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Hello Polaroid Greeting Cards

So part of the reason why I joined the #polaroidgreetingswap2 besides my swapaholic nature) was the chance to make a receive a cute card with the two tiny blocks. With 11 cards to make I wanted something that was both simple but eye catching. Hopefully my fellow team members think this fits the bill

In case you would like to make them too, here’s a short summary of what I did. 

 Materials:

  • White cards. I used a back of American Crafts cards with envelopes but you could easily make your own from white cardstock
  • Rectangular or circle dies – mine are from Lawn Fawn
  • Big Shot or equivalent
  • Versamark ink
  • Black embossing powder
  • Heating tool
  • Static pillow
  • Patterned paper – 6×6 pads are perfect for this, I used a selection from Project Life
  • Sentiment stamp – Handmade is from the Ali Edwards Craft stamp set
  • Stamp block
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors 
  • Glossy accents
  • Tiny embellishment – I used resin hearts from Corbett Creations
  • Assorted fabric scraps 

Step 1. Background

Cut your background shape (rectangle or circle or any other shape) using a piece of 6×6 patterned paper. Attach to your card base with double sided tape. 

Step 2. The envelope

Cut out your mini envelope. You are aiming for a base rectangle of approximately 4 cm wide and 3 cm tall, with side flaps of about 1cm wide and bottom and top flaps of 2cm. Once you have your basic cross shape, fold up the flaps and then shape them by cutting from the corners on a diagonal. I did this free hand but you can find templates on line if you prefer. 

Step 3. The ‘letter’

Trim your fabric scrap to fit inside your envelope. Remember you will only see the top half, so if there’s a particular part of the design you want to show, keep this in mind. Once I had the right side, I frayed the top and sides but pulling out strands of the cotton. 

Attach double sided tape to the flaps. Fold in the sides and then the base. 

Step 4. Salutations

Prepare the card base for stamping using your static tool. Since I’m using black embossing powder on white card stock this is essential. Using Versamark ink stamp your greeting and heat emboss. It won’t be perfect due to the textured nature of the AC card but that’s part of the ‘look’. 

Step 5. Embellish

Use more double sided tape to mount the envelope at a jaunty angle in the middle of the background shape. 

Finally, using glossy accents attach the resin heart. 

Here’s a few more examples of different colour combinations