60th Birthday Card

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60th Birthday Card

Today’s card is another that the boss of our carers requested.  It is a 60th birthday card for one of the carers.  I hadn’t had any specific instructions more than the usual “big and blingy”, so this time I took the autumn and autumnal colours as a theme as that is what I saw when looking out the kitchen window thinking about what to do – and I just happened to have a collection of very suitable cardmaking items in one of my boxes.  So out came the box, and out of the box came the collection all over the kitchen table.  A lot of shuffling around, moving bits here and there, choosing a bit, then another, and I had everything I wanted in one bundle ready to start, and the rest went back in the box for another project.

What I Did

Firstly I scored and folded the A3 sheet of cardstock to create an A4 base card.  I then trimmed a couple of sheets of cardstock from the collection so that they could be used as matting and layering under the topper, leaving a margin from one layer to the next.

The chosen topper came with a framing element so I stuck the central topper directly to the mat underneath while I put foam tape on the framing layer and put it around the topper.

As this card was requested in English I could actually use some greetings panels from the collection on this card.  One of which I put two layers of the foam tape underneath it to make it even more dimensional.

Of course, the collection didn’t come with a 60th birthday greeting so I typed one up and printed it out at the required size to fit where I wanted it to go.  I put a strip of cardstock left over from cutting one of the mats behind the greeting and cut the ends into tails before shaping it into a wave and putting some small pieces of foam tape in two places and fingerlift tape in another to keep it’s shape when stuck down.

It was then a case of embelishing by shaping some of the foiled leaves from the collection and sticking them around the card using glue gel, and also putting on some faux gems.

As I’d printed the greeting towards the top of a sheet of paper it meant that I had the majority of the sheet left after cutting the greeting panel out.  This I trimmed to a rectangular piece that I stuck to the front of the box I was recycling using fingerlift tape.  I then shaped a few more foiled leaves from the collection and stuck around the edge using glue gel.  I finished off with some of the faux gems – putting one in each corner.

What I Used
Finished Card And Box

I had trouble getting a photo to show the image clearly while at the same time showing the metallic look of the cardstock mat and the foiling on the topper and leaves, so I’ve got a couple of slightly different angled photos to show you what the card looks like.  This is the first one.

And this is the second one at a slightly different angle in different light condition.

This is an angled photo from one direction to show a bit of the dimension.

And this is another angled view from the bottom right corner, again showing that the elements on the card have been built up and shaped a bit to give dimension.

The box.


I have a non card related project on the go, the November calendar page I’m working on, as well as more Christmas cards part done, so it shouldn’t be too long before I have another blog post to show you.


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5 Replies to “60th Birthday Card”

  1. Hi Gwyneth this is a gorgeous 60th birthday card. I bet the recipient was thrilled to receive this one. Take care. Hugs Jackie