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Handmade Cards

21 Aug

Slanchogled handmade card butterflies

Each card is telling a story. Stories of happy occasions, surprises, a wish to make someone smile, and spontaneous creative urges.

Materials you gather for your cards and ideas springing into your mind work together in a subtle way. Exciting materials are the core of new ideas, but equally, a good idea can make you think creatively, turning simple objects into clever visual treats.

Which comes first? It’s different every time. Sometimes you have an occasion to mark, at other times you first need to put your hands on it, and the message comes through as you go.

Today we’d like to show you how we make one of our visitors’ most-loved cards – “the one with the beautiful butterflies!”

Here’s the materials we use:

Slanchogled butterfly paper punch

A paper punch for beautiful butterfly cut outs

Interference acrylic colour

Daler-Rowney Interference and Acrylic Colours

craft foam pads at Slanchogled

Sticky foam pads for creating volume and 3D effects

We start by mixing some Daler-Rowney System 3 paints with the interference colours to get a stunning shimmering effect and we apply them on black paper.

Once dry, we use the paper punch and we cut out as many butterflies as we need!

Artemio butterfly paper punch

All we’ve got left to do is stick them together on a folded card. We use the sticky pads to create volume and a nice,”flying”, 3D effect:

And we’re done!
Slanchogled handmade card with butterflies

card making materials at Slanchogled

It’s hard to say, who enjoys handmade cards more – giver or receiver?

Keep an eye here for more crafty tips and ideas!

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Set your sail towards the sun

7 Jul

A year ago, full on with the wind in our sails, we brought to London our experience, ideas, passion for creativity, together with all the bright colours we could fit. Anniversaries usually suggest retrospection, and, looking back, we thought we’d mark the occasion in a way that brought us closer to the start.

We began the voyage of Slanchogled in maritime Varna, Bulgaria over fifteen years ago, full of passion and enthusiasm, dreams and ambition. As an independent business it is overwhelming to see where the tides have taken us, and to have met such inspirational, daring and creative open minds all along the way.

It has been a year now since we set our anchor in Camden. Sea metaphors aside, with the approaching of summer, our innate nautical passion seems to grow stronger.

A fascination with boats became particularly obvious this week as we put careful effort into making this beautiful one for our window. We really liked the way it turned out, so we made some smaller ones too.

The big one takes some time but the materials are basic – cardboard, transparent paper, a few wood sticks to make it stable. We had to look at real boats to get the right model and it inevitably made us wish for an actual one, but it was still a lot of fun putting it together, and satisfying to see it take genuine shape.

On a smaller scale, you can easily make your own nautical craftwork, and we will show you exactly how. This Sunday from 11am, you’re welcome to join our Sailing Ships workshop! And because it’s our special occasion, you’re in for a special treat – it will be free!

And because children are among those who enjoy summer the most, currently in high anticipation of the coming holidays, we dedicate this exclusive workshop to them. It will be delivered by one of their peers too – the 11 year-old Ognyan, whose passion for boats was recently fueled by a trip to the south coastline near Brighton.

Join us for this very special workshop to mark a great year that has passed, welcome an exciting summer ahead, and share our love for the sea.