Saturday, 9 June 2012

Collage Card Kit from Etsy

I thought it would be a good idea to show you the sort of card you can make from one of my Collage Card Kits available on.etsy.com/shop/pootlingwithpaper  They are such fun to make and all you need to add is some double sided tape and a glue stick.  It would be useful to have a paper cutter or just use scissors if you prefer.  The only additional thing I used was a stapler to staple the ribbon to the stamped message.  A card and envelope is included to get you started!

The kits include parts of original book pages from reclaimed children's and sometimes adults books.  Decorative papers and embellishments complete the look.


I signed and dated the back of the card and added a torn strip of a book page in the bottom corner for added interest.
 I tore a small piece of a page to add decoration to the front of the envelope.

I had all this left over!  These other elements can be used to make more cards or used in other craft projects.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Making a Collage Card (Nature Themed)

I think that making collage cards are the most fun cards to make.  They will always be unique as different elements are used for each card.  In the photo above I have already selected the pieces I need to make my card and cut them to size.  The process of just choosing things to put together can be quite time consuming, and I pootle with paper until I come up with the right combination.  On the right hand side of the photo above I have already put together one section of the card.  For this I used part of a page of a reclaimed book and mounted it onto a good quality card stock.  I attached a button with embroidery thread and stamped a message straight onto the paper.  The other elements used are handmade paper, vellum, portions of reclaimed book pages, a couple of fabric flowers and a faux gem stone.

Voila!  This is what the card looks like when all the various items are combined.  It takes me a while to arrange the page until I am satisfied with how it looks.  I usually take a photo at this stage for reference so that when I stick it together I can remember what bit goes where!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Kawaii Inspired Collage Cards

I am still into my collage style cards, and it is so good to know that they are totally unique as their components come from a variety of different sources.  I used elements from one of my 'interesting bits' kits to make these two cards.

The second card may need a little something 'extra' but I will let it sit for a day or two before I decide what to do.  This collage style of card making really suits me and I prefer it to just adding layer and layers of toppers onto a card.  I am still a novice at this eclectic style of crafting but I am loving it at the moment!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Outdoorsy Collaged Cards

I was recently inspired to take up paper crafting again after buying some 'interesting bits' from notes on paper. The 'bits' included a variety of co-ordinating papers including handmade, sticky backed plastic and a variety of embellishments.  I already have a huge stash of paper and embellishments but 'needed' to buy these extra bits to get my creative juices flowing!
I pootled around with the papers until I came up with compositions that I liked.  I used hessian and chipboard from my own stash and mixed them up with the 'interesting bits'.
 I gave the papers torn edges and stuck them down lightly to give them some interest and movement.
I cut around the flowers on the sticky backed plastic sheets and hopefully found a way of using them creatively.    I had so much fun making these outdoorsy cards and who'd have thought the amount of fun a person can have with sticky backed plastic!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Pootle One


 Simple lines drawn onto water colour paper.

Draw around heart stencils. Lightly colour in sections with water soluble pencils. Use fine paintbrush and water to blend colours.

Cut out paper hearts and add further details.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Pootling with Paper

Not had time to pootle (proceed unhurriedly) with paper just yet.  Next post I promise there would have been some paper pootling!