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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Thrift Store Book = More Cardz for Kidz! on: May 07, 2019 10:37:36 AM
At the thrift store I found a small book of illustrated inspirational quotes, one per page, that I thought would be perfect for my Cardz for Kidz cards.  The book was only a dollar.  Here are some of the prettier/more fun images.  I embellished with stickers, sequins and paperpunched flowers. 







I used what I called my "graduation cap" popup card style, which I've made a couple times previously:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457349.0
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452417.msg5446080#msg5446080
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / (Discontinued) Mother's Day on: May 07, 2019 10:16:56 AM
Don't you hate it when you find a product and then it is discontinued?  It seems like companies buy up other companies just so they can get rid of the competition.  Anyway.....

Here are some Mother's Day cards using an apparently discontinued type of product, the die cut pads.  They are paper pads with multiple pages of die cut pieces that you can punch out, like flowers or small boxes you can assemble yourself.  I had a couple from K and Company, one from Marcella by K and one from Heidi Grace.  I also had some very old scrapbook pages with a few die cuts that I bought a long time ago from the dollar store.  I thought they were economical.  Now I guess the companies want you to buy cutting machines and stencils to make your own die cuts, probably more profit for them!

These three cards I made using my standup method (similar to a sandwich board) so that I can fold them flat and mail to mothers I know who don't live in my city.




For these below I used a pad that had die cut Christmas ornaments that were cone shaped.  I assembled the ornament and inverted them so that they could resemble a stem, or a vase, and glued some flowers at the top.  These were for my sisters and my sister in law.




And of course mom gets the biggest bloom!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Popup Pochi on: May 07, 2019 09:37:52 AM
Inspiration comes from unexpected places! 



I saw the design of this card on an English language Japanese newspaper, in a video reporting on a gift trade show.  See the Popup Pochi here at minute 3:14: http://jbpress.ismedia.jp/articles/-/55531

It's meant to be a card that parents can insert their child's allowance in (those lucky Japanese kids!)  Instead of money, I inserting my greeting in the slot where the money would usually be inserted and glued it down so it wouldn't fall out.

Here is the card when flat, so you can mail it:


and side view:


From the demonstration on the video and investigation of the company that makes the Popup Pochi, it was easy to figure out how to make it myself.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Dollar Store Stickers Make Fun Cards for Cardz For Kidz on: February 03, 2019 06:31:13 PM
Im still continuing to make cards for Cardz for Kidz https://cardzforkidz.org/, a Chicago not-for-profit that sends homemade cards all around the world to kids who have serious illnesses.  They have also sent cards to kids affected by recent mass gun violence or natural disaster events.  They also use their funds to purchase video game consoles to donate to hospitals that those kids can use during their time there.

For this batch, I used stickers bought from a dollar store.  Since we are not allowed to use glitter (they can get into medical equipment and wounds and cause problems), I thought some of these glittery looking holographic stickers would add some flash.

Here is a batch using sealife, I thought I would have them all say a greeting in a different language:




For these I used some cute owls and added trees:





Some dinosaur riddles (you can find the answers online):



And I think my most creative one using motor vehicles:

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Can't Be Boar'ed--Chinese New Year Card-Pig on: February 02, 2019 09:24:22 AM
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Here is my latest card for Chinese New Year. This is the Year of the Boar/Pig.



I thought up this card back in December when I attended a rubber stampcarving class. Here is the stamp I carved, based on an image of a papercut pig I found online.



Here is a closeup of the stamped image:



I added a handmade tassel and a braided loop to hang it.

I used this card style previously for another occasion, a graduation, check it out here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452417.msg5446080#msg5446080
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Blobs on: September 17, 2018 12:27:30 PM
I bet you can't guess what these Blobs really are:


They're actually cat-shaped cards!


I found the template in a book with many templates used as packaging designs or promotional greeting card designs.  These had a few cuts and one fold, and I purposely chose a pattern of stripes that would fit for a cat.  You can probably redraw the template to make it look more like a dog or other simple animals.  The book is called Encyclopedia of Paper-folding Designs and there are two issues (I forget which one the template was it, it might be in book 1).  Your library might be able to order it via interlibrary loan, if they don't have a copy of it.  There are many templates and inspriations for folded packaging and specially folded cards that pop up or have some dimension.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Clothespin Flower Cards on: September 17, 2018 12:20:42 PM
I had recently seen a craft using clothespins to make a sort of letter card (another idea for another day) and it inspired me to make a clothespin animal, like an alligator, a shark or a hippo, so that the clothespin would be the animal's mouth.  But I couldn't manage a tidy enough way to do so (yet another idea for another day).  So instead I went with making a flower, with scrapbook paper and some paint chip flower centers.  The clothespin can stand up and you can also use it as a clip for a little memo reminder or photo display or something like that.



I made a bunch and varied the color combos:



There is a large flower on both sides of the clothespin, so I wrote my greeting on the back flower.  I imagine you can even add a magnet to it to increase its use further.  Would make a nice little teacher's or grandparent/babysitter gift tag with the photo of your kid clipped to it.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hands of Friendship on: September 17, 2018 12:14:32 PM
For these cards, for Cardz for Kidz, I used some double sided cardstock which had different colors on each side, tracing my own hand for the shape. I also used a pack of dollar store stickers, with some of the shapes to make pretty painted fingernails.





My original idea was to make henna'd hands, but I did not find a pattern that I liked that was not too complicated, so went with the stickers instead.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Small Scraps Make Cards as Big as Outer Space on: September 17, 2018 12:10:19 PM
inspiration comes from anywhere, even a small piece of scrap paper you saved from a previous project.  I had made these book cards a few times before, once for my nephews' graduation (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450750.msg5417814#msg5417814) and more recently for a not-for profit Cardz for Kidz, who sends cards to kids in hospitals (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455606.msg5498666#msg5498666).  In the ones for Cardz for Kidz, I had little scraps of paper left over from where I cut them off the top of the cards.  What to do with them? I made them into planetary rings:



I used a patterned scrapbook sheet to cut basic circles for the planets, imagining the floral patterns as alien waterways or meteor strikes.  Using a darker card to represent the dark vacuum of space, I added a few stars here and there to complete the motif.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Book Cardz for Kidz on: August 05, 2018 01:52:52 PM
The nature museum in my city, the Notebaert, hosts a Volunteer Expo every year, where they connect many charitable organizations with people who want to volunteer.  This year I discovered Cardz for Kidz, an organization that provides handmade, encouraging greeting cards to kids in hospitals.  They don't make the cards themselves, instead anyone can make cards and send to the organization, who then parcels them up and send them on their way.  They also raise funds for GO Karts, a video game console that is used in hospitals.  They have received and shipped cards all over the world, if you have an itch to make cards and no one to give them to, I think Cardz for Kidz will scratch that itch!

Anyway, I've been making cards for them since February.  Here are a few from my latest batch, Book Cards.  You might have seen the ones I posted here for my nephews' graduation.  For these cards I chose covers from classic books, trying to find the vintage style covers where I could.  I used a double sided cardstock and chose colors that would match the book cover.








Maybe some of these titles are too old school for today's kids, but maybe it will encourage the kids to seek these titles. If you want to make your own book card, I used the template on this lady's website, she has make lots of cool cards and paper projects.  https://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-shaped-card-tutorial-and-template.html

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