Tuesday, 27 August 2013

DIY Tutorial: 10 Minute Card

When it comes to cards I'm really fussy. It has to be the right card for the right person or I won't buy one just for the sake of buying one. When it comes to buying a card for the men in my life, I am often at a loss. They don't like golf, football or cricket and there's only so many cards you can buy with a bottle of beer on before it gets boring.

So if you want to know how I made this really quick and easy card then follow the instructions below!


Things you will need:

1. A cutting board or something to lean on when you are cutting and sticking
2. A selection of paper and card ( It's up to you what you use but I like plain white card for this)
3. A card decorating set (available at all good craft and stationary stores for as cheap as 99p)
4. Glue - Prit stick or PVA will do
5. Good scissors, pens, pencils and a good rubber for when you make a mistake!


 Sizing your card

Firstly you need to decide what size and shape you want your card to be. I picked a square card because they tend to be my favourite but you can be more imaginative if you like or chose a shape that goes with the theme of your stickers.

 Tip: To avoid spending more money, chose your size and shape based on an envelope you already have. Everyone has an odd envelope lying around!



Layout

The stickers that I have got and recommend usually come on a backing so don't be tempted to peel them off too soon. Cut carefully around each shape so they are still attached to the backing. Now you can play with the layout and design of your shapes as many times as you want until you are happy.


When you're happy with your layout, stick them down! Although they already have little sticky pads on them (or double sided tape) you might want to stick down any lose ends with your glue to stop anything bending or breaking.

Writing

If you're a dab hand at calligraphy and great fonts then skip ahead! If you're like me though and often think 'I can't write like that!' then I'll show you a really easy font which I think looks pretty good!

Step 1: Draw a basic outline of a  letter.
Step 2: Decide which way you want your shadow, In this case I have taken it to the right of the letter.
Step 3: Join your horizontal shadow lines with vertical
Done!

A bit of practice with tricky letters such as G, B, D etc and you are ready to write the front of your card.

Tip: If you really don't want to free hand it, I suggest you type out your greeting onto a programme like Word or Photoshop and trace the letters off the screen. Be careful to get it the right way around when you are tracing it though! You can get some great free fonts online; www.dafont.com is particularly good.




Usually I colour the shadows in in black but you can leave them as line drawings or colour them in different colours etc it's up to you and how you want your card to look.



And there you go...finished! I hope you're pleased with your finished product and the reciepent likes it too. Remember, you can use this idea and  develop it further until you feel really confident with making those cards that are tricky to find. I'll be posting more handmade card tutorials so keep checking back for more!

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