Computer shaker card for birthday

This card started from the idea to make a computer. My other half’s son decided to build a computer for himself, and since we also contributed with parts for the birthday, I obviously wanted to create a suitable card to go along with it. I hope the “computer” is recognizable in the picture. I think it looks pretty simple, but I’ve used a lot of different materials there.

  1. The card base is a stronger A4 paper – I folded it into three so that the “screen” could stand with the support of the “keyboard”.
  2. The background picture is design paper from the Piatek Trzynastego “Beyond the sea”.
  3. Around the picture I built a frame from cardboard strips to fill it with beads and sequins for shaking.
  4. After filling the frame, I covered it with a transparent plastic rectangle. I have started collecting plastic packaging for shaker cards, but it is possible to buy acetate sheets for it.
  5. For the keyboard I managed to use an impulse purchase – I finally put my mosaic pieces to good use.
  6. Cricut helped me with the chrome elements – I cut the letters and frame out of self-adhesive vinyl.

I used to think that it is very hard to make cards for males, but recently I have had better ideas and results for men.

Helmestega arvutikaart sünnipäevaks

See kaart sai alguse sellest, et tahtsin arvutit teha. Mu teisepoole poeg otsustas endale ise arvuti ehitada ja kuna ka meie panustasime sünnipäeva puhul osadega, tahtsin sellele muidugi vastava kaardi kaasa teha. Loodan, et “arvuti” on pildil äratuntav. Minu arust see on peale vaadates üsna lihtne, aga ma olen seal kasutanud päris palju erinevat materjali.

  1. Aluseks on A4 suuruses tugevam must paber – voltisin selle kolmeks, et “ekraani” saaks “klaviatuuri” toel püsti panna.
  2. Taustapilt on disainpaber Piatek Trzynastego komplektist “Beyond the sea”.
  3. Ekraanile ehitasin papiribadest kõrgema raami, et sinna sisse kõristamiseks helmeid ja litreid panna.
  4. Helmestega täidetud raami ja pildi katsin läbipaistva plastikust ristkülikuga. Mina olen seda tüüpi kaartide (shaker) tarbeks hakanud koguma sobiva kujuga plastpakendeid, aga selle jaoks on võimalik osta atsetaatlehti.
  5. Klaviatuuri moodustasin kunagisest impulssostust – lõpuks leidsin rakenduse mosaiigitükkidele.
  6. Kroomelementidega oli mul abiks Cricut – lõikasin tähed ja raami välja iseliimuvast vinüülist.

Mulle tundus varem, et meesterahvastele on väga raske kaarte teha, aga viimasel ajal on mul nende osas just mõte paremini jooksnud ja tulemused õnnestunud.

Easel card with photo camera

This is a simple card where design paper and Cricut came together. I don’t know exactly where this idea came from. Recently I’ve been somehow “locked in my head” and haven’t created much, but I actually have a lot of different ideas. I’ve been watching different step cards in crafting groups lately, because it seemed to me that you could add dimensions with a simple touch. I also planned to make this card with multi-level folding, but instead I decided to keep the camera in focus and solve the matter more easily – in the form of an easel card.

The first elements I chose were the little pictures I put on the photo film. I recently ordered new design papers and was cutting out the pictures. Stamperia’s “Forest” collection contains very beautiful pictures for nature lovers, and since my father is a hobby photographer and he likes to go discovering in the forest, thinking of him, these pictures turned into a photo film in my head.

STAMPERIA Paper Pad 10 Sheets 20.3 x 20.3 (8 x 8 Inches) Double-Sided Forest

As a card base I used a stronger A4 color paper and folded it twice – first in half like a traditional card and then one half again. As this provided me the dimensions, I started looking for a film and a camera for Cricut to cut out. I’m not going to elaborate on my journey with Cricut Design Space software here, but the film was very easy to find and cut out. For the camera, I decided to try layering to add more effect. There was a large selection of pictures on the Internet, and I picked out a beautiful camera, which I then disassembled in the software and cut out of different colored paper.

I taped the finished elements to the card base with double-sided tape. I used thicker tape under the photo film so that it was high enough to hold up the camera. Attaching the camera, I made sure that only the lower half was taped – otherwise the card could not be folded as shown in the picture.

I sent the card to my dad as a retirement gift – he loved it. Apparently the camera is taking good pictures (I am still working on mine).

Easel card with photo camera

Toestatud kaart fotokaameraga

See on selline lihtsam kaart, kus said kokku disainpaber ja Cricut. Ma ei tea enam, kust see idee täpselt tuli. Ma olen vahepeal kuidagi “lukus” olnud ja pole eriti midagi uut meisterdanud, aga peas keerleb mul tegelikult väga palju erinevaid mõtteid. Ma olen viimasel ajal erinevates disainpaberi-gruppides põhiliselt jälginud erinevaid trepikaarte, sest mulle tundus, et nende puhul saab lihtsa liigutusega dimensioone lisada. Ka seda kaarti plaanisin teha esialgu mitmetasandilise voltimisega, aga otsustasin hoopis kaamera fookusesse jätta ja asja lihtsamalt lahendada – toestatud kaardi näol (easel card)

Esimesed elemendid, mis mul käes olid, on need väikesed pildid, mis ma filmilindile paigutasin. Tellisin endale hiljuti uusi disainpabereid ja lõikasin pilte välja. Stamperia “Forest” kollektsioonis on väga ilusad pildid loodushuvilistele ja kuna mu isa on hobifotograaf ja talle meeldib metsas ringi mütata, arenes temale mõeldes nendest pildikestest välja fotofilm.

STAMPERIA Paper Pad 10 Sheets 20.3 x 20.3 (8 x 8 Inches) Double-Sided Forest

Kaardi aluseks võtsin tugevama A4 värvipaberi ja voltisin kaks korda – esialgu pooleks nagu traditsioonilise kaardi ja siis ühe poole veel pooleks. Kuna see andis mulle mõõdud ette, hakkasin Cricutil väljalõikamiseks otsima filmilinti ja kaamerat. Ma ei hakka oma võitlusest Cricut Design Space tarkvaraga siin heietama, aga filmilinti oli väga lihtne leida ja välja lõigata. Kaamera puhul otsustasin proovida kihtide moodustamist, et efekti lisada. Pildivalik oli internetis suur ja ma valisin ühe ilusa kaamera välja, mille siis tarkvaras kihtideks lammutasin ja erinevat värvi paberist välja lõikasin.

Valmis elemendid kleepisin kahepoolse teibiga kaardipõhjale. Filmilindi alla panin paksema teibi, et ta oleks piisavalt kõrge, et kaameraga poolt kinni hoida. Kaamera puhul jälgisin seda, et ainult alumine pool oleks kinni – muidu ei saaks kaarti püsti asetada, nii nagu pildil näha.

Saatsin kaardi Isale pensionipõlve alustamise puhul – talle väga meeldis, pidi hästi pildistama (mina veel õpin).

Toestatud kaart fotokaameraga

My kryptonite – the camera

I like to craft, but I always have a lot of trouble capturing my work results. This is quite ironic because my father has spent my whole conscious life around the camera and my other half also has a photography background. I don’t have a separate digital camera, but I bought my smartphone mainly because of the camera when my little one announced her appearance.

I don’t plan to set up a photo studio, and I don’t have a direct need for it, because I don’t have a business or an online store. But I like beautiful pictures and that’s why I still experiment. When I was at home for a longer time, I took a free trial of LinkedIn Premium and watched several trainings, but for me it was all too much. The precondition for following them was either the purchase of various accessories or very detailed manual settings of the camera.

Since taking pictures of handicraft is more of a side activity for me, I try to find the middle way so that I don’t spend too much time, money and nerves on that. I like to take pictures in natural light, but I never prepare properly and take pictures spontaneously on a handy background when I see nice light. Therefore, it often happens that I can’t focus on the object, but I have to make sure that the background doesn’t interfere.

Looking at the pictures of other crafters, I discovered that they sometimes have picture backgrounds even more beautiful than the cards, so it left me thinking. I like the small easels on which the cards are placed and the background elements that are actually used in crafting – lace, pearls, flowers, etc.

I decided to build something like a small stage out of a cardboard box and order some larger pages of design paper that would work well as a background. When my other half understood what I was working on, he decided to make my life easier again and ordered a mini photo tent instead.

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Amazon.de: Anstore 20 x Wooden Mini Easel (15 x 8 cm)

I had seen them, but I didn’t pay much attention before, because I thought it was too high skill level for me. I expected that I would need to buy different lamps to use it, but it also works with daylight – just the way I like it! My tent also comes with different colored backgrounds that can be attached, but I experimented with design papers instead. How does it look?

Minu krüptoniit – kaamera

Mulle meeldib nokitseda, aga mul on alati suur häda oma töötulemuste pildile püüdmisega. See on üsna irooniline, sest mu isa on terve mu teadliku elu kaameraga ringi toimetanud ja mu teinepool on samuti fotograafiataustaga. Mul ei ole eraldi digikaamerat, aga ostsin endale nutitelefoni põhiliselt kaamera pärast, kui tibu endast märku andis.

Mul ei ole plaanis püsti panna fotostuudiot ja mul ei ole selleks ka otsest vajadust, sest mul ei ole äritegevust ega veebipoodi. Aga mulle meeldivad ilusad pildid ja seetõttu ma ikkagi katsetan edasi. Kui ma kodune olin, võtsin endale vahepeal LinkedIn Premiumi tasuta proovikuu ja vaatasin sealt erinevaid koolitusi, aga minu jaoks olid need kõik liig. Nende järgimise eelduseks oli kas suure lisavarustuse ostmine või kaamera väga detailne seadistamine.

Kuna minu jaoks on käsitöö pildistamine pigem lisategevus, siis proovin leida keskteed, et sinna mitte liiga palju aega, raha ja närve kulutada. Mulle meeldib pildistada loomulikus valguses, aga ma ei valmistu kunagi korralikult ette ja teen spontaanselt pilte käepärasel taustal, kui näen ilusat valgust. Seetõttu juhtub tihti nii, et ma ei saa keskenduda objektile, vaid pean jälgima, et taust ei segaks.

Teiste käsitööliste pilte vaadates olen avastanud, et neil on taustad vahel isegi ilusamad kui kaardid ja seetõttu jäin selle peale mõtlema. Mulle hakkasid meeldima väikesed molbertid, mille peale kaarte pannakse, ja taustaelemendid, mida tegelikult kasutatakse ka meisterdamisel – pitsid, pärlid, lilled jne.

Ma otsustasin, et ehitan endale pappkastist midagi väikese lava moodi ja tellin endale mõned suuremad disainpaberi lehed, mis sobiksid taustaks. Kui mu Teinepool aru sai, mille kallal ma toimetan, otsustas ta jälle mu elu lihtsamaks teha ja tellis mulle hoopis minifototelgi.

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Ma olin neid näinud, aga eriti ei süvenenud, sest arvasin, et see on minu jaoks liiga kõrge pilotaaž. Ma eeldasin, et selle kasutamiseks on vaja osta erinevaid lampe, aga see toimib ka päevavalgusega – täpselt nagu mulle meeldib! Minu telgil on kaasas ka erineva värviga taustad, mida saab krõpsuga kinnitada, aga ma katsetasin seni hoopis disainpaberitega. Kuidas tundub?

Magical watercolor forest

Occasionally television can offer very useful information. One morning we were watching cartoons with the little one and Art Ninja was also in the mix. It is a kids’ crafting show we’ve come across before, but so far the projects seemed a bit complicated and I haven’t relly picked up any of them. This time it also caught the attention of the little one and in the evening she asked to paint with a brush.

I found an A3 sized drawing paper and created some shapes with masking tape. Then she could just enjoy herself and paint the entire sheet of paper with watercolors. We let the picture dry overnight and the next morning the picture offered additional activities – we had to take off the tape and see what was peeling from below. Since my little one is now very interested in stickers, for her pulling of the strips of tape was probably even more exciting than painting. The larger strips stuck to the paper quite tightly and peeled some paper with them, but I think it made the picture more realistic – otherwise the tree trunks would have been too straight and symmetrical.

Magical watercolor forest
Removing the tape

If your child can’t or doesn’t want to draw shapes and you’re not convinced in your artwork either, try this quick project – it will help everyone become an artist.

Vesivärvidest maagiline mets

Televiisorist võib teinekord täiesti kasulikku infot saada. Vaatasime ühel hommikul tibuga multifilme ja sinna sekka sattus ka Ninjakunstnik. See on üks meisterdamissaade, mille peale oleme varemgi sattunud, kuid enne tundusid mulle ta projektid natuke keerulised ja pole ühtegi ette võtnud. Seekord jäi see ka tibule silma ja õhtul küsiski ta pintsliga värvida.

Leidsin talle A3 joonistuspaberi ja kleepisin maalriteibiga kujundid peale. Siis sai ta rahulikult vesivärvide ja pintsliga kogu paberilehe üle võõbata. Lasime pildil üle öö kuivada ja järgneval hommikul pakkus pilt veel lisategevust – teip oli ju vaja maha võtta ja vaadata, mis sealt alt koorub. Kuna tibu on praegu suur kleepsuhuviline, oli tema jaoks teibiribade tõmbamine vist isegi põnevam kui värvimine. Suuremad ribad jäid paberi külge üsna kõvasti kinni ja nendega koos koorus ka natuke paberit, aga minu arust tegigi see pildi realistlikumaks – muidu oleksid puutüved liiga sirged ja sümmeetrilised.

Vesivärvidest maagiline mets
Teibi eemaldamine

Kui su laps ei oska või taha veel kujundeid joonistada ja sa ise ei ole enda kunstiandes samuti veendunud, proovide seda kiiret projekti – selle abil saavad kõik kunstnikuks.

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