You might remember my mentioning that Hubby had made up a couple of templates for my card making kit and I was looking forward to giving them a test drive.
Well, I’ve had some fun today and learned a couple of things.
The first is that it doesn’t pay to buy cheap paper or card as the cutting tool tends to snag and it tears, just where you don’t want it to or can’t hide it.
The second is that when using a handmade template like the above, it makes sense to use a new scalpel blade to cut out the shape.
So having come unstuck TWICE today, I have still managed to put something together, and not wasted anything, including the recycling of two cards from last year into new ones.
I made two cards using the ‘grid’, an idea of implying looking through a window.
The cards were two different sizes and shapes, and the black frame on the left was recycled from a triple card I had written but not sent (the other part of it is the ornamental bauble in the first picture). There’s a Santa on the inside making toys.
The one on the right was my original idea of cutting a hole in the card and then putting a prepared frame over it. I’d turned the grid 90º because it fitted better.
Two other ideas also came together quite well, using one of the ‘wheels’ I’d made up.
I bought some small serrated edged cards and had some diamantes left over that wouldn’t fit anywhere, so bordered two sides and added a gift tag.
I literally threw together some oddments and came up with these:
But the one that was most time-consuming was the lattice work, as I had a lot of diamonds to cut out and my scalpel wasn’t the sharpest in the box!
I’m quite pleased with this one though and will happily do some more.