Elegant and Three-Dimensional Greeting Cards

Alessandra Colfi of Mission Beach, Calif., finds card-making is therapeutic for stress.

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Working in the fast-paced world of the fashion industry, Alessandra Colfi was in need of an artistic outlet to reduce her stress level. She found it with her elegant, handmade, three-dimensional greeting cards.

Materials and Tools:

Teton cover with a deckle edge pre-cut textured 80 lb. card stock
envelope to match texture and deckle edge
silver gel pen
small paintbrush
cup with water
4" x 6" postcard or cardboard
4" square cardboard pattern
Unryu fuschia mulberry paper
pink Thai lace paper
pink sheer ribbon
fuschia satin ribbon
bright pink feather butterfly
3 fuschia miniature paper flowers with wired stems
2 pink miniature paper flowers with wired stems
light acrylic paint in fuschia and pink
green paper leaf with stem
paper glue
hot glue gun
hot glue stick

Steps:

1. Fold the card stock in half, so that the finished size of the card is 5" x 7". Let the deckle edge show on the front of the card. Set the card aside.
2. Open the sheet of fuschia paper and place the postcard on it.
3. Dip the paintbrush in water. With the wet brush, mark one side at a time of the paper along the edge of the postcard. Tear each side along the wet mark. The edges get fuzzy, showing the texture and fibers of the paper, but the lines are straight.
4. Spread paper glue on the surface of the card, paying attention to leave 1/2 inch all around without any glue.
5. Place the fuschia paper rectangle on the card and smooth it all over with your hand.
6. The same way you cut the background in fuschia, now tear the edges to make a pink square, which is going to be wrapping the flowers.
7. Apply glue in a straight line down the middle of the fuschia background.
8. Place the pink square paper on top of the fuschia background by positioning it in a diamond layout, one corner up and the opposite down, on the top and bottom edge of the fuschia paper.
9. Make a bouquet arrangement with all the flowers to create a pleasant, balanced look, and tie one stem around the others in a spiral to hold them all in place.
10. Drop a little bit of glue on the back of the leaf and glue it in place on the upper edge of the pink diamond paper.
11. Place the flower bouquet in the middle, showing a bit of the leaf. Drop hot glue on the stems to hold them in place.
12. Fold the pink wrap in around the flowers and out towards the outside. Hold the pleats in place with more hot glue.
13. Make a bow with both ribbons together, making sure they both show neatly. Hot glue it on top of the wrap, where it closes. Hot glue the butterfly on top of the bow.

Website: www.AlessandraColfi.com

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