Thursday, 15 May 2008

I really want to make cards.........

......but end up making gift tags instead! Over the years I have bought a vast quantity of papers, cardstock and embellishments with the view to making my own cards. I have made a few cards before but have always been disappointed with the quality of the cardstock. If I buy pre-scored cardstock it has to have a perfect fold in the middle or else I can't use it! It also has to be a thick and heavy quality paper like water colour paper. My reasoning is that if I am going to put time and effort into making a card then I want to use the best material available.

I have tried folding my own cardstock and even with the paper trimmer, guillotines and card folding devices I still am not satisfied with how the card folds and looks. Has any one else out there had these problems with making cards? I am talking about rectangle/square cards as I guess with a shaped card it wouldn't be such a problem. (I would still get annoyed about the crease though.)

Then there is the problem of whether or not to put an insert into the card or to hand stamp a message - decisions, decisions...........

I think for the time being I am better off making tags. You know where you are with a tag. No folding, no inserts.

14 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

those elephant tags are fantastic!!! I know what you mean about wanting things to be just right - but I tend to end up making things in such a rush that I HAVE to compromise!

Lucy x

dottycookie said...

Your tags are lovely!

It drives me mad when I spend good money on prefolded cards and they aren't perfectly lined up - it's all that origami I did when I was little I expect!

Gina said...

Oh these are so sweet Simone! ~ especially love the elephants :O)
I know what you mean about cards..the last lot I ordered were flimsy, no where near as good as previous batch, just can't remember where I got the good ones! Gx

this is my patch said...

You're an expert at tags Simone, I would stick to those. I am with you on the fold, I am very fussy, and if something doesn't look more or less perfect, then I don't buy it. You have a good eye for detail, keep up the good work. x

Sal said...

Gorgeous tags...stick to those! Sal;-)

Ragged Roses said...

Your tags are great! Love the elephant ones. I was trying to draw an elephant the other day and ended up with a dinosaur.
Kimx

Ali said...

How gorgeous are those elephants? I'd revel in my niche if I were you.

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Hi Simone! What fabulous tags! There's no need to make cards when you already have something so wonderful. :)

I know what you mean about the cards. Sometimes the cards I get don't have the edge line up. Then I usually put the longer edge in the front so at least it doesn't show from that side! But do you have an Archiver's store near where you live? They sell a card scorer, which I have used at their store but haven't bought (yet). I was very impressed because it turned out the way pre-scored cards do, but you can line it up how YOU want it, so it can be centered. Might be worth a try if you decide you want to venture into cards again.

http://www.archiversonline.com/

greenbeanbaby said...

these are all DARLING DARLING DARLING!!!!! wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i like notecards for the same reason you like tags... no folds, no inserts... that is how i made my bird cards... like your tags :) and it works!!

beautiful simone!!! wow, I MEAN WOWWWWWW!!!!

Katherines Dream said...

Your Tag's are perfect...and I am sure your cards are too. I think that everything I make is never as good as somebody else's.
I am pleased you think the charity shop throw is a nice one...I was not sure but it so well made and lovely and soft.
Carol xx

Dragonfly said...

Last Christmas, I bought what I thought were folded cards only to find they were really postcards - I made them into my Christmas cards anyway and they looked great and no folding. Less paper to throw away too!
Your gift tags are just gorgeous.

Maddy said...

Ahh a girl after my own heart, I love paper so much. The only way I find I get a good fold is to run the blunt edge of a knife along the crease line a couple of times and then fold firmly. I then run the edge of my blunt knife across the fold to really press it. Hope that helps. Love the tags too.

Cowboys & Custard said...

Why make cards when you make such amazing tags!!
No seriously.. it is very frustrating finding quality materials but I can recommend a supplier of top notch card if you are willing to buy in large quantities.. 1000's. Email me if you are interested.

Michelexx
Your Nellies are gorgeous!

periwinkle said...

Maybe you have found your 'forte' in making tags. I've been thinking a lot about this lately, what my forte is and if I've even got one. Milo is well pleased with his pressies, he got another one yresterday too1
Lisa x