greeting cards for every occasion using wire!
In fact, many moons ago, whilst I was busy writing
jewellery project books, I submitted a proposal to
publish a book called, "Wire on Cards". Unfortunately,
it never made it onto the shelves, as the marketing agency
promoting my jewellery books at that time, said that it
straddled more than one target audience: 'paper crafters' as
well as 'jewellers'. And for that sole reason, they didn't think
that it would sell in large enough quantities because paper
crafters, being the larger target audience, would not want
to use pliers and wires and vice versa!
However, I still have the outline and all the project ideas, so IF
there are any craft publishers out there reading this who
feel they are in any way interested, I am ready to go! Although now
years on, in 2020, I think it would possibly work better demonstrated
on a Craft Channel.
So as we're approaching Valentine's Day, now is the perfect
time to create your own unique card for your best friend, your
soul mate and loved one. Avoid the commercial route, of purchasing
a pre-made sugar coated mass-produced item and make your own
To help you on your way, I have dug out some of my ideas
which might help spark new ones for you?! So, sit back and
scroll down to take a look at all my heart themed suggestions ...
Above: "CLOSE TO MY HEART"
The little wire stick person is holding a metal textured heart.
The heart is cut out of aluminium sheet (or you can use a metal
stamping blank). The heart surface, is hammer textured and coated
in red permanent marker. The metal surface has then been
gently sanded to reveal some of the metal, leaving the red ink in
the dented areas.
Above: "BOUQUET OF HEARTS".
Each wire heart has been created out of 0.8mm wire and is held
together with another piece of binding wire. There is a red bead
dangling at the centre of each of the hearts. You could also tie a
little bow over the binding area if so desired ...
Above: "JOINED at the HEART"
This wire heart frame has been made with two pieces of wire
and joined at the base and centre, where you see the scrolling.
Red seed beads have been wire wrapped around the outer
frame and it's suspended from jump rings at the top to provide
a bit of movement.
Above: "CUPID'S ARROW"
The heart frame is created out of 0.8mm wire, folded in half
with the ends turned into spirals at the centre. The arrow is
is also made out of one piece of wire folded in half and is attached
with binding wire to the frame.
Above: "LOVE BUG"
It's not so visible, as it's red on red ... but it's a little bug!
With a red glass bead body with antennae and legs, attached to
the decorated paper cut out heart.
Above: "BEADED HEART"
The heart frame is created out of 0.8mm wire and threaded with
red seed beads with a flat backed red crystal glued to the centre.
Above: "ROUND THE BEND" in love with you!
I think the spirals say it all!
I think this one secretly says 'you are hot!'
Created out of one piece of 0.8mm wire, wire
write the word 'love' and keep the wire flowing to
make the heart shape surround, finishing off
and securing it on the opposite side of the
frame. This card has a little gold leaf decoration
to add that extra sparkle and vavavoum!
... and FINALLY ...
A GIFT TAG: you could also stamp a name, or word of
your choice on a metal heart (stamping blank) and
attach to a pretty organza bag full of handmade
I do hope that has filled your head with Valentine card ideas
for your loved ones! These are also suitable ALL the year around,
to make for family and friends going through challenging times,
as well as 'wedding', 'thank you' and 'get well' cards.
Happy Card Making!