Being a papercrafter, I really want to handcraft cards for my husband for special occasions. Right now, that personal touch especially means a lot to add to my greetings to him.
Unfortunately, mail regulations and screening at the Department of Corrections make it somewhat difficult to get a handmade card through to my husband, as well as hard to predict whether my work of art will get to him or not. One thing that DOC supposedly doesn’t like is glued layers on an item – eliminating most papercrafting techniques. They also don’t allow any metal items, so no using brads or any of the other popular metal embellishments right now. Finally I realized that the simplest way to bring him something I created would be to create digitally. It’s not perhaps exactly the homespun, textured, imperfect handmade look I would prefer to bring him a piece of home with, but it does let me create something just for him.
I tried this for the first time with his anniversary card back in April, and was very pleased with the results.
Since I am terrible at designing card layouts, I started with an 8.5×11 template (Designer Digials – Cathy Zielske Layered Template #33) as my base and then resized it A2 card size (a quarter of an 8.5×11 sheet) when I was done.
Supplies – (all by Designer Digitals) Layered Template #33 by Cathy Zielske, Haley Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet, Exceptionally by Jesse Edwards, Summer Splendor Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet, In Distress: My Love Paper Pack by Lynn Grieveson, Flossy Stitches No. 2 by Katie Pertiet, Summer Splendor Brushes by Katie Pertiet, Paper Word Strips by Katie Pertiet (Love No. 1).
Working with the template worked so well, I will definitely try that shortcut again!
Another bonus to creating a card digitally: when I create them with paper I find myself frustrated that the scales of the patterns are never correct for the size of the piece that I want. I find myself buying a lot of 6×6 paper pads to get papers in the correct scale for making cards with. In digital, I can just resize the design of my regular papers until it is exactly the scale that I want. I have access to my whole library of papers – I’m not limited to my special card making papers!
To send this card, I just resized the canvas that I was working on in PSE 9 so that it was the size of the card (front and back, unfolded) with the design in the correct location (far right) to appear on the front after folding. Then I printed it on nice cardstock and trimmed and folded it. After that all that was to do was grab an envelope!