Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Eco-Chic (&free!) Valentines Placecards - A Tutorial & FREE download

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This is a quick project that cost ZERO dollars, made completely from materials I had on-hand, basic office supplies, a corner punch and recycled magazines!

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I took index cards and used a corner punch to decorate the edges.  TIP: when using a corner punch, use it upside down so you can see exactly what you are doing!

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Next, I used a red felt-tipped pen to outline the edges.  I didn't try to do it perfectly, my vision was that they would look more home-spun and charming.  I followed the lines of the punched corner, then drew a straight line down each side.

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Next, I leafed through my stack of magazines that I use for my business.  I love the "ransomed" look and have even used it to make a few of my Fender Washer Necklaces:
but I digress!

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After I had selected all the letters and my lovely assistant, Jordan had cut them out - I grabbed some scrapbooking papers left over from a previous project (I don't throw anything out, much to my husband's dismay!)

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I trimmed the scrapbook paper into roughly 1 1/2 inch squares (again, NOT perfect!) then applied the ransom-cut letters.  Next, I grabbed my corner punch and gave them a trim too.

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Then Starburst (our cat) came to investigate.  She's always ready to be a part of a project!

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Last, we attached the scrapbook square to the punched index cards with a glue stick. I finished them off with a heart sticker in the lower right corner for visual balance.

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Violia!  Valentine's themed placecards!
(The silver heart with wings?  The heart was a pendant and the "wings" are a pair of vintage shoe clips.  I'm planning to make a [ReDeemed] necklace out of these soon, but I couldn't wait to share them!)

I'm using these for my BUNKO group - it's my turn to host so I asked each lady to bring a dish that started with one letter from VALENTINES.  These will be placed in front of each dish with the title/description.

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