Card making

A Flock of Cards

I’m not sure how many sheep themed cards it takes to make a flock, but three felt like plenty! As I wrote in my 17 for 2017 post, I’m aiming to make cards for my ‘stash’, so that I’ve got some to draw upon in an emergency (how much of an emergency is a forgotten birthday, really? Maybe calling it that is a slight exaggeration!) Anyway, having been caught short a few times, I began a mini marathon of cardmaking today. 

When browsing the last issue of Papercraft Inspirations magazine, I spotted some super wool/sheep themed designs which included some free downloads. They were just too much to resist, the little sheep looked so sweet and the knitted effect background paper was just the job. I also wanted some other backing papers, and I knew I had some that were suitable somewhere. Have you ever give up looking good for something and then it’s turned up when you were hunting for yet another lost item? That was me this morning. I’d given up on the papers, and then, when I was loading the washing machine, I spotted them in my eBay selling pile! They were quickly brought back from the brink of being sold and returned to my stash, where they met their fate at the hands of my guillotine instead. 

I cut out the sheep by hand (quite roughly, think more hairdressing trainee than salon director), which took a lot of decision making. Trim right up to the picture or leave a border? I went for the border as the legs looked super fiddly to cut around and they’d have been easily bent or damaged when attached the card with 3D foam tape. 

Once I’d cut out a few, I began the design process. This basically meant rearranging lots of bits of cards until I was vaguely pleased with it, after wasting a few pieces from cutting too small/wonky etc. In the end I came up with three designs, which I think work well and quality hopefully bring a smile to someone’s face on their birthday!

The thing they all have in common? A super cheesy greeting! They were so simple and quick to make, as well as bring fun. Here’s a little group shot, just to show the flock together. 

They used so few resources it’s unbelievable. They were just what I needed to get back into cardmaking, being quick as well. (I had to photograph them quickly in the kitchen whilst I cooked the Shepherd’s pie for tea as I’m so busy at the minute!)

Real life ‘photography studio’ set up!


Free downloads from Papercraft Inspirations 

Free papers (the green ones) from another cardmaking magazine (3 or 4 Christmases ago!)

3D foam tape

Double sided tape

25 thoughts on “A Flock of Cards

  1. I think ’emergency’ cards are very important. I also keep some lying around for different occasions…. but ever since I started doing that, I haven’t forgotten an occasion. Haha. Great work 👍🏽

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    1. Thank you! I think it’s less a case of forgetting and more not being prepared and ending up rushing making one the night before. At least now I can smugly whip out the spare cards box and choose one. 😂

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      1. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail…. (that’s the first thing they taught us in aviation school) hehe. I guess it works all over!

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  2. Brilliant! As soon as I read the first sentence of your post I thought ‘three cards is a flock’. Definitely. And as we agree, it must be right! Love these. So cute, beautifully finished and fun too.

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    1. Thank you. The light box is quite good, I’m still not great at setting it up for a perfect white background with no shadows but it was a good investment, especially for winter. (In the summer our conservatory has the perfect light for photos.)


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