“Whenever I hear, ‘it can’t be done’, I know I’m close to success.”
Dear Fellow Crafters,
I often find myself getting bored with the same old 5″ x 6 1/2″ shaped card. Oh, there are lots of die cuts and papers out there to cover the size of the blank card but the shape gets boring after a while. So, one day I surfed the web to find out how to make shaped cards. The following are some ideas I found. Enjoy!
‘Til next time,
PS: see part 2 for more in-depth instructions.
Draw or sketch a shape onto your card base using the fold to your shape’s advantage, then cut out, making sure not to cut the fold. You can use clip cart, templates found on-line or rubber stamps. I have Rubbermaid round containers that are perfect for round cards. You can use an old CD also. Then I found that I could use my Sizzix die cut shapes – and I really ‘went to town’ with my larger frame sets and BigZ dies (old Jaloppy, Haunted House and Sleigh). Another suggestion is Stencils and Card Shapes by Paper Flair from Hot off the Press. These are really easy to use! Just trace and cut.
Hang your shape over the edge of the card, for example if your card base is 4.25” x 5.5”, cut your base down to 3” x 5.5” and allow your shape to hang over the 3” side.
Use an image/large stamp, adhere it to your card front, and cut around the shape.
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Dear Fellow Crafters,
There are lots of card designs out there, but if you are getting bored by the straight-edge cards try shaped ones. The following article may help you:
Dear Fellow Crafter,
The following is a piece written by a writer for my Journal Blog, “G”. It was written in 2011 and is entitled “My Favorite Pic of my Dad.”
I have been thinking a lot of my own Dad, now gone over twenty-five years. This piece is about my favorite picture of him.
My Dad, as I’ve mentioned in this forum many times, was a man of simple tastes and wants. Dad’s idea of a “fun time” on Saturday afternoon was tinkering around on his car and its’ engine. He just LOVED doing that. All Dad needed for complete happiness was a pack of Camels (unfiltered of course. No wonder I NEVER took up smoking) and a six-pack of Schaffer beer. (Do they still even make that anymore. Yes, I did take up beer drinking, but NEVER Schaffer!)
Anyway, one Saturday slightly before his death, I joined Dad, just to watch, because, as everyone knows, I have NO mechanical ability. He handed me one of the Schaffers, and told me to listen carefully. He then proceeded to give me a list of seven things which I either Must do, or must NEVER do after he died. I wrote them on the back of an oil filter box he was changing.
“I won’t tell you how to do these things, you’re far too intelligent for that, and can do that much better than I can, but you must understand that I want them done. You hear me mister?”
Now Dad only called me MISTER when giving an order that left no answer but yes
Dad nodded his head in satisfaction.
About the time we were done, Dads’ friend and neighbor Ernie came by. He had a new camera.
‘Take a picture of my son and me” Dad said.
Well, someone must have made some funny remark just as the camera went off. The picture shows Dad, all 5’9” of him, his already slight build made that much smaller because of the cancer that had been eating away at him for over a year, slightly bending over, his hands around my waist, mine over his shoulder, him howling with laughter.
Despite this “Mutt and Jeff” “Godzilla and the Midget” image, it is my favorite all time pic of me with my Dad.
After Dad died, I faithfully did each of the things he ordered, going down the list until I could check each one completed. He’d be pleased.
I have this feeling that after I die and get to the pearly gates, stand at attention in front of St Pete, salute, and say “Another Marine reporting Sir, I’ve already spent my time in hell!” He’s going to say:
“OK kid, come on in. Your Father is over there waiting for you.”
Then, as an aside, he’ll put his hand to the side of his face, and say:
“Look out! He still smokes Camels and drinks Schaffer!”
OK Dad, I’ll see you when I see you. Wait for me. BUT PLEEEESE, have something for me other than Schaffers!
Happy Father’s Day!