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.

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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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A Couple Of Birthday Cards

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A Couple Of Birthday Cards

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As I said in a previous post, I have been asked to make some birthday and sympathy cards. Most of the cards will be Welsh, but I have made a small number of English ones to place in the box for the carers boss to choose from.

I’m trying to go for a mixture of some floral and feminine, and some more masculine or more suitable for either sex.

Card 1

For this card I’ve used items from a Hunkydory Deco-large floral collection.  I used some layers from the topper, and insert, a couple of greetings panels, and a matching sheet of cardstock which I scored and folded in half to make my base card.  I didn’t use the base layer of the decopage, but rather kept that for a second card, and build up a selection of layers using Pinflair glue gel to give dimension.

Unfortunately this photo doesn’t reflect the colours properly, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Here you can see how much dimension was created by using just a few of the decolarge layers.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the matching insert, but you’ll see what it is like in my next post of Welsh cards as I used one with an added Welsh greeting for that.

Card 2

This card is a 6″x6″ pre cut and scored base card (it has a matching envelope).  The topper, backing paper and greetings panel are all from a Creative Crafting World Pollyanna Pickering collection  Fingerlift tape has been used to attach the panel of backing paper both inside and out.  The giraffe topper was attached with 3mm deep foam tape to the front and a white circle was attached inside using fingerlift tape.  The greeting panel on the front was attached with foam tape and the one inside with fingerlift tape.

Hopefully you can see that the circular topper is raised.

And the simple insert.

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Keep an eye out for more cards I made for this order so the person who wanted them had a lot of choice..

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Welsh New Baby And Birthday Card

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Two Cards

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post.  The cards are near the end!

Following on from my last post –

Well, I’m still plowing my way through the photos of the items I crafted last year but didn’t put up on my blog.  I’m also in the process of crochetting another wooly hat for another nephew.  Hopefully I’ll be able to show you that before long.

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MUSINGS:

I have to admit that, while I can appreciate the work that goes into them, and the tallent of the crafter, one type of card just isn’t my style and that’s “dark” cards generally. I prefer my cards bright and cheerful, or nice and pastel.  Something to make me smile or chear me up.  But of course that’s me, not everybod.

I know that there are those recipients who are into that sort of thing and that the cardmaker is spot on with their creation, but what does a crafter do with cards of this type if, say they are really into this type of card themselves, or ar on a design team that wants this type of card, but actually have nobody to give them to afterwords?  Do you keep them in a box forever?  Do you give them to charities?  Do you box them up and give them as a boxed set gift to somebody?  Do you find some way to display them yourself – say in a picture frame or something?

The same goes for any other style of card of course.  What do all you crafters out there do with all the cards and other creations you make?  Do you manage to sell some cards.  I read online lately that somebody on the TV had quoted a really large price for a hand made card that had been personalised, and that she was actually getting that sort of money.  I didn’t manage to actually see what size and standard of card was involved, but I doubt whether it was of any better standard than some of the stunning creations I’ve seen online over the last year.

So then I got to thinking about whether those I’ve read sell their cards for £1, £1.50 or even £2.50, and still not getting sales, are under priceing their cards (I’m sure they can’t be covering the cost of everything they’ve used yet alone the cost of their time to make them), and does having the balls to charge £10 + for a card make those with no sense think that the card must be better in some way than a card that the maker is charging much less for?

Does the fact that some people just want to have the space and are practically giving their cards away for realy cheap prices make it harder for others to charge realistic prices for their creations?

For all my thinking I haven’t worked out the answer to any of the questions I’ve thought of while being incapacitated.  Anybody out there getting a steady stream of card sales for reasonable prices?

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CARDS:

I’ve got two cards to show you today.

Both were made using the same butterfly die – not quite sure which company’s die it was – that’s one big problem with not having the health or energy to blog soon after making cards – I just can’t remember exactly what I used to make my creations, or where I got the items from to link to them.  Thinking back to who they were for – these cards must have been made between Christmas and the New Year.

Both were also made using the same type of cardstock and backing paper – It was a paper with a wide variety of colours going across it and by cutting out of different areas I got a different affect.

I do remember that the two greetings dies came from Tattered Lace – because Tattered Lace are the only Welsh greetings dies I’ve got.

Babi Newydd – New Baby card

Babi Newydd 01 02 Babi Newydd 01 03

Penblwydd Hapus – Happy Birthday card

Penblwydd Hapus 02 01

Penblwydd Hapus 02 03

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