A couple of weeks ago my Nana was moved into a nursing home. She was previously living in an assisted living facility but broke her shoulder and then followed that up with a case of pneumonia. She had to be moved somewhere that provided a higher level of care. (I personally am happy she is there – she looks a lot healthier and better cared for.)
We took the kids over to visit her and, like most nursing homes, it’s not exactly a cheerful place. I was remembering back in high school when different organizations that I was involved in would make cards and then deliver them to our local nursing home. I thought it would be nice to do the same thing for the residents at my Nana’s new place.
Last night I headed over to Walmart to pick up some supplies. I knew I could count on their everyday low prices and I didn’t have time to mess around with coupons. I knew I wanted to make cards with glitter but that’s about it. (I for sure want these cards to have a little bling!)
I headed over to the Scrapbooking area and found just about everything I needed. I picked up X-ACTO Decorative Shapes Templates, X-ACTO Craft Swivel Knife (mine is getting way too dull!), some Elmer’s CraftBond permanent double-sided tape, and also Elmer’s CraftBond flexible dual tip glue pen. I kept looking around and picked up an Elmer’s Gold Metallic Painters pen as well – never can have to much sparkle! I already had the card stock and glitter so I grabbed everything (plus some sausage and cream cheese – love my Super Walmart!) and headed home.
X-ACTO Decorative Shapes Templates
X-ACTO Precision Scissors
X-ACTO Craft Swivel Knife
Elmer’s CraftBond permanent double-sided tape
Elmer’s CraftBond flexible dual tip glue pen
Elmer’s Gold Metallic Painters
Card Stock – any colors
Glitter – any colors
Fold your card stock in half length-wise. Cut down the middle to create two 4.25″x5.5″ cards.
Now comes the fun part! I made three different cards using similar techniques.
Let’s take a look at the first card. I used Elmer’s CraftBond permanent double-sided tape and ran a line along the top and the bottom of my card leaving a little space.
If you’ve ever wanted to create straight, even, lines of glitter this is the easiest way I know how to do it.
Peel off the tape backing and then sprinkle on the glitter. Yep! You don’t even have to pull out the glue! This is a super quick and easy way to add glitter to projects and is perfect when working with kids because there is no drying time.
Sprinkle on the glitter, tap off the excess, and you’re good to go! Beautiful, perfect lines!
Next I used the templates to cut out a tag shape. Punched a hole in the top and then used my Painter pen to write out Merry Christmas.
I glued this onto the card and I’m done!
For the second card I used the double-sided tape again and laid it an angle on the corners of the card. Let the tape run over the edge and then just use scissors to trim off the excess. I opted for red glitter for this card.
Next I cut out three flower shape using my templates (that resembled a poinsettia) and craft knife. Glued them onto the card with the glue pen and realized I needed a little more pizzazz.
I wanted the wreath to be hanging from the top of the card so I cut a piece of ribbon and attached it to the back of the card using the double-sided tape.
I wrapped the ribbon under the wreath and attached it again with the tape. Cool effect!
Still not enough sparkle though… Used the double-sided tape AGAIN (I need to buy this stuff in bulk!) and ran a line along the bottom edge of the card and threw on some white glitter. What do you think?
These cards take no time at all and are easy ways to get the kids involved and helping. Using the double sided tape for most of the glitter applications really cuts down on the mess and the drying time so that is awesome for me! We will write nice Chrismas messages on the insides and deliver to some people that can use a little Christmas cheer :)
To see my whole shopping experience as well as more photos from my card making session, check out my Google+ Album.
Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias #cbias. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.