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Paper craft kits

paper craft kits
  1. sloth paper craft kits

Love sloths, pugs, flamingos or unicorns? Always wanted one of your very own? Well now you can with these fabulous new paper craft kits from Flamingo Paperie.

I made a couple of these kits, and they are fun, a lot bigger than you realise, really sturdy and I don’t think you need to be a paper craft expert!

Each kits contains everything you need to complete it, even a pair of scissors.

The models are big! For example the sloth is over 30cm long, so not far off life-size.*

The paper craft kits are presented in a 100% recyclable/biodegradable gift box. I think they’re great for a treat for some crafting me-time, a perfect gift for a friend and good news for the environment too.

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What’s inside the paper craft kits?

If you’re worried you aren’t experienced enough to complete a kit, then you needn’t be. There’s a picture for guidance on the front of each kit. On the bottom you’ll find some basic tips and instructions, with more instructions inside. All the tools you need are in the box, including glue, in an easy to apply tube with nozzle, scissors, scoring tool if required, cocktail sticks to help spread the glue into difficult to reach corners and sheets of card printed with the templates ready to cut, fold, score and stick.

Animal kits

There are 5 different animals to choose from, sloth, flamingo, unicorn, pug and t-rex. They have varying levels of ‘difficulty’ though it’s not so much a difficulty, rather a time required to complete each one. The quickest is the unicorn with an estimated 3 hour construction time, the longest is the t-rex with an estimated 18 hour construction time.

sloth paper craft kits

 

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Floral kits

Both sets of flowers look really stunning when complete and you don’t have to be an expert paper crafter to make them look good. The estimated construction time for each kit reflects the time required to complete it. It’s not a reflection of how experienced a crafter you need to be. Each peonie flower takes about 2.5 hours while each rose is estimated to take about 4 hours. There is enough in each kit for 6 flowers. These are fun projects to do alone but I recommend completing the flowers with friends. Have a crafting afternoon.

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Leaves and Feathers

The leaves and feathers kits is a set of templates for various leaves and feathers to be drawn round and cut out. The kit contains 10 sheets of different coloured card and 10 metres of twine so you can use them to embellish your gift wrapping. Alternatively they would make a beautiful forever wreath or table decoration.

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Who are the kits for?

The guidance on the box suggests that the kits are suitable for over 12 years old but that under 12 could complete with supervision. I made the peonies with my 11 year old daughter and she had no problem completing it (in fact her flower looked better than mine but don’t tell her I said that!).  I would say age 8 upwards with help. You don’t have to make the kits in one go so you can stagger the completion to suit the attention span of the child. Equally if you’re completing this on your own, you don’t need to set aside 18 hours in one sitting to complete the t-rex, you can do it in stages as fits your time.

I made the flamingo on my own but over a few days, doing a little bit here and there. It isn’t difficult. I did take care to line up the tabs carefully and to hold them in place while the glue set but I was really impressed with how quickly it stuck.

A few tips from my experience

The animals are made of thick card which keeps shape really well. The models are really sturdy once built.

The flowers are made of tissue paper. Mine travel about as I have them on display at fairs and I’ve inadvertently squashed them a few times, you wouldn’t know! I readjust them very easily, and quite often!

The glue takes a while to dry on the tissue paper on the flowers. The tissue goes a bit soggy if you stick too many petals together at once. Our other hint would be hold the peonies upside down to stick the petals on. This gave a better shape and was easier to stick the petals.

My biggest tip would be to do the flowers as a group. This was fun. Plenty tea and cake and chat while we cut and stuck.

If you have any questions about the kits then just drop me an email.

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*Three toed sloths are approximately 58cm long, at full stretch, according to LiveScience, our model is over 30cm and he’s not stretched out!

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Floral greeting cards

Phoenix Trading March new cards

Find the perfect card from our exclusive range of illustrated designs. With plenty of cards to choose from, including blank floral greeting cards and new designs added regularly. The card you need is right here, whatever the occasion.

Bestselling floral greeting cards

Thank you floral greeting cardsThree flower jars

Gardening Themed Cards

Floral Birthday Cards

birthday cornflowersButterfly Birthday

Sympathy Cards

If you like your sympathy cards to say something on the front then we have some great ones to choose from. If you think a floral illustration does the job just as well then take a look at the floral range.

with sympathy thinking of you

We don’t just have cards. We also have some fabulous gift wrap and gardening themed stationery too.

Gift wrap

Are you looking for pretty floral paper, something garden related or something colourful.

blue floralin the gardenbirds and birdhouses

Stationery

If you need a set of notecards for yourself or to drop a line to a friend, or to make notes or shopping lists, then we have note cards and jotter pads for you.

blue wellies and flowersbirds and birdhouses

Artists

We have several artists who illustrate our floral greeting cards designs exclusively for Phoenix Trading but some of the most popular ones are:

Alison Vickery

Gerry Murray

Claire Henley

Mikki Butterley

Diane Dimerci

Karen Tye Bentley

Lorraine Duff

If you think I’ve missed something in this selection please leave a comment so I can add it in, thank you. If you’d like a mixed pack of cards then you can get on in my shop. I’ll email you to ask what cards you’d like in your pack.

 

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Artist Profile – Alison Vickery

Alison Vickery Phoenix cards online

Flamingo Paperie are always looking for new artists to add to the fabulous range of cards that they produce. I thought it might be helpful to share information about the artists that design Flamingo cards, stationery and gifts. Our exclusive illustrations by Alison Vickery were amongst our bestselling designs in Phoenix Trading.

As well as producing fabulous artwork, Alison Vickery also runs workshops for all ages, as she said about herself,

“As a member of Gloucestershire Art for Schools, I enjoy running Art Workshops for children who always like to see my Phoenix artworks, picking out the ones they have seen or sent as cards. The children are excellent for the ego as they say things like ”you are one of the best Artists in the World”, I then come down to Earth with an elderly group who sometimes nod off.”

Everyone who is an Independent Flamingo Paperie Partner or is in my Customer Club gets to vote on which designs get through to each new product launch. So becoming a Flamingo artist is not necessarily as subjective as you might expect. Conversely 1000’s of people will vote on your design.

One of my favourite designs and so suitable for spring was Narcissi and Pink Hyacinth

Phoenix Trading cards Alison Vickery artist narcissi daffodils spring

Alison also takes part in the Stroud Open Studios in May each year.

Find out more about how to become a Flamingo artist. Go on – give it a try – and I look forward to seeing your work in the next Trader survey!

And if you’d like to know how you could have the privilege and joy of selling her work too then ask me for more information about becoming a Flamingo Paperie Partner today.