Thursday, 12 June 2014

Making a flat card interesting.. Part 1

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I would talk about some of my ideas for creating flat cards that go through the post and don't cost you a fortune. But are still interesting to make and receive.

It's sad for us card makers but sending a beautifully crafted greetings card through the post is not only pretty expensive these days but the rough treatment they can receive on their journey can mean all our hard work is left in pieces in the envelope. I save all my fancy 'big' embellishments for cards I hand over these days, but that doesn't mean I don't bother much with the ones I send through the post.  You just have to think of ideas to make them flat but interesting!

This is a card I made a couple of days ago for Ians Sister Sandi.

I had to go through the post as we were not going to see her on the day so I decided that I would create something that was layered.  As Sandi is a girl, I went for the pinks and greens on the backing papers from the Fading Beauty collection.  I'd already decided that I was going to use a kraft tag that I'd bought a packet of recently, so I dug out a kraft base card.

Layering can come across a bit boring if you don't try to spice it up a bit. So, all the layers that I included I printed on thin white card. I inked around the edges of  each layer with a dried up black ink pad just to make them stand out a little from each other. I then scuffed them all up around all the edges using a file from a Basic Grey Precision file set I've had forever in my craft stash.

If you are interested in what this set is like and what you can do with it take a look at this video on the Basic Grey website

You could use a metal nail file if you have one that should work OK as well.  I scuffed/roughed up the edges to give some texture to the card but it didn't add to the weight or thickness.

You probably haven't noticed, but I then got to the layers with a circle punch..

If you don't have time to colour a digital stamp or other sort of topper, adding a tag as a topper can work well..

So, there are a couple of ideas from me for a 'flat' card to send in the post that hopefully the recipient wont feel flat about when they open it!

Do you have any little techniques that you use to make a flat card interesting?  Tell me about them in the comments I'd love to hear them.

Speak again soon,
Anice xx


  1. This is lovely Anice, I bet your sister in law will love the interest you've added with the inking,distressing and holes punched.I like to ink my edges too and a little bit of doodling or faux stitching all help.Hugs Debbie x

    1. You are very right Debbie. You don't need to have all the latest gadgets to make a card. Beginners just need some paper, glue, a black Sakura pen and an ink pad. Oh and just a little bit of thought! That always goes along way. :)


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