...Just Because - Mon, Dec 16th, 2013

I'm going to start off by admitting that I have become a decorative tape addict! I love its versatility and the serrated edge dispenser. What makes our tape so exceptionally unique, however, is the integration of repositionable backing on the tape itself. This allows the crafter to try a variety of techniques, without having to waste precious supplies. 

Carol Snyder, provides us today with a perfect example of the benefits of this added feature. This project couldn't have come at a better time of the year. It's a time when the people who have had a profound effect on our lives are at the forefront of our minds. You know those days, where you are driving along, and a song comes on the radio that reminds you of the road trip you took with your best friend years ago? How about while bringing out your Christmas ornaments, you come across one that has more of a story behind it than can be told by its appearance. These are the people that have touched us in so many ways, and how impactful it would be for them to receive a handmade card, just because you were thinking of them. 

Let's get started by gathering our supplies...

Little B Products:

  • Ladybugs mini dimensional sticker embellishments
  • 25mm Black with white polka dot decorative tape
  • 25mm Red with white polka dot decorative tape
  • 3mm Red gingham decorative tape

Additional Supplies:

  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Corner rounder
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • White cardstock
  • Flower punch
  • Circle punch
  • Foam Adhesive

Directions:

  1. Create a mitered corner 4x6 white cardstock card with the red gingham and black with white polka dot decorative tape. (Tip: watch the video below to see how easy it is to miter corners.) 
  2. Round the corners of the card. 
  3. Adhere the red with white polka dot decorative tape onto scrap white cardstock. Use the flower punch to punch out the ladybug wings. 
  4. Adhere the black with white polka dot decorative tape onto scrap white cardstock. Use the circle punch to form the head and body. 
  5. With scissors create antennae for the lady bug from the red with white polka dot tape. 
  6. Peal each punch tape piece from the backing and assemble the lady bug as shown in the picture above. 
  7. Use scissors to cut out your ladybug leaving a white border around it. 
  8. Attach ladybug with foam adhesive. 
  9. Embellish remainder of the card with black marker, and mini ladybug dimensional sticker embellishments. 

Watch this video for create tips and techniques for creatiing perfectly mitered corners:

One last thing to keep in mind as you create this personal note is to resist the urge to print out your message with the computer. So many of us dismiss our handwriting and it's importance when crafting. Handwriting has in many ways gone the way of the typewriter in our technological society. Resist this temptation! When teaching about the importance of our handwriting, I encourage people to think back to someone special in their life. Think about the feeling it invokes when you see a handwritten letter, or just their signature on a piece of paper. 

When my grandfather passed in 2000, I spent a few weeks with my grandmother as we began the emotional process of sorting through his belongings. In the nightstand next to his side of the bed we found something that drove this point home to me more than ever. Inside was a yellowed envelope with a letter in my great-grandmother's handwriting. She had passed nearly 30 years before my grandfather. This was the last letter he received from her prior to her death. This memento from her had been with him all these years. I can only image the memories that would flood into his mind as he would pull out the time-worn words and read them over again. The penmanship was a part of her, a piece of her spirit, and her personality enshrined on the pages tucked away in the envelope. For my grandfather, I know that this was a priceless treasure. 

So when creating a card such as this, remember...one day, someone, somewhere is going to pull out this card that you've made. They are going to see your handwriting, and they are going to be as touched by it's presence as my grandfather was by the letter nestled in the drawer beside his bed. 

Make it meaningful!


Shane

"Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you."

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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