June CUP Competition Entry

The June, craftsUprint, card making competition is closed and the votes have been cast, so I can now show you my entry.

When I saw that the theme for the competition was “Female Birthday” I asked my mother what she’d like on her birthday card this year – she said “Flowers” – so here it is. 


Female Birthday 2012

I printed the topper onto 200gsm Premium Gloss Craft Paper and cut out the main panel and butterflies.  I also printed out a couple of extra butterflies. 

I also printed out two shades of purple backing papers onto heavyweight, white, supersmooth, paper.  I punched loads of little flowers out of these two papers using a Tonic flower punch – the variegated tones of colours within each sheet means that the flowers have a more natural light and dark shading within them.  I used a Red Gold metallic marker in the centre of each of the punched out flowers and tipped the end of the petals of the paler colour flowers with a purple ink pad. 

I prepared a base card by cutting and scoring an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card to make it 1cm larger in each direction than the main panel.  I rounded the right hand corners using a punch and went around all the edges with the same purple ink pad I’d used on the flowers.  I also put a border of fine, gold, peeloffs just inside the purple inked edge. 

I wrapped a piece of fine, purple, organza ribbon around the main panel around a third of the way up, using some strong double sided tape to hold it in place while I worked.  The main panel was then mated onto a piece of linen textured metallic gold cardstock.  The mat was trimmed and the same corner rounder punch as the main card was used. 

I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam pads to attach the mated panel to the front of the prepared card. 

To decorate the card I prepared a greetings panel from a Happy Birthday greeting pre-printed on acetate which I attached to a piece of the same gold cardstock as the main mat, and again rounded the corners (this is attached using double side tape in two corners).  I shaped each of the flowers by pinching the petals and then used glue gel to stick them all over the central area of the main panel, making sure that some covered the corners of the greeting panels where the tape was visible.  I stuck two butterfly layers together to make a dimensional butterfly and put on top of the flowers, and shaped and stuck the other two butterfly layers over the butterflies that are a part of the main panel.

Further views of the card:

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June Card Making Competition – Results – My card came in at 25th out of 60 entries this time.  The winner was Diane Scotland, 2nd was  Dianne Jackson and 3rd was Cynthia Massey.  The entries and votes gained list can be seen – here – for a short while, usually until the next competition is announced.


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.)

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2 Replies to “June CUP Competition Entry”

  1. Gorgeous Gwyneth I am sure your mother will love it! I love the layout, colours and those flowers are beautiful.

    Linda xxx

    ps good luck in the competition. xxx