A Couple Of Birthday Cards

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Oct 152018
 

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Birthday Cards

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It was my youngest sister’s birthday last month therefore I needed to make a couple of cards my my mother and myself to give her. I didn’t want to give here cards from my stash of ready made ones in cade she’d already seen them online.

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My sister isn’t one for highly embelished cards but I did want them to look a bit more special than a flat card from a shop, so I went for base cards that already had foiled borders and then made toppers using Tatteted Lace dies.

The first one was made using a die from the front of the Tattered Lace number 54 Magazine the “Birds of a Feather Charisma” die. This comes with a downloadable file that includes the image of the birds and foliage in various colour themes ready to cut out. I used one of these rather than colour the cut myself.

I also used one of the Tattered Lace “Antique Lace Essential Square” dies to cut a mat out of pale blue Adorable Scorable.

I stuck the image to the mat but only put glue under some of the image after shapeing it a bit so that it kept a bit of dimension but not a lot.

I then stuck the matted image onto a square card from Kanban that came pre foiled. I also added a “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday) peel off.

For the second card I used an A5 foiled card from the same pack as the previous one.

I also chose to use images that matched the dies for this card, as well as using a matching background that came on the same CD-ROM that came with the dies.

I used another few Tattered Lace dies – two dies from the “Antique Lace Essential Oval” snd both blackberries and flowers from “Bramble Berries & Flowers 3D Decoupage“.

The largest oval I cut out of the matching background and one of the smaller ovals I cut out of white cardstock.  I stuck these ovals together and then placed on the greeting peel-off.

The two brambles branches were cut oit from the sheets I’d printed, before shapeing and sticking the one with berties around the top left of the oval and the one with flowers round the bottom right.

This topper was then stuck to my chosen base card.

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I’ll still have a variety of craft I’m working on, as well as some that I have finished, that I need to blog, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Mar 132018
 

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My Completed Wall Plaque

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Well, it’s taken me quite a few days to make, but it is finished!  Hope you like it.

In case you missed my previous posts on this project – you can find them here:

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Information on what I’ve used can be found, with some links, in the previous posts, but I do need to give a special thank you to Janette Padley of Dragons Lair Designs for putting together the digital download backgounds collections for me.  She’s got a shop up on Etsy – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Page – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Blog – here, and is also on CraftsUprint – here.

CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHING TOUGHES

I started by making up a cord to hang up my plaque.  I decided to make one up myself from three lengths of 6 stranded embroidery thread.  The paler thread in the center and the two darker lengths knotter around using a macramé twisting knot. I wanted a bit of texture, though you can’t really see the twist unless you look really closely because of the small size ofthe threads used, but I think it’s going to work well for what I want.

To attach I threaded the knotted cord through the holes in the plaque and then threaded an end of the thread through a bead and tied it in place to prevent the cord slipping out of the holes.

Next for the decorating – I put the plaque with letter flat on the table and started clustering the flowers and leaves I created on it.

Once I’d got it roughly how I wanted it I started gluing everything in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.  I had thought of using a hot glue gun but decided on the glue gel as it takes longer to set and I wanted the time to move things around until I was happy with how things looked.  I used a big mound of the glue for the center of the largest cluster in the bottom left to hold up the cluster of flowers.

 

Once I got to this stage I decided I wasn’t quite happy with the plaque.  It needed something else.  After a discusion with my mother we decided it needed something round the edge but not more flowers.

So what I decided to do was cut some strips of paper and added different options before laying them on the plaque so that Mam and I could pick the one we liked best.  Always good to have a second opinion when you can’t decide of finishing touches.

From a not very good attempt at distress inks to spots of a purple alcohol ink pen, it was one up from the bottom we decided on in the end – which is Nuvo Drops.

Chooseing to add the drops around the edge after doing the other decorating made it difficult for me to use a ruler to space the dots out evenly, but I managed in the end.

Mam likes it so much I’m going to make one for her as well. So keep an eye out for that.

THE FINISHED PROJECT:

Well, this is it!

Closeup of one area.

The whole piece.

So, onward next with a few UFOs and some more projects I’ve got worked out and the materials bought ready to start. As I tend to craft depending on which bit of me is aching the most, and how I’m feeling on any particular day, I haven’t decided what to do next, but I have had our cleaner pop my sewing machine on one corner of our kitchen table for me so I may get on with putting together some patchwork squares I’ve cut out a while ago. Wait and see!

Oh, and I’ve still got to post some catchups of previously made but unblogged items.

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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
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