Handmade cards in bulk : Cards for Quilting Swaps 

If you browse my posts or scroll my instagram you will soon discover I’m quite the swapaholic – sewing, quilting, bag making, paper, project life, cards, embellishments. If it’s crafty, I’ve probably swapped it! 

But my latest obsession is quilt block swaps. The idea is that you make two blocks, pop them in a card and post away. 

The card can be a postcard, or even just some folded paper. But if you like, it’s a great chance to play with designing a simple but eye catching card. 


This is the card I designed for my latest swap. It features stamping, diecuts and a premade embellishment. Throw in some double sided tape and you have a very quick card, easily made on mass. 

Supply list: 

  • AC Cardstock 5 x 7 inch cards and envelopes
  • Metallic cardboard
  • Project Lide 6×6 paper pad – confetti
  • 2 inch scallop punch
  • 2nd biggest circle die from Lawn Fawn small dotted circle stackables
  • Ali Edwards Craft story stamp
  • Heart, circle and flower stamps from various Lawn Fawn stamp sets
  • Oh Deer Mee felt stickers from Freckled Fawn
  • Glue
  • Double sided foam tape
  • Momento ink – black
  • Stamp block

Check out my photo tutorial to see how to make your own: 

1. Diecut the background circle

2. Punch out the feature scallop

3. Stick your feature embellishment to the centre of the scallop.

4.Mount your stamps in a circle slightly larger than the diecut

4. Stamp using black ink

5. Lay out your premade blank cards and make assesmbly style – stamp, stick circle with glue, mount scallop with double sided tape. 

Adding some dimension by using double sided foam tape gives a nice visual effect. However if your blocks are over 8 inches I’d recomend leaving out the tape to reduce bulk and keep your final card thickness under 20mm as required by Australia Post. 

And finally if you like, add a little stamping to jazz up the envelope.


A quick note on quilt block swaps:

 The benefits: 

  • Quick to make
  • Often have a quick turnaround of a month or so
  • Pretty cheap to post (since international letters cost $2.95 AU to post to USA & UK)
  • Less risk than other swaps – small time investment spread across multiple people

I’ve been mostly lucky in other craft and quilting swaps receiving some beautiful items made with care and skill. However, on a couple of occasions I’ve been burned too so if you are wary of the bigger swaps this option might just be for you. My tips : Keep an eye out for experienced swap hosts. Scroll their feed / previous swap hasttags and read comments to see if people were generally happy with their style.  And if you really want to protect yourself, some block swaps operate by sending your blocks to the organiser who then sorts and sends some back to you. This one only requires trust in your host so has the lowest risk (and usually the lowest cost!) 

Flying High….Stingrays on Kaisercraft

Inspired by the April Kaisercraft mood board, I pulled out a piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper from the Kaisercraft Paradiso Collection titled ‘Holiday’ that I have been hording for far too long. 

The colours and the imagery were perfect for this photograph of stingrays from my honeymoon in Port Macquarie. And since I didn’t want to cover up the paper, I settled quickly on a horizontal band layout. 

A thin strip of vellum helps differentiate the photo from the image. 

The photo is framed with a Becky Higgins cardstock frame from the Everyday collection. 

On top of it, the words discover and explore from the Kaisercraft wood florishes ‘nautical’ set draw the eye across the photo. I picked them up at a scrapbooking store in Port Macquarie during said honeymoon so using them on this particular layout adds a nice touch of nostalgia for me.

The embellishment clusters around the wood veneer are kept very simple, focusing on two punched scallops from a paper from Kaisercrafts sandy toes collection, which coordinates nicely with Paradiso.. 

Finally, white foam glitter alphas from American crafts form a title in the remaing space to the left of the photo. 

And with that the layout is done. 

I seriously like this paper so much I can’t even bring myself to cut off the branding strip! 

A charry charry quilt….for Aussie Hero Quilts

Today I’m sharing the quilt I made for Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags).

My first quilt for AHQs


AHQ is a wonderful organisation making quilts and laundry bags for Australian Defence personal. I highly recommend checking them out as they are a very friendly group and so well organised that it is very easy to volunteer. Plus, if a quilt is beyond you size or timewise, you can also make laundry bags or join in their block of the month program. 

 


The design

In terms of coming up with a design, I was aided by some guidelines provided by the person for whom the quilt was destined. The aim was a nautical quilt in grey, white and pastel blue and green. 

After a long stroll through pinterest, I stumbled across Popular Quilt’s 12 Nautical Quilt Block Patterns on etsy. They are individual foundation paper pieced patterns, which I was excited about as I really enjoy the precision provided by foundation paper piecing. At $21.99 I didn’t consider the price unreasonable, and the images within the blocks, I think, are lovely. However, I should have heeded a previous review which now seems to have been removed concerning problems with the lack of instructions. To be fair the listing does say “may not be ideal for beginners”. However, in my opinion this particular set of blocks is really only for the advanced fpp. I’ve made many foundation paper pieced patterns, some with tiny pieces and lots of angles (like when I made Tartakiwi’s zebra reduced at 60%), but the problem here is not one of complexity but rather the structure of the design of some blocks. 

For example the ship goes together very easily, and you don’t need instructions to understand that it is pieced basically as two halves and then joined together. It’s a great block and I’m very happy with how it turned out. However, something like the propellor was so impossible with multiple y seams and the like that I had to give up. In other blocks like the sailor head a little rearrangement in the sequence you add the fabric can salvage the process. Originally, I had planned on having the front of the quilt be six nautical quilt blocks, but with a deadline looming and frustration mounting I had to switch course. 

At this point I discovered FromBlankPages’ My First Alphabet also on etsy. This pattern is excellent. Detailed instructions and notes about potential problem areas means  it is both suitable for the absolute beginner and a quick but effective choice for those more advanced. 

Sewing blocks

I tweaked some details in the sailor and the ship blocks to better resemble the Australian Navy. On the sailor in particular I made the hat flat to better look like a Class 2 service cap.  I also added the white strip to the navy collar. It should be 3 stripes but there wasn’t room proportionately and at least one gives a nod to the official winter uniform for a junior sailor.

The crest on the bell and the silk (black ribbon with ship’s name) are both authentic. Sometimes it helps to have a sailor hubby! The numbers for the ship are just letter transfers from Spotlight.

The nautical blocks turn out at roughly 12 inches. I added strips in the same background material to expand the block to 16 inches. Then, because the quilt needed to be 42 inches wide I added a second round of borders in a contrasting colour and print. 
The other blocks each consisted of two rows of letters which finish at 3 inches tall. The beauty of these letters is that you can precut strips of roughly 3.5 x 1.25 inches and the piecing will go very quickly. Once the letters were joined,  three strips were added between the rows to make these blocks 22 x 24 wide also. 

Quilt construction

This was my first time making a Quilt As You Go quilt. I used Monica Poole’s method after seeing her demonstrate at the Intocraft show in Sydney. It worked very well. 

Some tips if you are new to quilt as you go: 

  • Have fun with the back of your quilt. Here I pieced 3 blocks in the style of the medal earned by sailors on this tour, and then used solid blocks in the same colours for the other three. This way I had some grace if the back wasn’t perfectly square.
  • Accuracy matters, so keep the squares smaller than your biggest ruler. It will make the triming easier!
  • Consider fusible fleece. AHQs have specific batting requirements but if you are new to this method it would help with the border measurements if your batting didn’t shift
  • Size matters. I strongly recommend not starting with the size I did, especially if you have a smaller machine like mine. Monica’s method makes it possible but with 22 inch blocks you end up have to man handle a lot of quilt through the tiny neck.

Keeping it real! The size comparison between my Brother NS55 and the quilt when almost done. And the aftermath of making this quilt

The final quilt

And finally a close up of the six pannels

Embellishing Frames – Inspired by Inkie Quill

It’s been quite a few months since I worked on my paper crafts – particularly project life consistently. The last time I was really inspired was last November when I purchased Inkie Quill’s “Get Kitted” class. But with the #100days challenge having started a couple of days ago I’m determined to get back in to all things paper, so for day 5 I am following “Project 07 – DIY Embellies – Frames”.

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To get the low down on how to make these you will need to buy Adele’s class. For those interested in Adele’s class, I highly recommend it.  It’s a great series of 30 videos. The lessons and projects are in the same vein as her youtube videos but with greater a greater focus on  how to achieve the pages/projects yourself. Plus there’s a lovely facebook group too of fellow inklets.

[I’m not in anyway affiliated with Adele (although I have met her in real life at a scrapbooking class!) but in the interests of full disclosure I did purchase the class with the benefit of the early bird discount AND the scrapstream discount so I didn’t pay the RRP]

What I will share here are the products I used and my end results

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Keeping it real – my scrapping space is also my work desk. Less cute, more functional!

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Starting point – Kaisercraft paper pad and assorted frames

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The embellishments I started with – all pulled at random from my stash

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And the end result!

Finally, here’s some close ups.

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Raining Diamonds 💎 the #electricdiamondpattern by @sariellastudios

Earlier in March I jumped at the call Sariella Studios put out on instagram for people to test their latest free paper piecing pattern – the Electric Diamond. I’ve previously made patterns by @lillyella (one half of Sariella) including her butterfly charms paper piecing patterns which make an excellent quick accent block.  The Electric Diamond pattern is made in collaboration with Libs Elliot and mimics the diamonds in her fabric collections.
The verdict : It’s a fun, effective block that no doubt will feature in many many mini quilt swaps! Definitely try it!

The detail: The pattern is very clear. The instructions are also clear. So if you are an advanced beginner at paper piecing you will have no trouble at all. The vital points align logically and can easily be double checked as you sew sections together.

If you are a total begineer to paper piecing this pattern is still a good one to try, just watch a couple of youtube videos to get yourself upto speed on how to paper piece. There are links in the pattern.  I’d recommend starting with the 6 inch block – in my opinion it’s easier to wrap your head around the angles without wasting too much fabric if you start small.

Here’s the three blocks I made:

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6 inch block – Libs Elliot ‘True Love’

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10 inch block – Emma Jean Jansen ‘Eureka’ and mixed solids

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Enlarged 12 inch block – Kona solids and Riley Blake Designs ‘British Invasion’

 

Tips and tricks 

1. Matching points are made with pins

My secret to getting particular points of the various sections to line up when you join them is to stab through both pieces with pins. Not fancy but effective. This allows you to see if the seams and points line up, you can readjust if necessary,  or if it’s right you are set to just sew. If you are worried, or the pins get in your way, wonderclips are an effective reinforcement.

My process for doing that looks something like this:

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2. Test out fabric combinations

The key to making this block pop is nailing the colour contrast between the variois sections. To help you, there are colour images on the pattern and there’s a template to colour in. Plus you can cruise the hasttag. But really what helps the most is taking a picture of your fabric choices and then reviewing to see if there is enough differentiation between your choices. Compare the following pictures – I think you will see that while the black diamond is cool it doesn’t pop as well as the other two because theres not sufficient gradient in the fabrics :

3.  Try directional paper piecing

Normally I am vehemently against directional fabrics in paper piecing. I’ve read a few rather unhelpful blogs, such that I still can’t get my head around the angles. And because I’m not keen on my seam ripper, life just seems so much easier without worrying about direction.

All of which was just fine until I got it into my head that I just had to use the crown fabric to surround the pink diamond.

Now, as you can see everything turned out ok.

 

In large part that is due to the fact in this pattern there are only two pieces that require you to add the directional background print on an angle – both are small and both are the last pieces of their respective blocks to be added ( all of which means this is a good block to practice on.)

In the end, what worked for me was setting up the fabric and the section both right side up; creasing both along the line to be sewn; drawing the angle of the line to be sewed onto the directional fabric and transferring this to the wrong side ; and finally flipping the fabric over and lining up that mark with the crease in the paper. Now that it’s a clear as mud that process looked something like this:

 

As I cautiously recommend trying directional prints, keep in mind the following :

  • Use a fabric that’s only directional in one way (ie not checks or tartan unless you are absolutely crazy!).
  • Be prepared to waste fabric (necessary to get the angles right without going crazy!).
  • Have your seam ripper nearby (if you want your fabric lined up, chances are you are crazy enough to be looking for something more than ‘close enough’).
  • Have a backup fabric that’s non directional – life is too short!

Now what? 

I turned my three diamonds into three very different but useful crafty projects.

The 6 inch #truelove diamond became the front panel of a Noodlehead Wide Open Pouch (size small). The lining is a cheeky quilting terms print, making this the perfect notions holder for an upcoming #2017igsecretpals gift exchange.


The 10 inch #eureka diamond I turned into a See Clearly Pouch (based on a size large, modified to 10 inches square). I’ve been afraid to work with vinyl but this pattern operated so smoothly! Again perfect for crafty swaps.

And finally the 12 inch #konasolids diamond became a feature front panel in my oversized Lined Drawstring Bag. It will hold knitting projects for me (oh the luxury of keeping a make!)

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To explain the perhaps somewhat unusual combination, this bag commemorates our trip to London in Jan 2016 where we got engaged.

 

It’s such a beautiful memory, I like the idea of thinking about it every time I pick up my needles.

 

 

Once Upon A Time…there was a princess Undercover Makers Mat

The Undercover Makers Mat is a free pattern by @lillyellasworld. It’s designed to sit under your sewing machine so the pockets at the front can be used for all those bits and pieces that tend to collect around the floor (or maybe they just live under my machine). And then, when you are done sewing there are ribbons on the sides that enable you to tie the mat over the machine to protect it. 

Pattern Review 

This pattern is very easy to read and understand.  You really can launch right in and you will be fine. Additionally, there are hundreds of makers mats on instagram (#undercovermakermat) showing a variety of colour choices and versions. But if you are still on the fence about making it, or just want some extra advice, I hope this helps.

Tips and tricks

  1. Fabric placement

The instructions for piecing together the front pocket are easy to follow and this is where you have a great range of choice to style the mat to your tastes. The only thing I would say is take some time to consider how the placement of your fabrics will be affected by the double layer of pockets and the size of the binding you choose. 

To explain, here is a close up picture of the pockets where I appliqued a EPP diamond to the centre of each of the back pocket pannel. Now it works with the diamonds half hidden and the buttons on top, but I should have moved the diamond up at least a quarter of an inch so that the princess could have been centred on the diamond. 

It’s just about cutting out your fabrics in the squares and rectangles as directed and then having a play. Remembering to note the seam allowances! 

2. Pocket size

I followed @lillyellasworld directions and sizes exactly. It gives a good range of pocket sizes. But again this is a spot where you could customise. I would recommend placing the mat under your machine and testing how far you would like it to hang down in relation to what tools you want it to hold.

I sew on  quite a tall table and so there’s plenty of hanging space. When I make it for myself, I am planning on adding a third row of pockets, with a skinny one for my rotary cutter which I manage to constantly loose under my machine. 

3. Binding size

I ended up using premade binding just for time saving reasons but this meant it was about an inch wider than recommended in the pattern. 

I actually like the wider binding as a frame, but do take into consideration that a wider binding will cover up the bottom and sides of the pockets more than intended. 

You can see here below, this meant that the transfers I used were caught in the edge of the binding. Not the end of the world but next time I’ll keep the wide binding and just shift the pocket placement up 1/2 an inch. 

4. Batting/wadding choice

I chose to use two layers of a very thin wadding that combined gave a nice puffy effect after some straight line stitching.

 Really, the thing that should govern your choice is the base of your machine and how it will sit on top of the layers. The excellent thing is that that is something you can experiment with before you even cut the fabrics. Just lay out the backing, wadding and  top fabric under your machine and see of it’s to your liking.

5.Quick and easy ties

Ribbon. The key to this step is ribbon. Looks stunning and it simplfies this step wonderfully! 


6. Creative touches

@lillyellasworld pattern calls for a paper pieced centre. Having made her butterfy charms pattern before I can highly recommend her paper pieced patterns. But this particular pattern is a great chance to go crazy with buttons and ribbons and other accents. And the thread bag that hangs on the side is another great place to personalise! 

Recommendation

In terms of recomendation, I will definitely be making another one just for me. I’m not sure there is a higher recommendation than that! 

Swap Love

The maker’s mat pictured here is one I made for a swap on instagram run by @amisterbaker. The theme of the swap was ‘Once upon a Time’ and my partner requested a princess theme, no dragons,  in colours of pink, reds and oranges. 

The base fabric of hearts is from Spotlight, the accent pockets are made from Tula Pink and the front pockets are cork. 

My fabric pull : 

The plan coming together : 

The final project : 

The package with a few fun extras : 

I’m still waiting on my package for this swap, so I’ll update with pictures once I’ve received it. Always fun to be expecting lovely post! 

A Wrong Way to Scrapbook…

I recently attended a craft show and took my husband with me. He’s the kind of husband who comes along shopping and is more than happy to hold bags, will weigh in on colour choices during paper selection, doesn’t mind that we haven’t seen the kitchen table since we moved in together (3 years ago) and can identify an Inky Quill video from the opening bars of the theme song… ok I’m gushing like the newlywed I am, but my point is he is very pro craft. 

So when I asked him to do the scrapbooking class with me he didn’t hesitate. He selected two pictures to print on my selphy at home. He paid his $10 and took a seat. 

The class was for Azza, which was billed as “a European style of scrapbooking”. 

We sat down interested in trying something new, and that’s about the point the wheels came off. 

Upon producing our photos we were told they were wrong. They were immediately dismissed and replaced with stock photos. Being selphy prints I understand they are not true 6×4 prints but when you see the final layout you can see, I believe, that  it would have been possible to work with them. Or at the very least, even if they wouldn’t have ‘worked’ in the sense of making the planned design look its best, the instructor could have explained the issue and given us the choice. It could have been an opportunity to learn about how this form of​ scrapbooking works. 

​Next, my husband was told to use the grid template to cut his photo into three.

As I understand it, that is the style of Azza. You use plastic templates to cut shapes out of photos and cardstock and then use the same template to stick everything down. 

When he was finished, and turned to the instructor for the next step, he was immediately met with the exclamation that he had done it ‘wrong’. That he had ‘cut the legs off the bird and that was just wrong.’ It can’t be like that and so it went on. 

Amended to avoid the offending cut legs

If you compare my finished layout (the flower) to his (the bird) in the picture below you will see that he hadn’t cut them off and discarded them. The feet would just have been in the lower third, just as the cut bud in my photo appears in the lower third. My husband had taken time lining up the template and was careful in his cutting. He hadn’t just slashed through the pictures willynilly.

But no, it wasn’t acceptable. He was given a new picture, told to do it again and this time to not cut the legs off.  

The completed Azza layouts

Now the irony is that it was their picture, positioned in the hole they directed us to use, and so to follow the template precisely there was no way to make it work without cutting through the legs!
The rest of the lesson continued in a similar vein. On my layout the sticking down of the green strips wasn’t considered straight enough so it was lifted and she re did it. A fact that annoyed me because to my eye it was straight. And you will notice my husband’s layout is missing the ‘feature’ stencilled card. That’s because he mucked up the stencilling too….

And that brings me to the point of this post. In the moment, how do you as the student/maker gently but firmly rebuff such statements? My husband and I didn’t. We silently agreed with a look to take the path of least resistance and so we sat there like naughty school children, did as we were told and left after having a not very  enjoyable hour. (Yes it took a full hour to make those layouts!!!)

But upon reflection, I wonder whether that was that really the best option. It meant we were unhappy, the lady and her store got no sales from us and now the next person will likely have a similar experience.
The woman teaching us was obviously a lovely lady who loves her craft. But she was also one who couldn’t see past her own version of perfection to enable someone else to learn the craft. And she was the one that was wrong. I strongly believe there is no wrong when it comes to arts and crafts. Only preferences. 

It’s a shame, because at this point I am turned right off Azza, even though I tried it because I already do a combination of traditional scrapbooking and project life and thought this might be a nice bridge between the two. 

At least we only lost $20 and an hour! 

If you scrap by Azza Id love to hear about your experiences. Leave me a comment below or tag me on social media.

Creating Intentions : OLW 2017

January prompt is finished, and it’s still January! 

While I purposefully made it a priority, it is still a bit of a shock to me that I actually finished. I think in part that’s due to having the kit which helped me keep the creative side focused. And, perhaps more importantly, when it came to coming up with answers I went with my first response, trying really hard not to over think or over analyse it. 

Having the month complete gives me something to flick through, to remind myself of my hopes and plans and intentions. Bring on February! 

On the crafty side, here’s a few tips and tricks based on what I created. 

Besides the kit elements, I pulled a few things from my stash mostly from my Daily December kits, Kikki K planner stickers and some project life elements (read the things sitting near the top of ny stash)

Coincidently  (or perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence at all) the word create featured in a quilt panel I created earlier this year for a round robin swap. So I printed a photo of it on my selphy, and found a Project Life everyday frame to centre it for my title page. Unfortunately the frame wasn’t quite the colour I wanted, so I used the paints from the the add on to the kit to match the album.

The card to write your word on had me stumped for a while. Ali’s words about feeling the pressure of writing on the kit cards rang true for me. My handwriting didn’t seem special enough. Thickers didn’t seem personal enough. But embracing the idea of creating new moments, I tried putting into practice my new hobby of calligraphy. 

For the quotation I wanted to try something a little different. After finding a lovely sentiment on pinterest it was just a matter of printing it on my selphy. I mounted it on a 6×8 print from a Ali Edwards daily december kit. I contemplated cutting out ‘quotation’ from the card but it didn’t seem to work. Instead I used the roller stamp from the kit and a banner from Kikki K to create a title of sorts. It works as a nice reminder to myself also. 

Quote doodle design by

Nikole Casassa

Real life 20 minute crafting

Real life crafting in the middle of a work day looks like this….

After a frustrating few hours working and the added fun of wedding planning related stress, quite frankly I’m done with today. And since it’s still too early to drink away my dramas, I decided to craft away the stress instead. (My mum and my liver are proud!) 

There’s a great group for fellow Aussie Project Lifers who swap embellished 3×4 cards. It’s the perfect quick project for when you want to do something crafty but aren’t able to dedicate hours to it. Each month you send Tara 6 cards you made  and you get back 6 different ones.  

The January theme is ‘Makes me smile’ 

Without over thinking it too much I rifled through my stash, and came up with the wooden frames and the woolies cards. Disney totally makes me smile, so my idea was born! 

And the bonus is that this project doubles as a stash buster since everything I used has been on my shelves for at least a year. 

Here’s a quick rundown of how I made my cards. If you get inspired to make some quick filler cards be sure to tag me on facebook or instagram!

Supplies

  • Amy tangerine ‘bits’ die cut wood frames 
  • Heidi swapp shine – hot pink
  • Glossy accents 
  • Gem stone stickers from The Reject Shop
  • Dear Lizzy ticket roll stickers
  • Woolworths movie stars projector cards
  • Strawberry edition project life cards

Step 1

I selected Project Life cards for speed. Plus on the back they say ‘the best belly laughs’ 😉 Sprayed on bulk with Heidi Shine

Step 2

Stick down the tickets

Step 3

Cut the Woolies cards to size and glue down with glossy accents. The cards are translucent and shiny so they add a nice focal point but you could use printed pictures, patterened papers or other ephemera

Step 4

Glue down the frames with glossy accents and then add the gems in colours the highlight the pictures


Finished

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