February Project of the Month – A New Etsy Shop!

This month I’m excited to share the opening of my new Etsy shop with my Handmade Greeting Cards:  CardzByDeeZyne.etsy.com  CardsByDeeZyne

I already have an Etsy shop for my Handmade Sea Glass Jewelry:  ByDeeZyne.etsy.com ByDeeZyne and I still get a kick out of getting orders from all over the country and the world but I have become obsessed with card making of late and thought I would open a second Etsy shop with my cards.

I am just starting out and even though I’ve been involved with Etsy for some time now, I am finding there are still some challenges with starting a new shop.  It will take some time to get it off the ground and perfect my “product” and find my niche.  I just hope that people are still sending snail mail.  I send out cards to friends and family all the time and I know I love receiving mail myself but I today it is all about email and social media.  I love tech but it isn’t the same as a had written note or letter.

I hope you will visit both my shops.  I welcome custom orders and would be happy to work with you to design cards or jewelry just for you.

I’m adding more cards all the time:

 

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October Project of the Month – Pop Up Box Card

I modified online instructions so that this pop up box card would have finished dimensions of 4.25 x 5.5 inches (A2).

Each panel ends up being 2 1/8 x 2 3/4.

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Instructions:

Cut card stock to 8 3/4 x 5 1/2.

Score the 5 1/2 end at 2 3/4 (half way)

Score the long side at 2 1/8, 4 1/4, 6 3/8 and then 1/4 from the end (for the tab).

Cut half way down each of these new score lines to the score line in the middle.

Cut off the small top tab.

I cut 3 sets of 3 pieces of designer paper.  Each piece was 1 7/8 x 2 1/2.  This covered the three outside pieces of the box, and the three flaps (both sides).

I also cut 2 pieces of designer paper 1 7/8 x 5.25 for the front and back of the back.  I think I might omit the back of the box next time so that I would have a place to write something.  Since I didn’t I added a flower to the front of the closed card and wrote my sentiment there.

I glued all the panels on my box first since it seemed to be easier with the box unfolded.  Just double check that your paper is right side up if it is directional.  I then glued the flap – using double sided tape to make sure it stayed stuck.

I cut two pieces of card stock 2 5/8 x 2 1/2 and scored it 1/4 inch from each side for the supports of my interior pop ups.  I secured these in place near the top of the opening with double sided tape.

Then I dug up all my punches and decorated.  As I went along I kept folding my card to make sure that nothing was going to stick out since I wanted to mail it in an A2 envelope.  Obviously this could be done in many ways depending on what you have on hand and what the occasion.

I thought this would be a daunting project but with the help of online tutorials, and once the dimensions were determined it wasn’t too bad.  I hope you try it!

Cards Added To Etsy Site

I decided to add greeting cards to my Etsy Jewelry site (ByDeeZyne.etsy.com) after a customer asked me to include one in a gift she was sending to a friend.  These are just an add-on to the seaglass jewelry purchases and not for sale alone.  I would love to sell just the cards but there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for them on Etsy.  I love making them with both my Stampin’ Up supplies and my Silhouette Cameo.  Here are a few samples:

Die Cut Butterflies:

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Die Cut Sanddollars:

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Stampin’ Up Painted Blooms Designer Paper:

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