We’ve been very busy last October. I traveled back home and there are big shifts in Hannah’s life so we haven’t been able to post our DIY’s earlier… Then Halloween and All Saints Day came.. its kinda weird posting Christmas stuff on those days.. so … let’s just pretend it’s still October! 😀
For October (Oh October, where did you go!) we’ll be making DIY cards (as the title so wittingly says.. hehe). I’ll be making 3 DIY cards that will use different kinds of fun crafting methods.
Just to warn you, This is a long post… 🙂
Quilling is so much fun! I’ve only discovered it this year. Hannah brought me to a stationary/craft shop in Abu Dhabi and I got my quilling tool from there. Since then, I’ve made a couple of pretty quilled things.
I know a slotted tool is hard to find, but fear not! To make this card, I used a needle, a mechanical pencil, and my fingers to make the shapes.
If you really want to have your own quilling tool, you can make one:
This site also have cool tutorials on quilling. Here are the entries that shows you how to make a lot of quilling shapes and these tutorials are so easy to follow (and fun too..).
So on to the card..
** I used 3 cm width of quilling paper.
I chose to depict the Barasoain Church to symbolize the Simbang Gabi tradition we have in the Philippines. Its an important landmark in my province and our country. Simbang Gabi means “Night Mass”. It’s called Night Mass but its held in the wee hours of the morning for 9 days, before Christmas. It’s said that when you complete the 9 days, you can make a wish and it will come true. I also added the “Maligayang Pasko” (Merry Christmas) to fill up the space.
The paper I used for this card is the left over metallic gold from our wedding invitations and I used dark blue card stock as my card’s base to make it pop out.
This card uses a little photoshop with the pen tool. It’s not really necessary, you can cut right after drawing, but I think it helps with keeping all those straight lines level and you can make the lines thicker. Here’s a great video tutorial about the pen tool : Falling Knowledge – photoshop tutorial pen tool for beginners
1. Enjoy the process, take your time.
2. Use a blade with a sharp tip.
3. Cut away from the corners.
** click on the image to enlarge.
I finally got to make a Parol :). This card is really simple to make.
I started with a 10×10 cm shiny origami paper and cut it into a pentagon.
Here’s a diagram on how to make a pentagon from a square.
Then fold the pentagon into a star. I found a pefect tutorial on how to fold the star. I don’t want to “reinvent the wheel” so just click here for the instructions: Five Pointed Origami Star
If you are still in the mood to make envelopes, here’s a cool blog about making beautiful envelopes. I think it would make your DIY card extra special.
*Her site is really cool. There’s a lot of other wonderful tutorials to be inspired from. I definitely recommend exploring!
Other entries in the Ber-Series: