Handmade Cards – part 3 – Ribbons, Stickers, and Flowers

You can embellish your personalized handmade cards with ribbon, stickers, and flowers.

You can embellish your personalized handmade cards with ribbon, stickers, and flowers.

Earlier this week I shared how much fun I had making unique handmade cards and how I made pop-up elements for those cards. Today I’d like to share some more ideas about using ribbons, stickers, and flowers to dress up your cards. But first I want to show you a very unique piece of paper I used.

Common items can look elegant when incorporated into a handmade card.

Common items can look elegant when incorporated into a handmade card.

Surprise!

This elegant little card was super-simple to make. I printed the lovely image from The Graphics Fairy, trimmed it, and then used a glue stick to attach it to (can you guess?)…

…a piece cut from a brown paper lunch sack. Yes, the kind you buy from the dollar store. Who would have thought a lunch sack could be so pretty?

Once the glue was dry I laid a ruler along the edge of the image where I wanted to trim my frame, pressed it firmly to the paper, and tore away the excess sack. It left a lovely, imperfect edge. Then I used the glue stick, putting the glue behind the image only, and glued the framed image to my card. I didn’t put glue stick on the sack paper beyond the edge of the image because the sack paper is pretty thin and the glue from the glue stick caused it to wrinkle up. I wanted to keep the soft, torn edges, so I left them loose, glue free, and wrinkle free.

Ribbon is simple, elegant addition to handmade cards.

Ribbon is simple, elegant addition to handmade cards.

Ribbon

The navy background on this card was trimmed to size and glued into place with a glue stick. Then I used a round scrapbook punch (or you could trace around a drinking glass or something similar and cut with scissors) to cut the floral image. I used a glue stick to glue the image to a piece of blue paper and trimmed the frame by hand.

I laid out the image and the ribbon before I cut the ribbon and before I glued anything down. I trimmed the ribbon a little long and then used the glue stick to attach it to the card. With the ribbon in place I could attach the flowers with my glue stick. Once all of the glue was dry I trimmed the ends of the ribbon to be flush with the edge of the card and used my finger to apply a little liquid glue to the cut ends so the ribbon wouldn’t fray.

Stickers and flowers can really glitz up a handmade card!

Stickers and flowers can really glitz up a handmade card!

Stickers and Flowers

These are my “wild cards” and they’re quite honestly not quite my style, but I was experimenting. I know some people love “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and will enjoy the added bling on these.

The bright, floral card on the left is a single image printed from The Graphics Fairy with a lot of stickers. I found the 3D butterfly set and the gems at the dollar store. I actually trimmed the large and small butterflies out of a larger sticker and used my pop-up technique on them so it would look like they were fluttering around the flowers. The gems are actually stickers and came in a set of hundreds…so there may be more blingy cards in my future!

The card on the right is a lovely single image to which I initially added the ribbon as I described earlier. Then I trimmed the stem from a small silk leaf and hot glued just the edge (now hidden behind the white flowers) of it to the card. I lifted the top edge of the leaf and put a generous dot of hot glue behind the leaf and then stuck the feathers into the glue before pressing the leaf back into place, which attached both the feathers and the back of the leaf to the card.

The tiny white flowers were supposed to represent baby’s breath, I think, since they came with a multi-stem bush of silk roses. I just plucked the fabric flowers off of the stem, added a gem sticker in the center of each one, and hot glued them to the card. I like the way the flowers hide the edge of the leaf.

Small silk flowers add lots of dimension to handmade cards.

Small silk flowers add lots of dimension to handmade cards.

More Flowers

The daisies on this card were left over from corsage-making. I pulled the flowers from the stems and then trimmed the plastic as closely as I could on the backs of the flowers to make them lay as flat as possible against the card. Once I removed the stems I was just cutting plastic, so a pair of sturdy scissors took care of the job very nicely. With all of the excess bulk removed from the daisies and leaves it was simply a matter of hot gluing them into place on the background, which I had previously printed onto card stock, trimmed, and attached to the card using a glue stick.

Your Turn!

Thank you for letting me share my card-making fun! I hope you have been inspired and encouraged to make some cards of your own, either to send special greeting or to package up and give as gifts. I would love it so much if you’d share your designs on my Facebook page or Twitter feed. Fresh ideas are always welcome and you might inspire someone else to give card-making a shot!

Please share your pictures on social media and then let me know in the comments how you think your cards turned out.

Upate: This post was shared at What’s It Wednesday #187, Home Matters Linky Party #58, Wonderful Wednesday #144, Show and Share #282, and Pretty Pintastic Party #75.

You may also enjoy Handmade Cards – part 1 and Handmade Cards – part 2 – How to Make Pop-Up Elements.

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