Gloriousmess! is partnering with Sew Make Create to run a pre-Valentines Day social workshop this Friday and I can't be more chuffed :) In fact, I was so excited I created a mega sticker pack for the workshop! If you're in town, sign up and stop by - I'd love to say hi to you!
We'll be making personalized cards for Valentines Day (or any other occasion you wish, really) along with a felt alphabet plushie. Yes, you do all the work, and yes, you will walk out of there with awesome creations in hand regardless of whether you know how to sew and card-make or not. More importantly, you'll walk out with a smile and maybe a new friend or two because this is, after all, a social workshop :)
- If you don't have any idea on your card design, lay out your bits and bobs and play around with different combinations first. Without sticking them down, you can arrange & rearrange to your heart's content without worrying about ruining the card!
- You don't need a wall full of supplies to make an awesome card! All you need are the basics - good quality cardstock, sharp scissors and/or craft knife and adhesives that will actually stick
- Card layout ideas can be found at the now-defunct Card Positioning Systems website. You can also look at greeting cards you like and observe where they put all their graphics and words - are they all in one corner or all spread out?
- Add texture and height to your card for visual impact, especially when using simple or plain design elements. Ribbons, twine, origami, glitter and 3D glue dots are all good friends. So is a hot glue gun.
- Stickers and die-cut or punched shapes can make your life easier!
- Play with different media - you don't just have to stick with markers and pen. Scrape an old toothbrush dipped in paint against a popsicle stick and create some awesome splatters! Dab areas of your card with inked sponges or stamps for cool effects!
- Clean, crisp shape edges can be cut from felt using sharp scissors and a template. There are different ways to trace your pattern onto the felt for cutting such as using freezer paper or tracing cardboard stencils.
- All you need is the whip stitch - simple, fast and pretty. Consistency is the key and futuregirl has a great pictorial tutorial showing you how to do it.
You can find some of the stickers from our Mega Pack in their own original packs in store. These include our Candy Hearts, Doily Hearts and Banner Banter sticker packs. Hope you have fun with all of them, and if you make any cards or plushies of your own, I'd love to see what you come up with! Just tag us on Twitter or Instagram with @sharethemess, or upload them onto our Facebook page :)