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Card Craft

The Hulton Craft Kit and Craft Activity Bag contain a selection of small pieces of decorative and plain paper, card and envelopes ready for card craft. You can enjoy using the pieces of fabric and felt included in the kit too without the need to do any sewing or stitching!

Decorative card made from fabric and buttons, and using circular templates

Decorative card made from fabric and buttons, and using circular templates

Greetings cards first became popular during the Victorian age when festive Christmas cards started to be produced. Nowadays a card can be bought for virtually any special event as the giving and receiving of cards seems to be part our lifestyle. A card has a special meaning and can often be kept for years for sentimental value. It does not matter at all if handmade cards are not perfect! It adds to their charm and they are always appreciated by family members! Making homemade cards can be therapeutic for the person making them and brighten up the day for the person receiving them. Shop-bought cards can also be adapted and re-used in all sorts of ways to make new art – for example new cards and gift tags.

A selection of coloured gift tags

A selection of coloured gift tags

You will no doubt find most of the items you need for card craft in your cupboards at home but in the Craft Kit and Craft Activity Bag you have the items you need to make an immediate start with this very satisfying hobby. Firstly, collect everything together on a clean surface that you are going to use to make the cards. Any extras that you find at home to add to your card crafts, such as feathers, buttons, ribbon etc. can be kept together in an old shoebox or other container.

A glue stick is provided in your kits that is convenient to use, but remember no matter what glue you select, always protect work surfaces by putting sheets of newspaper down first.

An enjoyable part of the activity is deciding on design and colours.

There is definitely therapy in art, even in the colour choices you make. Different colours can influence our emotions in various ways. For example:-

Green colours often signify nature and growing – perhaps a new start.

Blue colours of the sky and sea are therapeutic and calming.

Red can signify vitality and affection.

Yellow sunshine colours suggest joy and happiness.

A deeper interest in the meaning of colours can be found on the Internet.

A sheep card using wool in fun colours!

A sheep card using wool in fun colours!

A sheep card using wool in fun colours!

Everyone can be creative and artistic in their own way – this activity can increase self esteem and imagination. It is not only relaxing, but all about being productive and keeping busy, which will have health benefits especially for those who might feel lonely and need activities to fill their time. Craft groups are ideal ways to combine being creative and to enjoy sharing ideas with others.

This craft activity is suitable for children of all ages and abilities. Adult supervision may be necessary depending on the materials and items being used.

CARD CRAFT POSSIBILITIES : Crazy Patchwork

Crazy patchwork means gathering a range of different materials that you like – paper and fabric and then arranging pieces of them together within a defined shape. Having chosen a suitable shape to decorate, for example the heart below, stick in your different sized and coloured pieces together in any way you wish. The pieces do not have to be regular.   Irregular pieces will help to give it a “crazy” effect. In the Craft Kit you will find various templates for crazy patchwork shapes to give you ideas.

The heart card below is a combination of fabric, felt, a sweet wrapping and patterned paper, put together in a crazy patchwork style!

Crazy patchwork

Crazy patchwork

 

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CARD CRAFT POSSIBILITIES : Collage

Collage comes from the French word “coller”, meaning “to stick”.   It is possible to create very attractive greetings cards by sticking paper shapes together in various ways onto a piece of paper and card. Not only decorative paper is used in collage – why not add in something more unusual like pieces of fabric, felt, torn paper from newspapers or magazines and even used tickets.

Move around the pieces of paper and fabric until you are happy with the balance of colour and their arrangement on the card and then stick down.

You can use our animal pictures to make interesting collage cards. Notice the rag art effect in the centre of the owl that has been made on hessian, then stuck onto the fabric on the card.

 

 

A collage card of the Hulton Crafts owl using paper and fabric

A collage card of the Hulton Crafts owl using paper and fabric

 

Making the owl card

Making the owl card

 

Another possibility is to draw your own animals, like these sheep on the card below. Fabric strips, loose wool, mosaic paper shapes and other material have been combined to make an attractive greetings card from The Yorkshire Dales!

 

Greetings from The Yorkshire Dales!

Greetings from The Yorkshire Dales!