The Cardmaker's Shop is a section of my Etsy Shop, TheSandlapperShop. However, here I'll be focusing almost exclusively on the art of making cards. Enjoy! I hope you'll also stop by to visit my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSandlapperShop
Here's a card that I completed today. You'll see that I love fall colors.
Are you like me and amazed that die cuts come with so few instructions? I learned to visit some online shops that sell supplies and have found several that have video segments on how to use their products and examples of some completed designs. Yes, they get some of my business and I love their customer service. I look at techniques and examples, but I don't copy - from there I create my own design.
A new technique for me today was to make the belly band. I didn't even know what they were called a few days ago, but this card definitely needed a closure. I found a few instructional videos on YouTube and it looked pretty straight forward. I cut a strip of chocolate brown so that it would overlap in the back, added what looks like a latch and a glittery paper button,and there was my first belly band! The top of the card was calling for some special attention and I added a tag for a greeting and tied it on with a raffia bow.
Is there fish on the menu? Last evening I created a fish card. The design I came up with reminds me of a tavern or fish market sign. Maybe the perfect place to stop for seafood in New England? It's inked and layered. The fish is paper cut in what is know as Scherenschnitte, a German paper cutting technique. I don't even know how to pronounce that, but I like the outcome. I also really like the saying that I decided went perfectly with this card.
Be sure to stop back to visit and see my next creations!.