April sees a huge number of birthdays and I end up making cards in bulk (I don’t like that word, it makes me think of cupboards filled with bargain loo roll and gallon bottles of bleach-not beautiful things!)
When I’m making multiple cards, I tend to turn to kits or packs of decoupage with matching papers, it’s like a dating app for papercraft. Some combinations are a definite ‘no’, others are an instant match and some are more of a slow burn. For Christmas I was given the Docrafts Forever Friends Classic Decadence paper and decoupage set. It’s a great set as it’s really versatile, with options to make both masculine and feminine cards for all occasions and enough materials to make a lot of cards.
I had a card to make for one of my closest friends for her birthday, and since it was being hand delivered I went to town on the decoupage and used all the layers. (I normally skip one or two to make sure it’s within postage limits for a regular letter!) I used contrasting papers cut on a diagonal for a change and the chose one of the die cut greetings. Really simple to make, but I think it looks luxurious with the black and gold together.
The next card is a 50th birthday card for my step mum. I wanted to make another posh one, and again it was being hand delivered so the decoupage was out in force. The kit comes with alphabet and number stickers so I was able to add them as a nice reminder of her age! I finished this one off with a gold glittery bow, just because. It was a handy way to use the other halves of the diagonal cut pieces from the first card too.
Finally I had a card to make for my brother. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be hand delivered or not so I erred on the side of caution and kept it flat. I also kept this far simpler, but the kit comes with a large selection of die cut images and frames as well as decoupage. I chose the greeting with diagonal lines as it reminded me of chequerplate and it gave a masculine feel. (I think the Forever Friends bears have universal appeal so didn’t shy away from using a bear picture.)
There we have it, three birthday cards made in bulk in an hour and a half, and not a cheap loo roll in sight!
As this is a cardmaking post, I thought I’d also share that my blog got included in a list of top 100 cardmaking blogs which was a huge surprise, and of course very exciting. It also meant I could add a badge (which took some figuring out!) but it worked in the end. You can check out the full post here.