Create Your Own Menu & Name Cards

Learn how to create your own Menu & Name Cards with this step by step using Flower Soft Multi Function Die Cuts.

The Menu is simple to create, tip to bottom it measures 8 inches.  First cut your card to an 8 inch length, this time leaving on the decorative end and complete the top as before. Now in exactly the same way back the card with your chosen backing paper. Cut another piece of backing paper approx 4 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches and glue this to the front of your card.Wrap a piece of ribbon around the top of the card just below the bottom petals, join at the front and cover the join with your printed menu.

When you have printed your Menu, make sure you cut the topper out to fit central to the card leaving a small edge of the backing paper showing around the edge. This is where doing a test print is useful to make sure that the font is an acceptable size.

To make the stand for your menu, use the piece of card you cut off the back bottom of your card.  Cut it to approx 2 1/2 inch deep x 4 3/4 wide. Measure to find the centre of  your card then score approx 3mm either side of centre of the card. You now have a book shaped piece of card. On the bottom edge of this card you need to cut at an angle from the tip of each score line, towards the outside edge of the card cutting to approx 1/4 inch down the side of the card. Put tape between the two central score lines and attach to the base of your card. The fact that the card is not straight at the bottom but cut up at an angle allows the card to stand straight on the table.

Two table name plates are made from one die cut end of one card. First cut off the die cut end of the card but this time cut approx 4 inches from the tip of the die cut at centre point. Now cut this exactly in half. With your scissors cut up the outside edge of the card longways, cutting off the curved edge forming a straight line until you reach the area where the leaves start then round the card off to the centre cutting off the tip. You now have a piece of card with pattern on one end, slightly shorter than 4 inches long.  Score from the bottom right hand corner at an angle to the top edge about 1/2 inch before the flower area starts. Fold back the scored area. Your card should now stand leaning slightly backwards. Once again line the back of the card with backing paper and  cut off making sure none shows around the edge. As on your Save the Date card you now need to make an incision on the fold about 1 inch from the bottom right hand corner. Put your ribbon through the hole around the front bottom edge of the card and join with tape at the back. If you form a triangular shape at the back of your card with the ribbon you will find it lies flatter at the front. Add sequins and seed beads to the centre of the flower and add  the name of your guest.

Check back tomorrow for our final Wedding Stationery step by step.

Yvonne

Make Your Own Wedding Invitation

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Today I will show you how I created this Wedding Invitation using Flower Soft Multi Function Die Cuts.

The invitation, which can be for day or evening is made by cutting off the patterned edge about 4mm away from the bottom leaf of the cut out section.  The remainder of the card is then folded in half  making a card about 4 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches. Not quite square but acceptable.

Take your invisible thread, I find it easier to work with it still attached to the spool this stops beads falling off the other end and allows you to vary the length as you are working.  Thread your chosen beads onto the thread.  I used beads of two designs, but it would look just as good with one or more shaped bead, or even two colours.  Thread sufficient beads to reach from the bottom inner petal on the left of the card to the same petal on the right. (The next bit it could be said is the most fiddly, so when you have done one, each item in your stationary will be completed exactly the same with the exception of the RSVP.) Carefully lift the petal and slide the end of the invisible tape under it securing at the back with some of the really stick red tape. Take the other end of the beads and cut the invisible thread leaving enough for you to handle and complete in the same way.

Make sure you have pushed out all of the die cut shapes (best from the back of the card) and  then back with a piece of your chosen paper, using a wet glue. Make sure you do not stick down any of the flower petals which you can slightly raise when all is dry. Cut around the card so that the backing paper does not show around the edges.

Glue a sequin and seed bead to the centre of each flower and leave to dry completely. When dry attach this decorative edge to the left hand side of your card butting the end up level with your base card.

Some people like to complete one stage of each card rather like a assembly line, you get into a rhythm that way and I think it works out quicker.

Next take a piece of ribbon and wrap it round your card securing on the front about 1 3/4 from the bottom.  Again use a high tack tape as ribbon takes some holding. This is where you place your sentiment i.e. Wedding Invitation, Evening Invitation, and the same procedure is used for each item of stationary, its just its location that differs.

Now you’re nearly finished your first card, all that remains to do is cut a piece of your backing paper and glue securely to the inside right of your card, leaving a very small border around the outside to show the colour of your card.  Don’t forget this stationary set can be made from any of the die cut sets, however how many cards you need to complete the set may vary slightly.

When you have printed your invitation simply stick it onto the backing paper, making sure you have it central.  I would do a trial card of each type initially to make sure that the size of font you use will fit into your card.

When you type your sentiments do several to one page, but remember to leave sufficient space around each sentiment to allow you to cut them up, mount them onto another piece of your backing paper, leaving a small edge around to contrast with the cream or white card and with double pads place over the edge of the ribbon at the join.

Your first card is now completed, the rest is easy! Check back tomorrow for another step by step.

Yvonne

Wedding Stationery

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This beautiful hand made wedding stationery set was created using Multi Function Die Cuts from Flower Soft and is designed to be an economical way to create your own wedding stationery. I will be giving detailed step by step instructions on how to create these elegant designs starting tomorrow.


I have used Multi Function Die Cut – Elegant Flowers cards (I chose Ivory but also available in white), a backing paper of your own choice to match in with the colour theme of your wedding and a few matching seed beads and sequins. The only other requirement is ribbon, glue and some invisible thread to use with the beads.  This can be obtained from any haberdashery or even use the thread designed for jewellery making.  A little goes a long way with the beads and the thread and if you shop around you can get small packets of beads at most markets as well as craft shops.  The sentiments have been printed on a cheap home computer along with the inserts onto flower soft paper designed to go with the die cut cards.

In total I have used six cards (10 per pack) from the Multi Function Die Cuts to make a complete set of stationery.

Check back tomorrow for a detailed step by step on how to create the wedding invitation you see on the image above.

Yvonne

New Santa Card Toppers™

Today we are going to take a look at the Forest Santa Card Toppers™ pack which was used to make this card. It comes from a new line of Christmas Card Toppers™ available from today on our website.
The backing paper, that fits perfectly with the theme, came from our Polar Friends CD Rom. To make the topper a little different I put it through my Grand Calibur using Labels Eight die and placed the outside cut frame onto foam pads for height. The sentiments come from our Winter Wonderland Card Creator pads. To finish off place ribbon and bow to the bottom of your card.
You can view more info on these products here…http://www.flower-soft.co.uk/Cart/EC-Selected-Product.php?ProductID=1775 where we have put together a bundle deal with all 3 packs in this range.

Happy crafting
Noreen x

Traditional Christmas Snow Globes CD Launch

Tune into Create & Craft TV (Sky 671, Freeview 36, Freeset 813) or online HERE at 10am on Tuesday 17th July 2012 and see the lovely Noreen McKie launch our brand new Papercraft CD Rom

Check out this video tutorial on how to make a card using the Snow Globes with some of our previous products. The artwork on the new CD have been designed to work perfectly with our Snow Globes and Aperture Card blanks

You can have a sneeky peak on our Facebook page at some the samples that have been made using the new CD

Paul Church has made some of the lovely Box Envelopes in different sizes (they come as one size on the CD)

Here are the instructions on how to make the medium size and small size:

When you have opened the design you want to print and you click “print”, you will see this

You will see an option called “Mulitple”

If you click on “Multiple” you will get the option to change the number

If you change it to “2” you will get the medium sized box

If you change it to “4” you will get the small box