A few months back, I treated myself to a craft knife. I haven’t used it much, but was quite pleased with the cupcake card I made with it, so decided to try more papercutting.
When making the cupcake card, I cut the image out of paper and stuck it to a card blank. I was feeling more adventurous second time round and cut the image out of the card blank instead and stuck coloured paper behind it.
This card is for a birthday.
And I used this one to RSVP to a wedding invite. I’m really pleased with them both and will definitely make cards this way again. It is quite effective and relatively quick.
I only tend to make fairly basic cards, but I still really like this one. It’s for a young birthday girl whose favourite colours are pink and purple. It was really easy to make. After trimming the coloured paper, I drew the cupcake on the back and then cut it out using a craft knife. I then used double sided sellotape (a card making essential in my eyes) to attach the paper to the front of a card blank so that the cupcake appears out of the background. Hopefully it is simple, but effective!
The world doesn’t stop when you’re away and during our holiday we heard some great news. On our return I made cards for those occasions where cards were suitable. I even had them all posted at a post office (at least one needed a large letter stamp) within 24 hours of landing!
Some of our friends had a baby girl. Obviously we knew they were expecting, but we didn’t know the sex of said little one. The baby sampler I was working on for ages is for them and unfortunately it didn’t get finished before we went away as work and getting ready for our trip got in the way. I need to finish it asap!
Another friend got engaged. I found this card topper in my card making box so went for a simple and effective look (I hope).
Finally the day we flew home was the birthday of one of our friends. Ok, this wasn’t a surprise, but a birthday that was almost a month away wasn’t on my radar when we left! I sent her a message as soon as we returned and hope the card will only be a few days late.
The rest of the good news is more long term, so I have a while to make something for them!
All these cards were made using gift tags. I’d say that the longest one took five minutes, so they really are quick!
I had the perfect backing paper for this “Happy Birthday” gift tag, with faint flowers on a dark pink background. After a quick trim with my guillotine and with a little double sided tape I had a pretty card.
This more masculine birthday card again started off with a gift tag. I trimmed the tag down slightly and then sacrificed a blue card blank to give me a coordinating stripe to stick across a white card blank.
I had originally chopped the blue, white and red gift tag down to use on another card, but it didn’t quite work. I thought it looked quite effective on a red card blank on it’s own.
This was by far the quickest card to make (although my least favourite). All I did before sticking the tag down was to chop off the back of the tag (as it, like the others were folded tags).
I now have a small stash of cards for when I need one and have no time to make one. If you like the tags I started with they were all 15p from Card Factory.
I know I’m not the only one who finds male birthday cards hard to make. I decided to go relatively simple for FIL’s birthday. I couldn’t quite decide what paper to use as I didn’t have particularly boyish colours, so I made two!
I wrapped the ribbon around the paper before sticking the square down so that the edges didn’t appear to be cut.
Happy Birthday was stamped using my new alphabet stamps (also used here).
Now I need to decide which one to give him (or maybe I’ll get his son to choose!)