Card making

A Big Birthday Card

This card is big in two ways, firstly it is larger than A5 (the less asked about that the better!) and it is to celebrate a big birthday. Today my mother in law is 70! There’s nothing quite like the pressure of making such a special card to bring out the worst in a card maker. My cupboards were emptied but just look at my floor!

Please tell me I’m not alone with the “ooh, I’ll just get that out” and “it needs some of that, oh and that.” It’s a good job I was alone as Mr Craft may well have disowned me at that point!

Anyway, Santa was very kind and bought me two Docrafts card and decoupage packs. I chose the Folk Floral one as I thought it was really pretty, and had some great papers for layering with. Having had a peruse of Pinterest earlier in the day I’d decided that a gatefold card might be nice for a change. I got out my Crafter’s Companion scoreboard and scored my lovely thick card stock using the A4 lines. It turns out my paper was from a watercolour pad and was larger than A4 so it didn’t meet in the middle. It was and pretty useless gate! I cut my front paper panels larger so that they met in the middle, covering up my minor error.

I then assembled the decoupage using foam pads and added and pretty few glitter dome stickers to a flower or two for a bit of sparkle. I chose some yellow ribbon to contrast with the navy paper and attached it using double sided tape. I then added paper panels to cover the ends of my ribbon. The large bow is attached using a brad poked through the back of the knot. I often do this as I am way too impatient to wait for glue to dry and tape never seems very secure.

The finishing touches were numbers to make 70 from the die cut pack and some yellow and cream flowers, again with the glitter domes in the centres. The envelope had to be especially made, and once more I used my scoreboard.  This was another fail because of the dodgy sized paper.  I fudged one together somehow, even if it did have a few extra score marks here and there!

The good news is she loved her card. The bad news is I completely stuffed up Slimming World with this afternoon tea which we all enjoyed together to celebrate her big day. (It was delicious!)

How do you approach making ‘extra special’ cards?

19 thoughts on “A Big Birthday Card

  1. Sorry – I know I am late as I was away, but you know I have to join in with all your card posts! Lovely colour combination for this. I like a gatefold card but ALWAYS struggle to get the gates to meet neatly. It’s like when you hinge a cupboard and it will not sit right. The more I tweak it, the worse it gets! Your finished card is gorgeous, and the patterned envelope is a perfect finishing touch.

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