In recent years, I have tended to make similar cards for both mine and Mr C’s mums as I was limited for time. This year, however, I had a whole day set aside for the job (actually just the part of the day where the children were at school/pre school, minus time for doing chores).
I have always loved stepper cards, and have made them in the past by hand. However, the Silhouette Cameo machine has revolutionised my cardmaking in that I can just have the pieces cut for me! I don’t mind measuring and so on, but the time taken is time away from choosing the pretty bits. I bought an SVG file from a designer (I can’t remember which one) which came with small scale commercial use permission. It was one sixth of the cost of a commercial licence one from the Silhouette store! I then used papers from my DoCrafts Folk Floral collection. It took me a while of rearranging them before I settled on which patterns made the final cut, and which panel to use each one on. I loved the fact that the Cameo cut them to exactly the right size so that all I had to do was stick them down and embellish them, I used several die cuts from the paper and die cut pack, and created the text on the Cameo. Embellishments were basically anything I could get my hands on in colours that coordinated. I do love a good girly card! Sparkles, gems, ribbons, you name it, it’s on this card. It’s a good job I delivered it by hand-the postage would have been extortionate with all those fancy bits attached.
Mr C asked for tulips on his mum’s card, so I did a quick search on the Silhouette store. This particular card caught my eye as the blank panel can have any greeting added, so I can use it again for spring birthdays etc. I went for pink tulips as they seemed a nice bright colour choice, and used green for the base card. I think I should have used thicker card as the top tulip is a bit bendy, it looks like it’s swaying in the wind as the double layer of pink over the top is a bit heavy for it. This was one of those occasions where I decided to just go for it and use both tools on the machine at once. I actually held my breath until I could see that it had started ‘writing’ once it had finished cutting. I didn’t embellish this one at all as it didn’t suit it, the colours and shapes were so bold on their own that they didn’t need any fuss.
I had lots of fun using my Cameo 3 to make these and I can definitely see lots of potential for it to be used for other cards. Both cutting files that I bought can be used again, so they were worth the investment. I think both mums liked their cards and gifts too. (Mr C let the children use my cardmaking stash to make their own cards for me, and they definitely didn’t hold back on the embellishments! I don’t mind, they had fun.)