was meeting me for my birthday (this was last August) and that I love dolls. That sweet lady who doesn't even know me told Marie that she had some wrapping paper and went to get it. It was a roll of vintage wrapping paper with these amazing dolls all over it. How very thoughtful.
So when I met Marie for our get together and she told me the story I decided that I would make some cards with the paper. I made two sets...one for Marie and one for the lady who gave her the paper. I made each card different and sometimes added lace or paper doilies. I lined each envelope with pretty paper. Then I tied the sets with ribbon and gave them to Marie for herself and to pass along to her client.
This is such an easy way to use paper that would otherwise be thrown out. I like to crumple the paper and give it a real worn look with all the wrinkles and character. Wrapping paper works really well because it is lightweight and easy to work with. You can tear around the image for one look or cut around it for another version. If tearing...remember the paper torn off away from you will leave a clean edge and the paper torn off towards you will leave a white edge. That can also be part of the look for the finished cards. Try using tissue paper on cardstock. You can either buy blank cards and envelopes or you can cut card stock and use that for the cards. Envelopes are fun and easy to make from templates or just buy blank envelopes at the supply store.
Hmmm...gifts for birthdays, holidays or next Christmas. Make a few sets here and there and put them into that gift cupboard for just the right occassion.
P.S. It is always extra nice to stamp handmade on the backs of the cards. I don't date them from experience of misplacing them and finding them years later...not good to give an old dated card set that has no vintage value.
Do you make and give handmade cards? Do you premake cards and keep a supply on hand for all those occassions that pop up at the last minute?
Now I should do as I say and play in the studio making some card sets.
Joyful January 2012 to everyone...