Monday, 25 June 2012

Seashell Notecards

Fold-over seashells - fun as cards or gift tags.
These seashell notecards are fun and easy to make. You can use them as bon voyage cards, gift tags, or just to write summery messages on. String them on
some raffia to make a bunting for a patio party.  Make them on a rainy day - and think sun and surf.

Here's the pattern:

To make: trace the pattern, cut them out. The larger shells have a "V" to cut
at the top fold - use a craft knife over a cutting mat. Of course, it makes sense
to pencil the radiating lines on the wrong side of the seashell. Now: make an impression. Place the card on a mouse mat or sponge flower-shaping mat. Emboss the lines using an embossing tool and a small metal ruler. 

The cards look fine unadorned, especially if made in pretty pearlescent paper.
But for a crafty finishing touch, you can draw the ridges (I used Tim Holtz Distress markers in light colours) and sponge the edges (Distress Inks applied with Tsukineko Sponge Daubers). For the full monty, embellish with the starfish 
(use a sticky square for lift) and seaweed cut-outs applied with tacky glue.