Mar 302012
 

In my post “Crafting Mid March”, posted on the 17th of March, (click – here – to see this post), I said that I had indeed remembered to make my mother a Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, card, but I couldn’t show it to you at the time because I’d entered it into a competition where the entries were made anonymously.  Well the competition has now closed (see results below), so what I’ve got to show you today is the card and the box that held a little gift of chocolates to go with it.  The card took a long time to plan out and even longer to make, but I look on it as a “labour of love”, as I wanted something really special for my mother.  Thankfully, she thinks it is stunning.

Mother’s Day Card and Box:

Please click on the thumbnail images to have a look at a larger image in each case, as the thumbnail images just do not give a true feeling for the card.

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  1. Digital designs bought from CUP:
    cup297266_596 – Scalloped Layered Full Letter Alphabet…GSD; cup57481_359 – Gingham Backing Papers kit
    Equipment:
    Hougie Board and Pokey Tool; Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine; Silhouette Universal Hook, Scraper and Universal Spatula; Tonic Petite Petal Pairs Punches; Scissors; Paper trimmer; Ball tool; Printer
    Other Digital Designs:
    such as leaves are part of package that came with Cameo
    Consumables:
    A3 Centura Pearl Snow White; A4 Red Satin Board; Silhouette White sticky back vinyl; Transfer Paper; Acetate; Foam Tape; Finger lift tape; Glue Gel; Several sheets of super smooth white card 250gsm; Background and silhouette peel offs from my non-CUP crafting stash and digital items (of which, admittedly, I have a lot! LOL)
    Method:
    I printed out four colours from Gingham Backing Papers kit onto Super smooth white card.
    Then I used the Alphabet cutting file, with my Cameo, to cut out the three layers of each of the letters to make up the word “MAM” from three of the colours, and cut out leaves from the green.
    I used the left over bits of card from cutting the letter layers to punch out a variety of small flower shapes using my Tonic punches.
    I cut out a lattice/trellis from white, sticky back vinyl.  The diamond shaped pieces of vinyl between the trellis were hooked out one by one off the backing sheet, leaving only the trellis in place.  This took ages.  I then used the transfer paper and scraper to move the lattice left behind to the acetate.
    I scored the A3 sheet of card and then folded in half to make an A4 base card.
    I trimmed the red Satin Board to make it a little smaller and attached it to the card front using double sided fingerlift tape.
    I trimmed a scenic background, that I’d printed onto Super Smooth card, to be a little smaller again and attached this to the front of the red card.  I put on some silhouette stickers of trees and branches onto the background at strategic places, rubbing well into place.
    The acetate was then trimmed using scissors to the outer edge of the vinyl frame.
    I then used a double layer of 2mm deep foam tape to attach this to the front of my prepared card.
    I cleared the letter layers of any bits that were remaining landlocked within the design with a hook, and then built them up, the base layer of each letter being stuck directly to the acetate “trellis window” using glue gel, and the other layers attached using 2mm deep foam tape.
    I used a ball tool on each of the leaves of the foliage I’d cut out, to give them shape, before I stuck them to the front of the card, top right and bottom left. A bit time consuming I know, but I prefer a dimensional effect so was willing to put a little time into it.  I like the dappled shade effect that using the gingham green paper rather than a solid green colour gives the leaves.
    I intertwined a variety of different colours, and different petal shapes, from the punched out flower layers and again used my ball tool to give them shape before attaching two to the letters M and the rest to the foliage at the bottom left of the card front.
    Something a bit different, but using very cheerful, spring colours.
    Not a quick and easy card to make, as even using the ball tool to do all the shaping of leaves and flowers made my hands quite sore and the jobs had to be done over several different sessions.  But the time and effort was worth it to make something special for my mother for the special day.  She really loved it and isn’t planning on taking it down from view any time soon.
  2. This is a view along the card to show you some of the dimensional elements that gave the card both height and texture.
  3. This was made from the same card-stock as the base card, A4 Centura Pearl Snow White.  Despite the colours being a bit brighter on this, the yellow and red gingham pattern used as topper layers are exactly the same colours as the bop and bottom layers of the letters on the card as well as some of the punched out flower layers.  Taken at a different time, in different lighting conditions the colours turned out differently in the photograph.

CUP Update:  

Card Making Competition Result –  My card came in number 21 out of 42 entries.  Funnily enough, the winner had also used one of Tina Fitch’s alphabet cutting files, but she’d put MUM, not MAM, on her card.  The winner was Anna Stretton.  Congratulations Anna.  And also congratulations to Helen Gomm and Kristina Norbat who came in 2nd and 3rd.  There were a lot of nice cards entered, but I’d got all three of these cards in my batch of favourites.  You can see the full result, together with links to look at the card each person entered by clicking – here.

Discount Code –  There’s still a 20% discount available until the end of the month for anybody who places an order on the craftsUprint site.  The instructions are “Simply type the word ‘MASSAGE‘ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!”.

The “Massage” discount code expires 31st March 2012 at Midnight GMT.  So what are you waiting for?!

CUP Mailer – A new mailer was sent out today (Friday, 30th March).  Have a look at it – here – if you’ve not received yours in your inbox.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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 A Big “Thank You” To Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On Some Of My Blog Posts
I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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  4 Responses to “Result of CUP March Card Making Competition, Discount Code, etc.”

  1. Wow this is absolutely Gorgeous. Chris xx

  2. You are absolutely right. The thumbnails don’t do you’re intricate work justice. You must have the patience of a saint! What a gorgeous card!

    Much crafty love

    Anneke

  3. Hi, Cannot work out how to follow your site, so at the moment you are on my list to visit every day.
    Shirley xx

  4. Lovely, Gwyneth I love the 3D effect and the trellis and leaves are beautiful. Vee xx

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