February 25, 2021

Every week we send out many cards to clients. Some are welcoming them to the office. Others are congratulations. We always send sympathy cards for the loss of a pet. Most of these cards are hand stamped.

Clients have likely seen information on our dental referral service. I am in a residency program in veterinary dentistry. Why do I like it so much? Dentistry is the best way to improve the lives of pets. It is also the arts and crafts of veterinary medicine. I need to use my art side as well as my science side.

There are times I am overwhelmed with work/family/life. My stress relief/outlet is a half hour of paper crafting – I feel renewed and love that I can admire in a short time something gorgeous I’ve accomplished. Then I am able to get back to the long marathon tasks instead of the almost instant gratification of many paper crafts.

While I am an experienced paper crafter, it’s always fun to learn new techniques. I signed up with Altenew’s classes to view other ideas. These classes are easy for me to view on my phone when I have a few minutes between meetings.

This post is part of a series started many months ago in regards to card creations we are using in the office (and showcasing my creative outlet).

The fourth class, Clean and Simple Boutique Cards, shows many techniques:

one layer care with fancy paper; add a score line for interest on one layer cards stamped monochromatic backgrounds with a touch of color foiling to add a touch of shine homemade letterpress: using 5 layers and vellum back, spray adhesived together (can store and use over and over) mirror card and other luxury paper use packaging/gifting – don’t forget to embellish all of your crafting

The 3D florals die set was used to create this card with simplistic lines. The hinged die cutting technique was used (as seen in the dynamic die cutting class with hinged letters).

The word welcome was in my old stash of dies.

A scoring board was used to add lines from the hinged flower down to the word welcome and the die cut leaves (white on white) had a veining effect added.

Hinged floral