simple is better: ephemeral cards

by Admin on 24/02/2008

in Green Crafting, Whip Up Tutorials

Note cards made with just one simple punch. – After the frustration of shopping and the seemly high price of each component I needed to make a few note cards, I challenged myself to make cards using common things I had, a black pen, glue stick, a hole punch and flower shape punch and gathering things I usually throw away, junk mail and sample paint chips.

I started with a simple design. Using junk mail to punch out flower shapes. It is surprising what a cute flower chicken nuggets can make.

Sort through the pile of paint chips you’ve gathered and find a good background color. Trim the paint chip and glue on flowers pieces, tip: it is best to work in odd numbers for the flowers and don’t put them all on the paint chip, have some hanging over the end as it makes for a more interesting design (asymmetry). Also cut stem and a couple leaves and glue them all down with a glue stick. Add centers – using the hole punch on a paint chip.

At this stage it looks kinda plain. The magic happens with a few doodley lines with a black pen. No one has to be an artist to do this just outline bits here and there. This ‘sets’ the flowers down on the card and makes them look finished. Now: no rules just enjoy making some simple cards. Added a small flower punch and notice using the ‘hole’ as a flower.

Also try adding junk mail and magazine letters and sewing down the paint chip and adding button centers and some crayon scribbles.

About the maker: Arlene McComas: Upon entering Arlene’s studio you can’t help but notice the wide array of materials in boxes and bins and baskets around her large work table. On a closer look one notices that most materials had a previous life. Arlene enjoys recycling, re-purposing and making do. No wonder she calls her studio a “Magic Room”. Magic happens here as ordinary things are combined and put together making things to please the eye and gladden the heart.

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1 laf February 24, 2008 at 7:48 am

This is a really neato idea – i wouldn’t have thought of it – great work!

Thanks for sharing too.


2 futuregirl February 24, 2008 at 10:23 am

I love the purple paint chip one. It’s fantastic!


3 texcilla February 24, 2008 at 9:51 pm



4 Poppins February 24, 2008 at 11:46 pm

This is a great idea. Full of style and whimsy, but not too complicated to do. I just love the look of these.


5 Elizabeth February 25, 2008 at 3:39 am

great reminider that sometimes the basics are best! :>


6 Kyla February 25, 2008 at 5:37 am

Oh, how cool! I’ve made a lot of cards similar to these; I love using paint chips! Totally cool to see others’ takes on non-traditional art materials =]


7 Pat February 27, 2008 at 1:57 am

What a great idea and cards are so expensive.


8 nupi April 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

so cute… i love it..


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