Saturday, April 2, 2011

ATC Originals Family Fun Sunday: Turn Victorian Frames Into Pretty Cards!

This was such a fun project! It's been such a learning experience for me especially! And I've so much left to learn---funny how trying one's hand at creating new projects in PDF format, etc., can really show where more learning is required! For me, this was just further proof that that learning can truly be fun.

There are Instructions to be had with this project. Simply follow the links to the Printable PDFs for all of the details.
Possible variations on this theme might include faces of important family members, grandkids, and so on, one to each "frame," or only one frame on the top facing fold, with messages and artwork added through all of the folds instead of more frames. I'd like to suggest cardstock or some equally heavy paper for the envelope, but if your printer tends to get overly fussy over heavy weight paper, there's always lamination.
You could print this on a soft pastel or white paper, then laminate it firmly with some great adhesive such as Yes Paste or Matte Gel Medium. I'd like to recommend, for best results, taking your print-offs to your local copy center, where they hopefully will have toner-based color copy machines. Otherwise, any inkjet pigment from your home printer could smear, as it is water soluble. Once this is accomplished, or if you have other means for keeping components hooked together, you'll be ready for the next step, which is to let the assembled portions dry, maybe even overnight, depending upon your local climate, and then to cut around the edges of the printable envelope to get the right shape and size.

Finally, refer to the Instructions for where to score and fold. it's that easy
You may need to experiment with the folding thickness. As some of us do enjoy layering many times over when adding to our work (I know that I surely do!),  accordion folded cards may take up enough room to bulge or even tear the Pouch Envelope provided. My best advice is to simply play with paper, several different kinds, if possible, before making your final choice.

I'd like to think of this as a fun card for kids to make for their grandparents and other loved ones. It's up to readers to decide how they want their cards to look.  So, whether you choose this project for the Templates or for the Frames print-off sheet, or for both, the possibilities are endless!
Happy Creativity!



Fresh ATC Frames Set
a sheet of 8 separate frames
Downloadable Version HERE


Matching Pouch-Style Envelope
Downloadable Version HERE


Instruction Sheet PDF Format Download HERE



ATC Fold-up Card Template with Instructions
Downloadable PDF Format Version HERE


All Portions This Project ©Plush Possum Studio
except for the digital brushes used to embellish
the Pouch-Style Envelope, which may be found
HERE, and HERE, and HERE.

Thank You so much for stopping by!



Scanned Imagery courtesy PPS Archives
Digital Brushes used are from:
NadinePau-stock.deviantart.com
and brusheezy.com (in their Medieval category)

You are free to:
use this set for your own personal and private gifts.
You are not free to:
sell it in any way.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.


12 comments:

artistamyjo said...

love these, thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs, Amy

Plush Possum Studio said...

Amyjo, we are so glad you like this offering. Thank You again for stopping over to look and explore and leave another of your sweet comments for us!
:)

artistamyjo said...

Hi Rose, Thank you so much for adding me to your fun places to visit. I am honored.
As to the ink...they are Ranger Alcohol Inks. I place several drops
4 to 5 in the ranger mini mister spray bottle and fill the rest with water. They really are fun to use.
Hugs, Amy

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ooo! Sounds like fun! Thanks for the tip!
;)
P.S. you had us in your list first--a thing which no one noticed till our visit this AM. Shame on us for not paying better attention!

Mina said...

I love these! Thanks so much.

PJ said...

Very nice! This is generous of you. Thank you for sharing these.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Mina & PJ: Ladies, we're just so tickled you came by and could find something you like! It's a steep learning curve, one we're happy to share here with nice visitors like yourselves!

Ann said...

love..love ..love!!!!thanks so very much for these!!!!!!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ann: Hope our design is everything we want it to be for you!!!
;)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Rose,

I've enjoyed visiting and I do know about that learning curve...I'm still in it in so many ways! It's all trial and error for me...but I love the digital world blended with hard copy.

I've thought of using google docs for images too but haven't done the pdf yet...

Thanks so much for visiting and taking home my button! I'm so tickled. :0) I'm following you now.

Hugs to you,
Stephanie ♥

Plush Possum Studio said...

Welcome, Stephanie! So glad you came by. Falling in love with doing art digitally has not taken away our interest in making it real with "hard copy" elements, either. And your button is just wonderful!!!! I couldn't resist its charm! You have an infectious spirit which really brought a smile to my face. I am smiling even now, just thinking on that first visit to your upbeat blog.
Rose
:)

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