Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Printed Card


So here's a little show and tell of my first creations using the printed fabrics from my original drawings.


I went in search of card stock in my local suburb on the weekend.


The only thing that I could find was the local scrapbooking shop.....


.....which had this not so nice quality card stock.


Have you ever walked into a scrapbooking shop before? Well golly gee, I hadn't! I suppose it's just like stepping foot into a place like Amitie... only for lovers of paper.

The thing that I don't really understand about scrapbooking (and I don't want to offend any scrapbookers), but there's quite a lot of things already pre-prepared. Fifty percent of the shop must have been dedicated to things that just peel and stick (and those things are expensive)!. Does that take away from the creativity?

Back onto the topic at hand - if anyone has some tips on where to find really nice high quality pre-prepared card stock, I would love to know.... in the meantime, I've been challenged to create something with that fabric Medicare Tax statement!

29 comments:

Liesl said...

Wow, they look amazing - I love all your designs! Hopefully you will be stocking them in the Curlypops shop soon. :)

I always find it hard to find nice cardstock (because I am not a scrapper or cardmaker and are yet to understand the ways of the paper world!). I've ended up getting a paper trimmer with both a blade and scorer and making up my own, which works really well (apart from the bit where you have to do the work!).

Ady said...

love the cards! Especially the first one.

Janice said...

How clever are you. They look great. I went looking for blank cards to put some of my photos on and found some at a local stationers but had to buy a minimum of 50. The price per card was good, but the total was quite expensive as I didn't want nearly that many, so I didn't buy them. I thought it would be easy to find them, but not so.

Fiona said...

Wow - have you really machine stitched the fabric to the card? That would never have occurred to me! I love, love, love those tulips. I'd love to have those as table mats - that's what I thought you'd be making with your prints (I obviously got the size completely wrong!)

Jennie said...

I've found a variety of good card stock, plus ready-cut-&-folded cards at Deans Art in Fitzroy. A bit of a trip for you! But your nearest proper art supply shop may be able to help.

Sonia said...

Okay - now you're just showing off!!!;) I LOVE these cards. You are seriously talented.

Cards are my other love. So much fun. You are absolutely right about the pre-prepared bits and pieces. Scrapbooking is so time-consuming that there is a huge market for a shortcuts on creating a scrapbook page - just peel and stick. I used to scrapbook a little but found it very time-consuming and switched to cardmaking. Far more satisfying for me. I love stitching on cards too, just like you have.

Have I mentioned you are seriously talented?

Jennie said...

These are beautiful Cam!!

I just get my cards from a scrap book type place, but they are just standard - not a very heavy weight.
I went to a friends scrapbooking 'night', and felt very restricted. As we had to make cards using what they told us to use. I felt there was no creativity at all, and wanted to use different colours...etc. I know this was just to teach us how to do it, but they all turned out looking almost exactly the same - aaarggh!

Melanie said...

I go here for card and paper of many types: http://www.kwdoggett.com.au/pedigree-paper/ (Preston). They do have some pre-folded cards (I think 'cardstock' is just another name for the unfolded card), and loads and loads of stuff if you want to fold your own, at great prices :)

I'm overwhelmed by the awesomeness of scrapbooking supplies too, but also by the prices. I think scrapbooking is like anything though - you can be as creative (or not) as you choose to be.

Melanie said...

PS, I love your cards :)

Selina said...

They look great Cam. I think paper and printing supplies stores would be the way to go, though I have never really been in search of cardstock. And I totally can not wait to see what you come up with for the medicare statement!

The Creative Beast said...

AWESOME!! these look FABULOUS - so beautiful and colorful...

I hear you on the pre-packaged goods but I think it can be helpful to those just starting out who are not as experienced with creating =-)

Little Ted Canvas said...

They look brilliant! Hanging out to see the medicare statement...

nicole said...

they look amazing!!!
can't wait to see what becomes of the medicare statement though :D

crafty things said...

Great looking prints on those cards!

You could try buying a pad of watercolour paper from an art supply shop. If you stick to an A5 size all you need to do is tear off and fold in half. Something like this http://www.arthousedirect.com.au/pages/mainproduct.php?id=201

Cass said...

They look great Cam. I actually just buy the blank cards from Kmart. I think it is 50 cards for $12. They are probably not as thick as you want though. I use them mainly to sew vintage book pictures on them to make cards or cut them up to make small tags. If you don't have a Kmart nearby I am happy to grab some and post if you want to try them or I can just pop a couple out of the pack I just bought and pop them in the mail

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Love the cards Cam- fab!
I went inot a scrap booking shop in search of a tiny hole punch which I found - but i agree , it all seems like you just stick in to gether and a lot of it I just find a bit over the top- a bit to ... embellished perhaps?

Caroline said...

We have a shop in Bris called "The Paper Connection" and it specialises in invitation making (as well as some scrapbooking and stationary). They have a lot of stuff to do DIY invites for parties and weddings etc so have a good range of card stock, so maybe there is something similar in Melbourne? Your cards look great! My favourite is the tulip one.

Miss Amy said...

Have you looked in Officeworks? I have bought some cardstock from there before. Also, spotlight might have some if you dare brave that mess of a place! Oh and that party place near spotlight next to tigers? Not sure, but maybe?

I too dont get scrapbooking, I feel like I cant manipulate paper the way I can fabric, It doesnt fit my creative genre. (I just made that up, sounded really good didnt it?) My sisters all scrapbook and cut all those little stick on bits by hand with scalpels and stuff, very impressive!

Megan.K. said...

I love these Cam - especially the first one. So clever - is there anything you can't do??
Since getting my new sewing machine I've been experimenting with sewing fabrics, cards and paper - huge fun!
Oh, thank you for the link in the previous post for printable fabric - I think that's my next creative project :)
x

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Can I borrow one of your made up words, and say they are fantabulous! Really, truly.
(I love sewing onto card too, I buy my very ordinary card where ever I find it, from some of the big arty-fabric shops, and I got a 100 pack at the Crafts and Stitches Show earlier in the year, but I really want to check out KWDoggett now for some much nicer card)

teddybearswednesday said...

Your cards are just stunning Cam.
I get my card stock at Paper point, they came in bundles of 25 I think. I think they are pretty good. xo

Maree: said...

They look Fabulous..well done.
cheers

Quilary said...

There's really only one word for these - STUNNING! oh and CLEVER! and GORGOEOUS!

Emma said...

Ha, I am so with you on the scrapbooking sentiment (again no offence to scrapbookers intended at all)... I had to laugh as I had a conversation on the exact same lines with my mother today! We were talking about a papercrafts show - Hobbycrafts I think it's called - in the UK which is just piled high with stickables and pre-made card toppers... ??? I agree, where's the creativity? I don't get card toppers - just go buy a card and save your money I say...

perhaps it's just my ignorance!?! Te he!

xx

Emma said...

PS - forgot to say - loving your printing!! xx

Rach said...

Lovely! Paper - officeworkds? I got some from there but it may not be thick enough. Or Eckersley's?

m.e (Cathie) said...

gorgeous Cam!!!
I get paper from here http://www.kwdoggett.com.au/paper

Renae said...

These are fabulous!
I used to be a scrapper, but lost interest once everything became really pre-made. It takes away from the photos!
My fav scrap shops with decent paper are way out in Ringwood!

Marguerite said...

Heh -- the pre-mades -- I feel that way too, but I feel that way about calling a sweater "homemade" if that means you have a knitting machine at home and are capable of turning it on; and saying you "made" a quilt if you just turned on your longarm program and had it quilt for you. I'm not opposed to machines (heck, I'm on a computer right now, and do most of my sewing by machine), but there's a bit of difference between machine-aided production and complete mechanization that happens to take place in your home. (/hobbyhorse)