A banner. I honestly have never made one in my life. Haha! I have always got store-bought ones in the past. Just recently though, my colleague, Shah requested that I do one for her friend’s bridal shower.
I had tried browsing through PinInterest for ideas. Most of them were all two or one coloured themed. Unfortunately for me, my paper stocks are all mixed and I do not have enough materials of the same colours. Moreover, each alphabet will use up at least one paper. I had to count my cardstocks properly before actually deciding to do the project. The best I could do was a 3 coloured-theme; pink, blue and green. Not lesser than that. Hence the reason it had to end up looking colourful.
All the alphabets and scalloped shapes were cut using my Cricut machine. Had to play around with the blade and pressure dials as I was using different cardstocks of different thickness.
The main layer measures up to 9”, whereas the alphabets itself measures at 4.5” each. I had used eyelets for the holes to hold the strings. Took me a while to learn how to use my crocodile punch, since I seldom use it. Ha!
Another hand-made card by yours truly. This one is for my colleague, Jun Yan, who celebrated her 29th birthday on the 29th March 2017.
This time round I played around with the colour palette. Didn’t actually stick to just one shade. I saw that lavender and light green went quite well together and went straight to it. The card itself measures at 14.7 cm by 13.9 cm.
I love that lace. It’s so furry. Haha! I thought the placement of just the lace gave the whole card kind of a shabby chic look. The purple paper flowers came from the same set from Kaiser Craft. There’s also a small butterfly there punched from the same green cardstock I used for my main card body… and of course! My signature 3 pearls.
I had contemplated how the sentiment would be. Initially I wanted to place it on the top, but felt that I would have overcrowded the whole top portion. Hence, I ended up putting it on the bottom right corner. Just used a sponge tape to make the whole strip pop up. Finished it up with a stringed purple button.
I’ve been making several greeting cards in the past years, and most of them are 3-dimensional and rather bulky. So far, I have always only used normal envelopes to send them to my recipients. All thanks to my envelope maker from ‘We R Memory Keepers’.
I have just only recently discovered that the makers have actually developed a mobile app for owners of this device. It’s quite a nifty app. It gives you the freedom of actually using your card’s exact measurements, rather than strictly following the provided chart that has limited measurements.
But coming back to ‘bulky’ greeting cards, inserting them to a normal envelope can result in an ugly looking piece of shit. So I did my researching on YouTube and Google. I was aware first-hand that some crafters make envelope boxes for their crafty cards, but I found it rather troublesome having to do the math myself. Besides, they did their own manual scoring using… stuff.
Eventually, I ended up on a video in which they used the same envelope maker that I have to make these box envelopes. But they had to do their own math! Which of course I try to avoid. After thorough googling, I landed on this webpage in which they did the maths for you. A measurement generator – the Box Buster.
It’s a life saver! I seriously hope this website will be up forever. Haha! I tried making one for a greeting card I’m working on currently. I easily scored my cardstock and voila! It ended up as an envelope box and my 3D greeting card could easily fit in without having my flowers and embellishments on it squashed.
Though I have to point out that there may be a slight confusion on which is the depth, height and width. I had assumed by ‘depth’, they meant the thickness of the box I wanted. But no! Their depth is actually the width of my card, width is actually the height, and height is actually the depth. Haha! Oh well! As long as it works, I’m not complaining… Though I did tweeted to ‘We R Memory Keepers’ to enhance their app to incorporate the making of these envelope boxes.
Cannot believe my last 12 by 12 piece was back in November last year. Goodness me! Anyways, I’m back to doing these pages, and this time it’s of Manish Goplani and Jigyasa Singh again. My current favourite pair of actors. Again, these pictures were from their previous show together, CHORE TERA GAON BADA PYARA.
I used Pencil Lines’ Sketch 74 by Kerry Lynn Yeary and Jolene Pienaar. The sketch has asked for a second layered scalloped background which I didn’t follow. I have used a pre-printed 12 by 12 paper by Prima, in which they have those beautiful birds and nests designs.
My 3 signature pearly dots. Can’t go without them. And ‘ManYasa’; it’s their fan-made couple name. Initially I had contemplated to use my light blue felt alphabets, but ended up with these light brown ones. Also, as usual, I have edged both the photos with chalk-ink to give them that ‘aged’ look.
I’ve recently learnt a new technique (courtesy of YouTube). I learnt how to distress paper edges. The most cost efficient way to do it – with a scissors.
Yes… My ‘dump-your-lot-to-one-side’ technique. Though I think I never overdo it much this time. Most of the stuff were from the stickers my colleague gave me last week. Well… I tried to not overdo it as the main 12 by 12 paper is already quite jam-packed.
The original last layer of this 3D sticker was that of a chipboard pink flower. I detached it and replaced it with my ribbon rose from Daiso.
A simple poem about friendship that I copied off Google. Too bad there were no credits, so I can’t acknowledge whoever wrote it. As for the title, I didn’t want it to be 3D. So I stayed away from my chipboard and felt alphabet sets. Just plain paper alphabet stickers will do for this page.
I feel quite blessed to actually have colleagues who are into crafts as much as I am. If not more. Today, early in the morning, I received quite a surprise from one of them, Koh Shiuan. She gave me these sets of vintage die-cuts below.
She told me she went to a pop-up shop at the rooftop of City Square Mall, in which they sell these sets at 3 for $1. I could hardly believe her. Most of the time one set like these could cost up to $7. Then again, these are not that well-known of a brand. It’s by Eno Greeting.
Really like them though. Honestly. Thanks again, Koh Shiuan! I love vintage design stuff.
Another gift segment that I have contributed. This time for the actor, Manish Goplani’s 24th birthday which fell on 19th November. Knowing he’ll be getting many gifts from his fans, I decided to just join in the fun. Unfortunately circumstances that they are, he only received this late December… that be in an unscrambled box due to the custom checks. Haiz! So anyways, here’s the greeting card that I’d designed to go along with the gift I gave him.
I don’t know if the whole card ended up way too girly, but I no longer give a rat’s ass! My creative juices were in limited stock. I was suffering from a massive art block.
The cardstocks were simply adorned with a lace ribbon and striped string. And I know that ‘Made For You’ ornament might be a wee bit cheesy for a guy’s card. But meh! I have too many of those. Got them from my Malaysia trip.
Honestly, I had wanted to put the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment on the card, but feared that it will then look way too generic. Hence to make it more personal, I decided to just place his name. And if you can notice, I actually sewed the cards together using simple seams. And of course, pearly dots to cover the plain canvas.
Of course being the Chibi doodler that I am, I had to draw Manish on the card’s insert. Coloured it using Copic markers. Luckily the thin blue paper that I used for the insert handled the ink quite well. I had so much doubts that it wouldn’t. I had scanned the drawing using my office’s laser copier. Hence the quality may seem suck. You can see it at my DeviantArt page. As for how I stick the insert in the card, I sewed it in too. Alas the whole insert dropped out. Seriously have no idea how Indian customs handle people’s parcels. *smh*
Oh yes! The gift. I gave him an iPhone 7, gold coloured of 256GB. You can see the video of him opening the gift here… Gosh! So sicked at how the gift ended up in his hands. I’d wrapped the bloody thing in its mint packed condition so nicely!
As usual, I always prefer making my own greeting cards. So if you see me giving someone a bought or printed card, that just simply means I have no time in my hand.
A self-made envelope to go with. Heh! One thing about crafty greeting cards is that they can never be sealed properly in an envelope. No matter what you do, it will always be bulgy. Oh yeah, the card stands at 17.2 cm by 15.2 cm.
The flower used here was one of the hand-made flowers my colleague, Jun Yan gave me. I just simply sewed on a button atop it to finish the look. Unfortunately it couldn’t stay perfectly in the middle of the paper dolly as I had it sewed onto the card, instead of gluing it on. The lace there is actually two strips glued together, so it looked like it’s a lace by itself.
The birthday sentiment is a clear stamp by Stampendous. I was doubtful about using the white chalk-ink. The picture above is not actually the final product. I had eventually touched up the stamp with my white marker after snapping the pictures for this blog. And oh yeah, if you’d noticed, I had sewed along the whole card. I really love the effect. If only doing it is not time-consuming.