My Entry For The CUP July Competition

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The results of the July competition run by CUP has been declared and the names of those who entered have gone up, so I can now show you the card I made.  My card came in at 18th.  The theme this time was Male Birthday so I didn’t want to make anything too ornate.  Please click on the thumbnail images to have a look at larger images in each case.


As my father isn’t into sports or drinking or pubs I decided to use a background scene as the main image and as matting and layering I took shades of blue from the sky and yellow from the halo around the sun in the photo, with a bit of gold thrown in.

1Male Birthday 2012 Card 02  2Male Birthday 2012 Card 07  3Male Birthday 2012 Card 06  4Male Birthday 2012 Card 08

  1. sunset bckground kit 1 by Katrina Oldham (I printed my chosen image from the kit of many backgrounds out twice at half size onto Crafty Bob paper.  I trimmed one around the edges and then, after measuring, cut it into three panels.  I cut a narrower strip from the centre of the second copy to use as a dimensional strip on my card.  I went around the edges of each of these panels with a black Promarker to cover the white cut edge.  Each of the three panels were stuck onto gold mirror card and trimmed to leave a border of approximately 2mm. Each of the gold matted panels were stuck onto a blue pearlescent paper and trimmed to give a border of 4mm.  I then used a texture rolling tool to give a pierced effect 1mm in from the edge.  I prepared my base card by scoring and folding in half an A3 Centura Pearl card.  I trimmed a texture blue paper to be the same size and a yellow, linen textured, cardstock to be 1cm smaller in all directions.  After rounding the corner I used a Hougie Board to emboss a radiant sun pattern across the whole card-stock before using gold brads to attach the yellow card to the blue textured paper.  These were then stuck to the base card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted panels to my prepared card, and the same tape to attach the extra layer to the centre of the middle panel.  I finished off the card with a gold, die-cut, scalloped edged circle which I matted onto the same iridescent blue paper as the panels and attached to the bottom right of the card where the embossed rays terminated using 3mm deep, double sided foam squares.  A simple Happy Birthday greeting was added with the foam tape.)

  2. Closeup of embossed “rays” at bottom left corner.
  3. Closeup of gold matted greeting at bottom right corner.
  4. Closeup of bottom of central panel to show dimension.



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CUP Mailer – There have been three mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post.  If you don’t get them delivered directly to your inbox then click below to see online copies of them.

  • 20th July – here.
  • 23rd July – here.
  • 25th July – here.

July Card Making Competition – The results are in and the winners have been announced – here.  The entries and the points received by the top 40 can be seen – here – for the time being.  First prize went to  Dianne Jackson, Second prize went to Marion Enefer, and the Third prize went to Dianne’s sister Cynthia Massey.  Congratulations ladies.  There were 48 entries this time, from all around the world, with a nice assortment amongst them.


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

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4 Replies to “My Entry For The CUP July Competition”

  1. I love this card Gwynetth, it is simple but effective, and it is such a refreshing change from all the normal ‘male’ cards with cars ships etc x