S+S: Thank You Cards


This project was for a lovely couple who wanted to thank a group of important people who helped them with their wedding preparation. A total of 32 pieces of 15x15 cm cards were handmade and thankfully able to be completed in a small window of time.(phew!) The nights spent putting these together was a joy as I worked on it stage by stage, and seeing it slowly takes its form. If you would like to find out how these were made, read on :)


A close up on the front and back on the card. Thought I would also share how these elements were made and hope these images will help demonstrate the steps better to show you how easy it is to create these with the right tools at home. I'll start by breaking down the components of the card and explain the 4-part individually.


PART A: The Card
1. Write/ Type the words– I wanted it to be hand drawn so I sketched 'Thank You' with a black felt tip marker on a piece of paper.

2. Scan it into the computer and turned it into vector using the expand feature in Adobe Illustrator. In Ai, you would have to tweak to make the edges curve nicely and to adjust it to the desired size on your page. A big advantage in sketching it in is having full control on how you want the word to look exactly. *Alternatively, you can get a ready handwritten font from Dafont!


3. Print it and fix any imperfections. *You can see the little white bits when I printed them on textured paper. To cover that up, I used a gel ink black pen to colour over the white bits and it did the trick perfectly.


Before (left) and after (right)4. To save on cost, they were design to fit two pieces on an A3 size paper, and later chopped down to its exact 30cm x 15cm size each. 5. I wanted these white cards to have a reversed black cover. To do that, I attached black colour paper (70gms) to the back of each white page using a spray mount. Spray mount works the fastest and best compared to using glue as it gives an even adhesive coverage to the entire page and is easy to apply. 6. After that, trim to its exact size. 7. Create round edges by using a corner rounded punch and punch the top and bottom right of each page and your done for Part A. PART B: The Flowers A brief of how the daisies were constructed in 4 steps (left - right). 1. Using any large flower punch (I'm using CARL, Carla Craft in CP-2, DAISY) and punch multiple flowers on both white and black 160gms paper. Set aside. 2.Using the tip of a quilling tool / something with a sharp tip like a bamboo stew (satay stick), lay that on top of each petal and press both sides of the edges inwards. Repeat this step on all the petals and it should looked like the pile of flowers on the right. 3. Using a normal hole puncher, create many many many MANY black dots. Set aside. (These will be the centre of your flowers) 4. Now, this is the fun part to assemble these. Remember the black and white flowers? First, glue a black dot onto a white flower. Then, glue the white flower on top on a black flower. That makes ONE SET. Make a few double sets, which are two 1-set of flowers glued onto one another. PART C: The Butterflies

This was my first try on quilling and I must say it has grown on me as I started it. If you have a paper shredder, you will want to use that to create 3mm-5mm strips of paper. I did not have one, so I manually cut them.


*Tip for manual cutting: Staple 3-4 sheets of 80gms A4 paper together and tape the top and bottom down onto your placemat. This will help you cut multiple sheets easily and accurately without worrying about your papers moving. Cut away the bits that has tape on when you finish. 1. Each strip is the length of an A4 size paper and for this, I used the entire length to create a tear dropped quilling shape, which you will see what it is as you read on. 2. There are many tutorial videos on Youtube that will show you how these are done. One that I found really helpful was the basic shapes you can make with paper quilling by Claire Choi. Basically, you need to create a tear dropped shape and wrap that with a black strip. Use PVA glue to secure the end of each bits. For each butterfly ,will need 4 of these. 3. For the head and body, I cut each coloured strip in half (half of an A4 paper)– one half into a tight coil for the head, and the other half for the body which is a similar quilled technique as the tear drop shape. Instead, you will press both ends instead of one. *you may refer to the above tutorial for this as well. 


4. Lay out all the parts and using a small paint brush, I drop small dots of PVA glue on the areas that I want them to stick. Leave it for a few hours/ overnight. These are what they would look like :)


PART C: Putting them Together
This was my favourite part, seeing each little bits get put together. PVA glue is the way to go in keeping them stuck really well. Use a paint brush, apply just a small bit of glue and attach it onto your card. Leave it for awhile and it will stick onto it well :) Give quilling a go :) It's a very beautiful way to create elements for your crafting bits - and no matter how difficult it may look, you may find yourself having a new hobby after your first try!

Chris + Jia Ling: Thank you Card


This is a thank you card for a beautiful couple that I had the privilege to be a part of their wedding day. Together with 2 others, we helped the bridal party with their makeup and hair that morning. The couple left for Australia, and the bride took time to write thank you notes to those who helped along the way. In appreciation to that, I decided makeup would be a lovely tool to use to reply that thank you note, on paper :) And here's a picture of the card made and the tools that were used. If you are interested to how this was put together, there's a video of the process at the bottom of the post. Enjoys!Fake lashes worked really well to help create this look! :)

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Lynette: A Birthday Album

One day, I receive a message from Lynette to ask if I offered scrapbooking services. After exchanging messages, she mentioned what it was for and I was taken by what she wanted to do for her dad. So, I said yes which led to the opportunity to create something for her dad's 60th Birthday! A Happy Birthday shoutout goes to Lynette's dad! She liked a brown and blue theme and we went with this beautiful color duo. I appreciated it alot as she gave me the freedom to create it and I had a great time working on this :) The finished book is a distressed, vintage looking 7.4" book with an accordian fold spine. On the inside, she would be gathering poloraid photos and birthday wishes from their relatives and fill the pages with the collection. Read on if you would to find out more. *edited on 22.08.13* Lynette wrote back a few weeks later and shared her dad's reaction when he received the book and read the messages in it. She wrote an amazing post about it and reading it just warms my heart :) Thank you Lynette. The string was going to help hold the pages together after all the photos are attached inside and it could be easily be untied as well. If you are wondering how this was made, here' s a similar tutorial you can follow. The binding was using the accordian fold spine Inner pages - 165gm paper 16 pages Photo credits: LynettePhoto credits: LynetteThe message was stamped separately with a cream color cardstock, distressed around the corners. And lastly for the packaging, the book was placed into a brown polka dot bag - Tutorial HERE


Christine: Birthday Card

This birthday card was for one of my favourite people in London. Little did I know that this card would have a story to tell. "One of the weirdest thing happened today, I received my birthday card sent by Suyen, and in the envelope, it was also this card for a guy called Carlos Rodrigues from Montijo, Portugal, which apparently has the same birth date as I do, but he was turning 35 not 22. The red envelope was tore open, the stamp was not stamped by the post office."


Somehow, this beautifully written card to Carlos ended up in my sealed envelope together with my card and both were delivered to UK instead :) How did that get into my envelope in the first place? This mix-up was a beautiful encouragement to my work to see how people took time to make and write special birthday notes for one another, simply lovely. But how that happened remains as a mystery, till today :) At the same time, I don't know if I should be reading it. When she told me about it, I saw all the lil nice touches in the already opened package, and would be something nice to be shared :) If you're wondering how to achieve such effect on the edge of the paper, here's one of my favourite paper distressing technique: tutorial Use a thicker cardstock as the cover and for the inner page, cut an inch smaller than the width of the cover. When you're working, always save any left over ribbons that you have because you can always whip them up again when you're making cards! Add a strip of paper to hold the flap down :)

Catherine: A Birthday Card


Cat, short for Catherine is one of the most efficient PA I know so far. She has been serving in our company for many many many many.... (really) many years and she has never fail to surprise me with her multitasking ability, keeping updated with everything that is going on and the large amount of tasks on her plate. Last week, we did a card for her with messages to highlight what we really appreciate about her. And it made her smile :) I made a little envelope from a 2-sided 12X12 cardstock and cut a square 'window'.  Then, I folded a white cardstock in half and measured it according to the size of the envelope. I found a pic of a really cute cat that I thought she would like (with a ref pic from the net) and colored it with purple (her fav color) chalk. The words were stamped onto it and the page was filled with everyone's signatures.


Find something circular and used that to draw a semi circle at the back. This makes it easier to remove it from the envelope :)


Our messages to dear Cat :)