As always I’ve left it late to make a card so a kit came to my rescue. Earlier this year I picked up a bundle of Docrafts Owl Folk papers and die cuts. They have come in handy a few times for various last minute cards so I knew where to turn in my hour of need.
I had a birthday card to whip up for a friend, and the Owl Folk range has a good selection of friendship based images and sentiments. I chose a decoupage image and, since it wasn’t going in the post, used up every single layer with as much foam tape as I could lay my hands on. It was a super 3D affair. I then cut off the fancy bits of a tag to make a greeting small enough to fit on my base card with the main image. (I had a bit of a play with layout and my usual overlapping methods didn’t work with inch deep decoupage!)
The background was really tricky as all of the papers were just a bit too bold or similar to the decoupage and therefore didn’t give enough contrast for my liking. In the end I used the urban stamps and some sage green ink to stamp a background straight on to the white card. It’s not awesome, although I like the fact it is subtle but still links the images together.
The final step was embellishments. This was a Goldilocks type situation, gems were too sparkly, pearls were too fancy but orange buttons were just right! I arranged them in a way that I thought balanced out the white space. The style of the embellishments looks like it it’s about 7 years out of date but it works for this particular card so I guess that’s all that matters.
It was a nice change to do something not Christmas related, but I really must learn that cards for December birthdays must be planned and made in about June. (The good news is the Owl Folk kit will keep me supplied with birthday cards until about 2040.)
Do you ever leave things until the last minute? How do you plan out your crafting to avoid these situations?