Now that summer's sadly drawing to a close and the days are gradually getting shorter, it is inevitable that you will start spending more time tucked up indoors. This doesn't have to mean slobbing out in front of the TV with a big bag of crisps though; there are loads of great pastimes that can be done from the warmth of your own home. Why not get creative and make your own range of greetings cards? With just a little time and a sprinkling of imagination, it's a really easy and fun thing to do. It will save you money on pricey shop-bought cards, and the lucky recipients will no-doubt love the personal touch.
Start by purchasing yourself a packet of blank folded cards - you can get these from most art or stationery shops, or search online - they are really cheap to buy and come in all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes depending on what you fancy. You could also buy a range of bits and pieces to stick on the front, although I'm a big fan of reusing and recycling things that you already have lying around the home (see my ideas below). You'll also need some appropriate glue or adhesive - I find that a high tack double sided tape works well - as well as some sharp scissors or a craft knife, a pen, pencil and a ruler. Find yourself a clean, flat surface that is ideally in natural light, and get creating!
Idea 1 - embellishments from clothing
I find that many of the clothes I buy are embellished in some way, whether this be with sequins and sparkly bits, or just plain buttons. Garments usually come with a few spare accessories which can be used immediately, or you can wait until you're finished with the item and then rather than throw it out, recycle it into a card! To start with, I always mark the centre-point of the card by holding a ruler from opposite corner to corner and making a small pencil line. Here are some examples of cards I have made using embellishments and buttons:
I had collected a whole range of metallic confetti over the years from various presents and cards I've received, so I decided to put it to good use (never throw anything away as you never know when it might come in handy!). It's also a good idea to keep bits and bobs from greetings cards you receive such as bows, buttons or even the picture itself, as all of this can be reused. Here are a couple of cards I made using metallic confetti:
When you are out and about keep your eyes peeled for photo opportunities that might make a good greetings card. For example, if I see a road sign that bears someone's surname I take a quick snap and turn it into a card for them. Printing photos costs next to nothing to do and means that you can stick a picture to the front of your blank card that has some real meaning. It's such a quick and easy way to make a personalised card for somebody:
These are just a few ideas that I've had, and I'm always thinking about and trying out different designs and methods - some work, some don't; it's often a case of trial and error, but that's the fun of it! Start thinking and I'm sure you can come up with lots more ideas yourself. Happy crafting!