Vintage Inspired Card for Mom!

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to make a vintage inspired card for mom. If your mother is not into cooking you could substitute the focal image for something more appropriate. I am using a digital stamp from one of my fellow designers at MyGrafico, it is from the Baking Utensil set from Lemon Elf Studios. There are so many unique designers at MyGrafico that you are sure to find something you like and since they are digital you can get them no matter where you live and they take up no storage space, yay!

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I had wanted to test the cheaper cardstock I got at Target to see if it would blend well, it was not as easy to blend on as Neenah Classic Crest or PTI cardstock but I thought, you know what, people are more likely to have access to office supply store cardstock than expensive blending card so I decided to demonstrate how to deal with cheaper cardstock and still make it work.  Watch the video to see how I colored the image and made the card:

Video!

Tips!

  • Choose papers and embellishments before you color because it is easier to match paper you have then to color first and hunt for matching paper.
  • Use a thumb tack and mouse-pad to make the faux stitching if you do not have a piercing wheel.
  • Layering colored pencils over markers looks great and can fix any blending problems.
  • Use a sliver of cardstock instead of string in a button for a quick, yet realistic, look!

I hope you enjoyed this vintage inspired card. Head on over to MyGrafico to see all of the wonderful printable arts and crafts supplies available, you can even check out my shop while you are there. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Get this Party Started!

Happy Friday! I have been busy this week planning my sons birthday party, this year he wants to have an arcade party so I designed an Arcade Party Printable set that includes invitations, favor bags, cupcake wrappers and toppers, candy bar wrappers and thank you notes plus my 30% off Spooktacular Sale is going on so you can snag the entire set for $3.50! I also think this would be darling if you were having a video game sleepover party!

 

There is so much in this kit and the favor and quick, easy and inexpensive to make!

 

I used to be leery of printing bright graphics on my home printer due to the cost of ink but a few months a go I tried off-brand ink for my HP photosmart printer (I bought it through amazon.com marketplace from the seller vivamart-no affiliation though:) I got all 6 HP02 ink carts for $10 and free shipping, I’ve replaced many of the inks and as you can see from my photos the colors are bright and crisp with the cheap ink! It used to cost me $70 for that much ink at Staples, what a deal!

 

This adorable candy bar wrapper is 5.25"x5.25" and cover candy bars such as Nestle Crunch©, Nestle Aero©, Hershey© Milk Chocolate,Special Dark©, Hershey© with Almonds, Mr. Goodbar© No text is on the wrapper, you can type or write what you like or leave it blank 🙂

 

I love the candy bar wrapper! Jacks birthday is a week before Halloween so I’m not sure if parents will be cool with me handing these out to the guests but they are just so cute! I havent decided what to give as favors yet, maybe some of the small plastic pinball games from the party favor isle at Target, they will easily fit in either of the favor bags. The large one cuts from one sheet of 8.5″x11″ caredstock but the small one cuts 2 to a sheet and that is included in the Arcade Party Printable kit too. Here you can see the difference in size, the large one is3″wide, 1.5″ deep and 4.5″ high, the small one is 2.5″ wide, 1″ deep and 3.75″ high:

 

If you want custom text on yout printables add it before printing! I changed my text color to white so it stands out and uses less ink!

 

The invitation and Thank you notes are 5″x7″ with a full .25 bleed (that is handy if you want them professionally printed or if you are an invitation company-yes commercial use is available!) or you can print them at home as I did, the invitation I printed flat just by typing my text over the arcade game screen:

 

No text or wording is on the invitation, you can do that on your computer:)

 

But for the Thank you note I printed it as a folded card but you could easily use it as a flat card and type or write your thank-yous in the white space:

 

the words "thank You" ARE already printed on this card.

 

Th cupcake wrappers are 4 to a 8.5″x11 sheet so no paper is wasted and you get 20 toppers that can be punched out with a 1.5″ circle punch on another 8.5″x11″ sheet:

 

Is there anything cuter than cupcakes and candybars with custom wrappers? I don't think so.

 

Here is a look at the Arcade Party Printable set, remember it is 30% off along with everything else through tomorrow at Lindsay’s stamp stuff!

Remember 30% off everything until Saturday night at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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