I’m participating in the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Challenge. I have chosen not to go with the prompt for today, but rather I will follow on from my previous post in the challenge (#1 – Pattern.)
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In my first post for this challenge, I spoke of the patterns we can create using the Cuttlebug craft machine. I had so many comments and queries that I decided to do a short series on this, posting on the topic each Monday for the month.
For those who didn’t read the post (available here) this is what the machine looks like.
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There are, of course, a number of different models, including bigger ones, electronic machines, and even one that works via the computer. But mine is just the lowly cuttlebug and I wouldn’t swap it for anything.
Saturday 07 October was World Card-making Day! Can you believe it? Is there anything that is not celebrated by an annual day?
Cards have played a key role in society for hundreds of years. There was the calling card used in Victorian days by gentlemen wanting to arrange a date with a lady and the dance card, where the ladies filled out the names of the men who wanted to dance with her. Today we make great use of business cards, giving our details to anyone we want to give them to; invitation cards, birthday cards, thank you cards, get-well cards, mother’s day cards and Father’s Day cards . . . and so the list goes on.
In 2006, Paper Craft magazine made the decision that every first Saturday in October should be celebrated as the World Card-making Day, and card-makers across the world are encouraged to make cards on that day and publicize them on social media.
As I mentioned in my last post on the topic, I belong to a great group of ladies who get together about once a month and learn new card-making techniques. It is great fun creating when you are surrounded by others with the same interest. Unfortunately, due to all sorts of other commitments, we weren’t able to get together on The Day this year, but a number of us planned to make cards anyway.
My Card-making Day
This year, I was involved with a morning’s meeting that took the whole morning, then I had a certain blogging challenge to catch up with (guess which one!) So I only got down to cards at about 4 pm. I couldn’t wait. I had a number of new embossing folders and cutting dies to try out on my cuttlebug.
First, I cut the basic card out of firm white card stock. I decided to start with small square cards, as I have a small order for 6. I then cut background layers in contrasting colors, and dry embossed them.
To dry emboss, I first created a sandwich of processing plates which came with the machine. The A plate is the thickest and is always used as the bottom of the sandwich. I then put my card inside the embossing folder of my choice, and then used two B plates, one on either side of the folder.
Here is an embossing folder which makes a very pretty background (Christmas trees).
I put red card inside the folder, then I turned the handle and fed the sandwich through between the rollers (just like Granny’s old mangle!) Out came the result.
Once I had sufficient backgrounds, I turned to my new Cuttlebug dies. This time the sandwich comprised a B plate and a C plate, which is thicker. The die went face down onto the card stock. Once again, I fed it through the rollers, and out came my images. This is obviously a very simple description and there are many tricks of the trade I have learned, and continue to learn, to use when dies don’t cut easily the first time.
A start on Christmas
Here is the result of my few hours work. (See the Christmas tree background on the red card, behind the silver bells.) In the background, the television showed me Bangladesh battling to defend themselves against South Africa on the cricket pitch.
About the challenge
Those participating in the challenge are members of the Write Tribe Blogging group on FaceBook. We are committed to post at least twice a week for the month of October on Mondays and Fridays. There is no specific theme, but we have an optional prompt for each post. I plan to write about card-making with the Cuttlebug each Monday for the month, and I will continue my series on blogging on Fridays (instead of Thursdays).