Friday, May 28, 2010

Dimensional Cards

To make the beautiful dimensional art, common during the Victorian era, all that is needed is a package of cards from your local dollar store, or two inexpensive cards that are exactly the same, some glitter glue, and some dimensional tape. Rolled, clear tape, or folded paper can substitute for dimensional foam tape. Instead of commercial cards, you could rubber stamp and emboss two cards alike, for this craft.

On the left, cut out the roses from one card. On the right, cut out the right side outline of the flowers, as shown.

Next, using dimensional tape or rolled clear tape, place the roses on top of the other roses on the card, so that they looked slightly raised. It is hard to tell on the above photograph, but you can see the shadows where the roses are mounted on the picture.

Use your glitter glue and then add some extra sprinkles of sparkle, if you like. I have used the mica flakes on this one.
A view from the side to show the dimensional effect. Try this with a Victorian picture like the one at the top of this page.

Either people absolutely love getting bright cards in the mail, or people are crazy about buying them, because, if you go to any store that sells cards, there are a lot of people standing in that aisle studying the cards. Cards are really a premium product, and many of them today seem to imitate the hand made card. So, if you make some cards, you know they are very much appreciated. 


Anonymous said...

Very Pretty; the glitter adds a nice touch.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting some easy-crafts for the hands. I'm no good in sewing or any other sophisticated crafts but this project is something that I can do. I'm from South East Asia. I live alone, I rent a small room in a dorm-like building and work in an office, but I always try to maintain my femininity and my faith as best as I could in present circumstances.
Would you please post some more pictures of your home-made, lovely, feminine dresses? It gives numerous ideas to bring touches of femininity to even my office wardrobe!
Also, if you would post something about maintaining femininity for women who have no choice but to work, I would appreciate it very much. As I mentioned, my present circumstance is not ideal, but I have no one to support me and I'm very grateful that God provides for me through my job. (I'm not good in making things with hands, and in my country home-office is rare, even non-existent)
God bless.

Lydia said...

While we expect the loss of traditional home life for women in the west, it seems even sadder to see the south east Asian women leave their feminine ways that marked them as special in the past. I always admired the women in India who wore the saris and shone in their domestic lives at home. Now they work in factories and wear the horrid clothing ...tee shirts and jeans, which do not distinguish their femininity.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lydia,

I want to ENCOURAGE YOU. We love your blog and all the ideas you share. They encourage and give us a lift.
Anytime you can share something creative and beautiful with others it blesses and encourages them.

Too much of the culture today is critical, oppressing and tries to beat the spirit of man down.

Never mind what the naysayers spew forth, keep sharing what God has put on your heart. If they don't like what is on your site they don't have to read it.

I love the socks from the previous post and these lovely greeting cards. It lifts my spirit every time I see something beautiful that you have shared. Thank you for sharing, keep up the good work.

Marqueta (Mar-kee-ta) G. said...

Dear Lady Lydia,

Thank you for yet another beautiful, economical card idea!

The semi-homemade socks are such a simple, wonderful idea, too.

Truly you are a fount of feminine creativity ;) !



Lydia said...

There is a very exclusive store in another city where I saw some of the socks in brighter shades, with the lace dyed to match; all natural fabrics, and were 16 dollars a pair. PLEASE look at the links on that post and see what they look like at Victorian Trading. Women are wearing these socks with their long dresses and short boots. these socks have been in their catolog almost 20 years; a classic.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lydia,
The lovely, useful ideas you post generate peace in my heart, as well as creativity. The cards look so special, and I love the socks!

At some future point, can you talk about how you organize your space for sewing and crafting? I find I sew much less since I use the dining area to do so.
Thanks and God Bless,

Anonymous said...

There used to be a craft the Victorians did with pictures taken from fashion plates or catalogs. Not sure what they called it, but it used the same technique of adding layers of the same picture to create a 3 dimensional picture except they added bits of cloth or fur, or whatever to make the picture look dimensional.

Thank you for sharing this craft form, its so practical and fun.

Anonymous said...

There are those who are artistic and those who appreciate lovely art. You are very artistic and I appreciate your talent.
L. Rose