Card making

Black and Gold Birthday Cards

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.

Ignore the wrinkle in the gold paper…

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.

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37 thoughts on “Black and Gold Birthday Cards

  1. Sorry for commenting so late but I have been away. And WOW, well done on being included in the list, that is fantastic! You must have been so happy, but I am not surprised. Your cards are super. I love this trio too. The diagonal cut is very effective and yes, a cute bear is good for everyone. I hope you celebrated!

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  2. Thank you, hope you had a lovely time. I haven’t celebrated, I’m not really sure what is a suitable way to celebrate that! Maybe a cardmaking related treat? But don’t tell Mr C, he’s already sweating about me needing a craft cupboard extension!

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    1. Oh no! I try to mix up the types of cards but some people have had the same stamped image 2 years running. I just go for the ‘like it or leave it approach’. 😂

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