My goodness I had FUN yesterday!
I always have fun, but yesterday pushed the day to another level. It felt so good to see the ideas that have been living in my head come to life. And they came out even CUTER than I could have ever imagined.
I have been thinking about these designs for several weeks now. After seeing the darling embossed paper from a shop on Etsy (Ravenwood Treasures#) the wheels in my head were really turning! I immediately ordered some paper and began planning on how I can use it in regard to SCROLL SAWING!
I had to think things through though, because I wanted to make sure that everything I was doing was done in the easiest possible way. I wanted to present the finished projects to my you – my customers and readers – as a beginning so you can take the concept and the idea and RUN with it.
I have SO MANY ideas for these that at one point I felt kind of muddled up because I didn’t know which direction to head first. I found that I just had to pick one (or five) ideas in this case and develop them and go from there. So without further yakking on, here’s what I came up with.
The first card is a for a birthday! I decided to use brightly colored paper to make a celebratory cupcake. For this I used the embossed “Happy Birthday” paper (naturally!) and beautiful crystal hot-fix rhinestones from my favorite place in the whole wide world to buy rhinestones – Rhinestone Canada for the ‘sprinkles’. I really love how it came out!
You can see that I also matched the back of the envelope with a small motif of confetti. I did the same on the upper corner of the inside card as well. I love how the card looks so professional and FUN!
My next one is done with the pretty flowers that I showed yesterday. I scroll sawed all the pieces – including the trellis – using several layers of card stock. While this piece took a little time, I have been successful at layering a dozen or more pieces of card stock at once so my time was really well spent. The delicate little butterflies were also fun to make, and look so PRETTY on this little card!
Next up – STRAWBERRIES! What a fun idea for a summer note! I modified the pattern from my Strawberry Candle Tray to make this design. I wanted to see how much I could push things with sawing paper by and this vine work came out just awesome! The tiny added crystal rhinestones really make this look so wonderful and professional.
The next card showed a variance of different flowers. I wanted to do a floral ‘sampler’ of sorts so I just created some different types of petals and leaves and kind of did an abstract design. The light pink organza ribbon was the perfect accent to this pretty and feminine card.
And finally – here’s one for the guys . . .
It was easy to cut a ‘forest’ of trees using several shades of green card stock. I also loved the brown embossed background. I had found several textures in neutral colors like this that could be used for cards for the guys! There are so many great designs to choose from and for about .30 per sheet for the embossed paper, it was a really inexpensive way to make awesome cards!
Oh – and I REFRAINED from using crystal rhinestones on the moose card! It was HARD to do, but I thought it was on of those rare times it would be best WITHOUT!
Here is a picture of the INSIDE of the moose card too. As I said, all of the cards have repeats of their motifs both on the inside and on the back of the envelope. This really makes them look nice and finished I think!
As I said – these cards are all headed for New Jersey today so that the patterns can be published in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I was really happy that they came out so nice, and I think that there may be some demand for me to come up with some wonderful pattern packages that you all could use to make these designs yourself. I am even considering offering pre-cut kits of the pieces for those who may be interested. I am not sure on that though, as it may take some time.
I would love to hear from you with your thoughts about it.
I could sell the patterns according to theme (birthday, Halloween, Christmas, etc.) and include maybe four or five designs in each pattern. Since the designs are adaptable for just about ANY type of paper, I think they would be a great way to springboard your creativity and get you started.
It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a LOT of fun! By cutting these shapes yourself, you have an endless amount of design possibilities without having to purchase (and STORE!) expensive paper punches or buy expensive pre-cut die shapes. You could also modify the size of the pieces to fit any size card you like! How COOL is that?!
At under $1 per 12” x 12” sheet of colored card stock (I know that many of you can find it for less than that!) and a rainbow of colors to choose from, you really have a world of options available. And don’t even get me started on all the awesome patterned paper – most which you could print yourself! (Now you know why my head was spinning!)
I hope you all enjoyed seeing this slight deviation from cutting wood on the scroll saw (after all – paper is made from WOOD! ;) ) I also hope that seeing these cards shows you that there are many, many uses for your scroll saw that you perhaps hadn’t thought of yet.
I think this is the beginning of something wonderful . . .
Happy Tuesday! :D
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"