I noticed when writing my blog piece on Congratulations cards that many of the cards I’d chosen were made from sheets listed for other occasions on CUP. This got me thinking about how crafters are by nature a “crafty” lot and want to get more than one use out of any sheet we buy, other than making the same card over and over again. After all, Father’s Day only comes around once a year but many of the images on the sheets listed for father’s day can also be used for other occasions, thus maximising the use you can get from a sheet. On my “Occasions – Congratulations” blog post I pointed out that a shirt and tie for Father’s Day could be used for a Congratulations On Your New Job card, a Bike could be used for Congratulations On Passing Your Bike Test, etc.
If you are going to be crafty like this, you do need to look carefully at the sheets you buy and choose ones that don’t have writing integral to the design. You can sometimes get around this with some sheets as they may have a greeting panel within the main area but then offer several different greetings panels that can be put over the top of this, including a blank one. As I make most of my cards with either a Welsh greeting, or no greeting, on the front (so that one can be added by myself, or the buyer if I sell it, in keeping with the intended recipient and the occasion) I automatically look out for sheets like this in any case. Occasionally I’m caught out as the writing is too small or in a faded writing that I don’t spot it on the version of the sheet displayed on the CUP site, but this is rare and can quite often be covered with some ribbon or embellishment when the card is made up.
Sometimes we get into a mindset about a certain style of cards being suitable for certain people. Men – sports. Women – flowers. But if the man spends all his time in the garden growing lots of varieties of Roses then the card Diamond Roses by Sarah Grant may well be far more suitable for him than Rugby Quick Card with pyramage by Carol Clarke, but this card may actually be suitable for a woman who plays rugby as it doesn’t actually show a person on the card.
Another way to be crafty with CUP sheets is to make more than one card out of one sheet, therefore for the cost of 1 sheet of printing material and the ink you get two cards, or more, instead of printing out two sheets to get two cards. I’ve mentioned previously that, with pyramids with lots of layers, I often make two cards, splitting the layers every other between the cards. Plain topper sheets that have lots of toppers on can provide images for several cards that don’t have a lot of dimension as well.
Here are examples of some cards where things have been stretched to go further.
- Lady of the Lake Toppers by Rebecca Brindley (I only used one of the larger toppers on the front and one of the smaller ones on the back of this card therefore have six more toppers to use on other cards. I’ve also got a couple of pieces of the matching backing paper cup113703_442 left that I can use as strips on a couple more cards as well).
- 4 Stitchen sewing bookmarks/dl toppers by Sharon Poore (I got two cards and two co-ordinating bookmarks to give as little gifts from this one sheet).
- Baby Ellie and Family Toppers by Tracy Napier (I’ve only made two cards so far from this sheet but have plenty of pieces left to make a few more).
- Just Dogs by Karen Adair (I only used four of the toppers for this waterfall card so have five left for other projects).
- Proud Red Poppy by Sue Turner (Two cards made from the same sheet and both having enough dimension to make them different from the other “flat” cards on the mantelpiece).