Friday, 2 December 2011

Under 10g

Postage costs can mount up, particularly at Holiday times. Here in the UK the lowest postage rate for International post is for letters under 10g (less than 1/2 oz). So last month I set myself a challenge to make cards which together with envelopes weigh under 10g. Today I'm going to show you some examples with brief descriptions for each card.

First a few generic tips:
  • Use an airmail envelope.
  • If you want to have a folded card, use lightweight card stock. These aren't particularly strong though. I have found that it's more satisfactory to use a medium weight card stock with a postcard style card.
  • Use paper instead of card-stock for layering etc.
All the cards shown below are postcard style and measure about 13 x 9cm (3.5 x 5 inches).

Circles stamped and coloured on a white card-stock base.
Imitation Ribbon Sticker from Smirk
Skeleton Leaf
Flower made from circles of white tissue paper scrunched up and layered with a sequin in the centre.

White card-stock base coloured near the edges with a green marker
First layer - shiny lightweight white card embossed with a snowflake pattern using a Fiskars Texture Plate.
Strip of DCWV pink Christmas paper
White Papermainia flower coloured green with a Tria Marker for leaves. Two more flowers also coloured with Tria Markers with Papermainia Pearl Centres.

Sparkly Tartan card stock used for the base from the DCWV Spring Glitter Stack
Small doily trimed after gluing to the base
Forever Friends sticker
Gold cord wrapped around the card and tied in a bow.
3 Papermainia plastic gems

This card is entirely digital using various digital scrapbooking supplies and printed onto white card-stock. For a digital card you can get away with using medium weight card-stock for a folded card. (Previous written tutorial here on how to set up your software page to do that here.)

White Card Stock base, with black paper for the layer.
Digital stamp, Nut Tree by Delicious Doodles, printed onto lightweight card stock and coloured using glitter pens. The image was then cut out and stuck onto the card.

The background for this card is a digital paper from my Time Made Easy printed onto white card-stock.
Brown textured DCWV layering paper.
Tea bag folded design and the 6 small squares are from Papermainia's Oriental Teabag Folding paper pack.
Flowers cut using a Fiskars Punch and the centre coloured using a Tria Marker.

Do you have any favourite tips or ideas for making lightweight cards? Have fun with your crafting this month and be blessed, from Angela.

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