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Dimensional Ornament Card Project with free template and patterned paper download
you will be entered to win a copy of any of the Quayside Publishing Group's Craft Titles!
So here ya go, copy and paste these into the comment section and let your fingers do the typing!
1. What is your favorite CRAFT book?
1.A. What is it about that book that makes you love it so much?
2. What is your favorite NON-CRAFT book?
3. What is your current project?
4. What "craft/technique" is next on your list of "to-do's"
5. What do you make to give as gifts?
6. What do you make for yourself?
7. What is your favorite place to get inspiration?
8. Do you make your own greeting/holiday cards?
9. What is your favorite thing that inspires you?
10. What music are you listening to now?
11. What holiday do you craft mostly for?
12. What topic/technique would you like to have a book on?
13. Who in the crafting world inspires you most?
14. Taken from Ravelry, What is your favorite curse word? (just cause I love this question!)
And as my "thank you" card for answering I have this dimensional ornament card project and everything you need to make it!
First the inspiration came from this page from the killer book:
With designers constantly working for clients and having a limited amount of freedom in much of their work, the chance to strike out on their own and do something truly original and personal is a real luxury.
The cards included represent some of the most creative design available, so they are a wonderful source of inspiration for all types of projects.
All designers and design firms, whether in-house or freelance, create their own greeting cards, which serve not only as a greeting card, but also as an opportunity to show off their work in a totally unique and uninhibited light. In addition, they are the perfect project because they are small enough so they are not incredibly time consuming nor are they very expensive to produce–even with unique materials or treatments.
Peter King & Company a design communications group, has developed concept-driven solutions for corporate, institutional, and individual clients since 1994. Clients include IBM Lotus software, Seachange International, Massachusetts Coalition for School Based Health Centers, and the Peabody Essex Museum.
So I got inspired by this page:
Click on page to enlarge.
In the upper right corner there are these great dimensional ornament cards. So here is the pattern I used to make my version:
Print this template out.
Then print out this great pattern from a book packed with even more eye candy:
113 unique and original patterns in print and on an included CD!
After a goldmine of cultural and subconscious information, the history of patterns parallels and informs the history of humanity. After decades of modern minimalism and clear lines, people are enjoying a return to more playful design, rich in colors and textures.
Pattern-making and pattern design, in particular, has made a major comeback as a way to embellish a surface with their use often displaying unexpected depths. Indeed, we have witnessed a revival in enriched, traditional motifs, and seen them applied in thought-provoking ways, in an unlimited variety of designs and textures.
The use of new computer technologies has brought about surprising, often intricate results, on an aesthetic as well as conceptual level.
In the most recent years, counter reactions to that which is digital, are visible in the work of crafty designers who embrace illustration and a hand-made, do-it-yourself aesthetic, while taking full advantage of the versatility and speed computer programs can afford them.
Cutting-Edge Patterns and Textures is a stimulating book featuring full-page, color images of inspired patterns and boasts an eclectic array of styles from all around the world.
This book is destined to become a desktop reference for professional and amateur designers alike.
Estel Vilaseca completed her Audiovisual Communications degree at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona at around the same time she created a forerunning digital fashion magazine. Her professional career is geared towards graphic design, fashion, and visual trends in general. After working with Dresslab, Neomoda and an influent communications agency specialized in fashion, she now dedicates herself entirely to editing, for maomao as well as for a personal project.
So now you have your template and your pattern paper.
Cut the template out and fold it in half. Cut each interior line on one side almost but not quite to the center fold.
Hold the template up to the patterned paper on the back and align the template where the pattern looks nice to you.
Then transfer the exterior circle outline onto the back of the paper and cut out it out of the pattern paper.
Then transfer the interior cut lines and cut out again to just before the center fold.
To make the little metal part on top of the ornament to hang it from I cut a piece of an aluminum can about 5/8 inch wide and an inch long (using the inside). I scalloped one of the short ends. I then folded it in half and glued the paper ornament in between the metal flaps.
I then punched a hole in the metal tab.
I then made a hook with a short piece of 20 gauge wire and linked it into the hole.
Splay the 1/2 rings, some to the back and some to the front and you are good to go! Well actually you're good to hang it on your tree but not to give it away.
Well, do not despair my paper lovin' peeps, come on back tomorrow 'cause Santa came early and I have a cool origami envelope from the book,Origami Sourcebook: Beautiful Projects and Mythical Characters, Step-by-Step (in the photo with the ornament) that is perfect for this little ball of joy!
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And speaking of new books from The Quayside Publishing Group you will not want to miss another fabulous one on the subject greeting cards that will be available January 2009:
Laura McFadden, with Deborah Baskin
Even in this current day and age, where we are all senders and receivers of voluminous emails, handmade greeting cards, stationery, and invitations never lose their charm or fail to touch the heart. This book is a delightful showcase of 1,000 exciting and contemporary hand-designed greeting cards, with examples that feature a wide array of paper craft techniques, including: paper cutting, paper stencils, stamping, punching, stitchery, monoprints, screenprints, paper piecing, and more.
Laura McFadden runs her own graphic design studio, Laura McFadden Design, Inc., and has contributed to various craft books and magazines. She is co-author with April Paffrath of The Artful Bride: Wedding Invitations and The Artful Bride: Wedding Favors & Decorations. Her most recent book is 100 Ideas for Stationery, Cards, and Invitations.
As soon as I get my advance copy, you will be sure to have an inside peek! I can't wait.