In the magazine, Stamper's Sampler, there is a feature in each issue called "Take Ten" in which there are numerous samples of cards that can be made in about 10 minutes. Well, I'm here to say I can do better than that. That is if you believe spending more time is better.
I began with some beautiful paper, printed on both sides in coordinating patterns. I thought it would be pretty if I folded a corner back. Good idea! Now what do I do on the front? I recently "won" a bunch of old buttons on eBay. (Isn't it funny that you are spending your money, but it's called "winning"?) I found a button. Then I decided to use an old thread card that lucky me also recently won. I had a theme going — sewing!
Next, I thought it would be pretty to use more contrasting paper at the top and use rub-on stitching to give it a sewn look. It looked so pretty! But ... I turned the card over and half of the rub-on stitching came off. So I cut a new strip of paper and rubbed on again, this time being more careful. (I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Why didn't she just go to her sewing machine and do real stitching that would not rub off?" Good question. The answer is my art room has gotten so cluttered I can't find my sewing machine!)
Moving on to the next problem with the card. The back of the card was messed up. I'm not going to tell you how I messed it up — this is already a long post. So now I have to come up with a way to cover the back. Aha! I'll take some of the coordinating striped paper and cover the back, and I can let it overlap to the front a little, making a kind of binding. So I glue the new piece down, fold over to the front, and add more rub-on stitching. I guess I did something wise when I didn't trim the back to the correct width before gluing, leaving it long on purpose thinking I'd trim after gluing to avoid mistakes. And that was a good thing because I then realized I could fold the back forward, making the card a trifold. Here's the inside.
I now have a pretty card, but since I have to cater to pampered furbabies and husband, it has taken me 2 days to get it done. Remember the painting, Girl in Mist, I showed you a few posts back? That 12" x 16" painting was accomplished in an afternoon. Maybe I'll leave the card making to Hallmark.