I was thinking about sending some happy mail the other day and it came to mind that for me, happy mail is kind of a doubly awesome thing. Creating happy mail fills my cup and sending happy mail lets me fill someone else’s cup at the same time. It’s a definite win-win. Have you received or sent some happy mail recently? It’s so much more exciting to find fun things in your mailbox, isn’t it?
I have designed a card workshop that has been really helpful for me creating and sending happy mail. If you would like a quick resource for making a bunch of cards easily, I think you will like today’s project. At the end of this post there are a couple of options available for you to access the cutting diagrams and workshop instructions, so you can enjoy making cards like these at home. But first, here’s a little about the project parts and pieces. I think you’ll enjoy the final projects and the creative process.
I just cannot get enough of the Close To My Heart Fundamental Papers. Creating with these colorful cardstocks with fun patterns and two-sided textures is just a joyful thing. If you have had not opportunity to create projects with these papers yet, you should give them a try. The Fundamental Papers are available in four different color palettes. For the cards I’m sharing today I used the Adventure color group. You can see how vivid the colors are. To view all four palettes available in Fundamental Papers, click here.
I like to have some cards on hand so it’s easy to pop something in the mail or be ready for a special occasion. As I was designing this particular workshop, I specifically wanted something I could reuse in different ways. I started by choosing 5 card compositions from Close To My Heart How-To Books, and I compiled them all into one cutting diagram. The cutting diagram let’s you make 10 cards, two of each of the five compositions at one time. It is super simple to personalize cards for every occasion by just switching the papers, colors and messages as you go.
There are two sheets of ten different colors available in the Fundamental Papers. All ten colors look fantastic together, so I just pick four colors, plug them into the cutting diagram, and have some fun. Depending on the colors you put together you could have cards that work well with different seasons, or are more masculine, or are great for children…or you can make a little bit of everything. Here are examples of three different color schemes I put together. In these pictures I kept all of the messages and accessories the same so that you could see how the compositions are the identical, but the finished cards look different.
Here’s a little closer view. You can see where sometimes I have the printed texture side up and other times I have the tone-on-tone embossed texture side up. There are just so many possibilities with this paper. Are don’t the colors just shout happy?
One of the things I like about using this card workshop is that I can get a lot of cards put together with a variety of messages, so that I am prepared for any occasion that I might need a card for. Sometimes I actually just make all of the bases so that they only thing left to finish them up is adding a message. This way I can choose the message that best fits what I want to say. Close To My Heart has individual message stamps in the “M-Size” designs that you can choose from to personalize projects. Here are just a few of the message options that are available in these great little stamps. They all fit on a 2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block, so they are really a versatile size.
Looking at the photos shown above, you will also notice that I have added some splashes of color behind the messages, as well. For these quick color bursts, I used some of my favorite go to stamp designs from the Brushstrokes Stamp Set. This stamp set is fantastic for all kinds of crafting. The images might look like random swashes, but you will be amazed at what you can make with these designs… flowers? …birthday cakes? It’s true. You can see both and more in some other projects I have used these designs for in some previous posts. Just click here and here to link directly to them.
Are you ready to make some cards? You can add some joy to your day using this card workshop and share a little joy with family and friends with your cards, too. There are three options for getting a set of the workshop instructions, so you are all set to enjoy creating and giving cards.
- Attend A Workshop – If you are in the Boise Area, you can choose a workshop kit and a workshop date to come and make a set of cards here in a class format. I pre-cut a set of cards and show you tips on putting them all together. You will have everything you need to make 20 or 50 cards depending on the package you choose. All packages include the reusable cutting diagram and instructions for creating more cards later on. It’s kind of nice to come to a workshop because you know you have time set aside in your schedule and you get to leave with completed projects.
- Order A Workshop Kit To Go – With this option I still pre-cut a set of cards for you and prepare the parts and pieces just as if you were attending a workshop in person. You just choose the workshop kit that you would like and I will mail the workshop kit directly to you, so you can create cards at home. It’s easy.
- Place An Order On My Website – The workshop kits I am preparing use the Fundamental Paper in the Adventure colors like you see show in the projects above. If you would like a different color scheme, this might be a good option for you. When you visit my website and place a minimum $25 order, including a package of Fundamental Paper in your choice of color groups, I will email you a copy of the workshop cutting diagram and instructions for you to use at home. This way you can choose your color group and other items based on what you need for your projects. You can check the list of products I used to make my cards to be sure you have what you need. If you already have card bases at home, but you would like the Brushstrokes Stamp Set or Thin 3-D Foam Tape, then you can order the things that would help you put your cards together. To shop online, go to www.michelle.ctmh.com.
If you have any questions about the workshop options, you can contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.
I’m happy to help you find the right workshop kit for you.
Here is a list of Workshop Packages and Workshop Dates.
Workshop Package A – $39.00 (plus tax and shipping)
- X3125 Fundamental Paper Package – Adventure colors
- Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
- X254 White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack (half package – qty. 25)
- Your choice of two “M-size” message stamps
- Black Enamel Stars, White Cardstock
- Cutting diagram and instruction sheets
Workshop Package B – $53.00 (plus tax and shipping)
- Includes all of Workshop Package A, PLUS…
X254 White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack 14.95 (full package – qty. 50)
Your choice of two additional “M-size” message stamps
Other supplies used for these cards:
- C1608 Brushstrokes Stamp Set ($13.95)
- Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($6.95)
- Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in coordinating Adventure Colors ($6.95 each)
- My Acrylix Blocks: Y1002 (1 x 3 1/2), Y1003 (2 x 2)
- Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
- Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
- Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM
- Saturday, January 30 at 1:00 PM
Remember, if the dates do not fit with your schedule, or you do not live in the Boise area, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll send it all to you.
Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com
to reserve a spot at a workshop or order a workshop kit.