Look what my lovely son gave me for Christmas:
A 2" and a 1" circle punch!Now that it's easy peasy for me, I've been a bit circle card crazy over the last week or two! It's such a great way to use up scrappy little bits of lovely paper that you just can't bear to throw away.
This is a large 8" x 8" card blank. I used my two lovely new circle punches, and a couple of flowers and a butterfly punch that I already had. I just punched out a load of shapes then layered them up and added a few gems. The little writing banner is just made on the computer in word. It's a banner autoshapes with a text box on top, printed on card, cut out carefully and attached with foam pads.
For these I cut card just a little bit smaller than the base card and punched circles from it. The one of the left I stuck patterned paper on the base card. For the one on the right I glued the patterned paper to the smaller top piece BEFORE punching the circles. The top layer is attached with foam pads to lift it a bit. The words are a stamp.
On the left, just little polka dot (love polka dot!) circles, mounted on white then yellow. The writing is a stamp that came free with a magazine. On the right is a load of circles and stars, the writing was just printed on the computer. Some of the larger circles have smaller circles or stars ones punched out of them.
I just went to town using up scraps here, I think it's pretty self explanatory! I raided my stash of little bits recovered from old cards (flowers,buttons etc)
My favourite thing about having my lovely new punches is the fact I can print some words on the computer then, with the punch upside down, I can now properly position the writing where I want it. Whoop Whoop! I cut the brown paper to size, then added the circles and attached the embroidery thread and word circle before sticking it all down to the base card. I prefer this method so the thread is not inside the card, even though it is a bit lumpy and therefore tricky to glue down.
All this coloured paper is just old envelopes. I keep all coloured envelopes that come through the door as they are such a great supply of lovely coloured paper. They are just kept in another large envelope but in rainbow order so I can find what I'm looking for. The tiny circles are just from a hole punch.
This is also pretty self explanatory, the bottom photo is terrible, but it does show the inside and cut outs on the front, which you can't really see in the other photo. I think when I write this card I'll follow round the circles inside with the message in a wiggly line of writing.
I have a pinterest board "Card Ideas" here and I've been collecting images of cards with circles for a while now (along with non-circle ones too) - do have a look for more inspiration if you like making cards.
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