It occurred to me that I used to use my computer a lot more to make cards than I do now. In fact I used it a lot to personalise cards. A few examples are shown below.
The first card is one I made for a friend's parents for their Diamond Wedding anniversary. I didn't have any suitable stamps - so I played around on my computer with fonts and layout, until we settled on the design shown. The photo is of her parents - I scanned the original onto my PC and then played with it in Photoshop and made this lovely vignette!! The little diamonds were found in clip art somewhere on the computer, but they worked, so we added them. I completed the card by added gems to the diamonds and mounting the picture on silver mirri card and some lovely mulberry paper. The other card was super quick and easy to make - I found some lovely baby photos from Microsoft clip art, made them all the same size and put them in boxes. I added some text in a nice contemporary font and then printed onto ink jet acetate. Attached the acetate with brads and added a ribbon.
I thought I'd have a go at making a card completely on the PC!! And then I remembered why it's been a while since I last made cards like this!!! I spent the whole of yesterday afternoon messing about with positioning, fonts - getting Word to do what I wanted it to do. This card is CASEd entirely from Susan and Viv - both beautiful cards ladies and gave me the idea to play!!
The card is printed onto fairly lightweight card (my printer doesn't much like card). I loved the post stamp idea that Susan used in her card, so I decided to play with that - I made a table (following her instructions) and settled for a block of four. Rather than stamp an image, I thought I'd use a digi - so the flower is a simple daisy by Pink Petticoat. I added text boxes above and below the table and hunted for a suitable quote - fonts used are cambria (12pt) and Civitype FG (36pt). I spent ages trying to decide which fonts worked best and what colour to use on the word "spring". The design layout is all Viv's - thanks!! I coloured the images with Twinkling H2Os - French Lilac, and added colour to the stems with a Sakura Stardust pen in green!
I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out, the positioning needs a bit of work and I think the fonts could be a bit bigger, but it took such a long time and the amount of scrap paper in my bin was amazing!! What I've learned from this exercise is that Chrissie is a genius!! And that I need a printer that handles a heavier weight card. I like the idea of making cards like this - I think I need to build up some templates which can be adapted to suit different occasions.
Now, I'm off to look at some more cards on the LIM blog site, and then play in my craft room and come back with a Spring card that I've stamped and coloured!! Back later.
Good layout Deborah
I think you have probably scanned your card, its a shame it bleaches view we have
Like the mixed font, particualrly the introduction of the lilac in the black
Thanks for joining us again Deborah and for all the comments you leave everyone
"Less is More"
What a pretty card, I may even have a go of this myself, thanks for the advice on my blog, much appreciated.
Love the little card you made for Ewan Deborah, and the Spring card is sweet, lovey idea
Pretty card, love the lilac tones! You've reminded me why I rarely use the PC for crafting though - I can spend literally hours choosing fonts! A wild garlic stamp would, by the way, be fabulous - I love wild garlic!
Deborah, I think your postage stamp card came out really pretty! It does take a bit of practice, but when I finally get a layout that I like, I always save it to my computer for future use. THe idea with the photos on the cards above is super creative...gotta remember that idea too!
Hi Deborah, very elegant card. Love the layout and the pretty flowers.
Love the pretty card and the wording. Like you my printer won't take thick card.
You have no idea how delighted I am to read this post Deborah, it's evidence of the community that is just beginning between the participants in our challenges.
The sharing of ideas and techniques, the development of skills and abilities is something we had only dreamed of. It is exactly what we wanted this blog to be about!I'm glad you are stretching your boundaries even if you're filling your waste bin in the process.
Thank you so much.
As Mandi said, your card would have looked more vibrant had it been photographed rather than scanned, but it looks great nevertheless. If I were to be really picky, I would have had the image a tad larger.. but that's just nit-picking!
Thanks for being part of this great group.
"Less is More"
A really pretty spring card.
A brilliant card - something I plan to try at some stage but like you say crafting on the computer always seems to eat away the time
I love this card, simple and stylish. Thanks for the info re the type of print you used.
Lovely cards Deborah, I do like the stamp idea.
Excellent card, You've given me some inpsiration, I must investigate this technique.
Thanks for sharing
Amazing that this is possible but with no printer & my track record I'm going to have to stick to the old inks & stamps. I think this is a completely different world from anything I could have imagined - the digital crafting I mean.
love the sentiment on this - and its a great card
I must admit I'm not as patient at fiddling around on the computer and get frustrated quickly but you've shown it's worth the effort. Great idea to keep templates for future playing too. No point reinventing the wheel each time! x
This is really pretty Deborah and I love the sentiment. I used to do a lot on the computer but that was before I discovered stamping, must try again, but I know I'd get really impatient if it took me ages to do!!
Such a pretty elegant card, Deborah! I think you did a fab job!
Both cards are gorgeous Deb but the Diamond Wedding Anniversary card is definitely my favortie. A brilliant idea to scan an old wedding picture and you "framed" it gorgeous! I love the subtle stars and gems; fabulous!
This is just gorgeous. Great job.
I do like a grid layout! And I love the optimistic sentiment!
Very pretty CAS card.
Love your card and the layout is super. well done.
Good luck in the challenge.
This is a lovely card Deborah, I too really liked the 'stamp' idea. It always takes me ages to make a card (I'm a bit of a perfectionist!) but I think it always pays off.
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