You’re hosting a murder mystery and you want to create some simple but effective place settings for your guests. There are a number of ways you can do this, but try these for size…
1) Making the most of standard bi-fold cards! You can buy place setting cards from most good stationers or you can make them yourself by simply folding over a piece of card! You could print or type their name onto the card, but how do you make them that little bit special…
– pen and ink – Never discount the simplicity of pen and ink. A good piece of calligraphy can add a lot to a place setting. You can also use pen to colour in shapes, draw cartoon images or simply colour in a printed picture. If you have a gold or silver marker, then a simple sparkling border around the name is elegant all on it’s own.
– Glue-ons – Yes, the all time favourite for home-crafting… those glue-on extras! This can be anything from sticking on confetti, glitter and punched out shapes, or if you use a hot glue gun then you can really go to town with bulky bits, crafting jewels, ribbons, bows, or even small novelty daggers and old cluedo pieces.
– punch outs – there are a number of different ways of punching out shapes from card. You can buy special scissors that will cut a fancy edge, and also small punches that will cut any number of shapes. But if all you have access to is a hole-punch then don’t despair! Use the large hole it creates to thread through some ribbon, or crime scene tape to give it that extra bit of pizzazz.
– sewing – beware of the point of the needle – but it IS possible to sew card to make all sorts of interesting designs. Just thread up a sharp needle with sparkly thread and away you go! If you aren’t sure about sewing thread – then why not just repeatedly punch the card using the needle to create simple but effective pergamot edging.
– embossing – you can buy embossing tools from most crafting shops and use these to emboss your card. But if you don’t have anything fancy to hand, why not find an interesting shape in the house and rub the card hard over that. It’ll give the surface of the card an embossed feel without the expense of buying any tools. For example, try the inside (unsharpe side) of a nutmeg grater for a great bumpy effect.