Thank you for all the supportive comments on my lacking inspiration post about my father in law’s 70th. I’m pleased to say I’ve had far more luck today!
I have ended up making 4 cards. I’m still not wowed, but at least they’re done.
The top one is probably my favourite, very simple using Kanban Birthday Celebrations foiled card and a Christmas double sided metallic card pack which were both Create and Craft member’s free gifts ages back.
I used a Tattered Lace steampunk bird die as well as a DCWV paper stack and a watch cut from the DoCrafts Chronology kit for the second card. It’s ok, but I am not pleased with the 70 itself, it just refused to work.
The third card is a Hunkydory Little Book of Everything page decoupaged matted onto the same Christmas double sided metallic card pack as before, then on a plain piece of blue from the same pack, with a Sara’s Signature Collection die and 70th cut from the silver mat using my Scan’N’Cut.
The final card uses the Hunkydory Fantashtique kit which I had forgotten I had (oops, it had never been used! Must have had it around 18 months). I complemented it with a lovely Burgundy from the Christmas double sided metallic card pack and a sheet from my DCWV paper stack.
The Moral of this I think is to not keep putting off the important cards!
I like buying my craft supplies in a range of places, find some exciting bargains. Last year I discovered a set of moustache stamps in a shop in Edinburgh called Tiger (one has now opened in Newcastle, too) and I only paid £1!!
I wanted to keep the design of this card simple to show off the stamps. Here’s how to copy me:
5 stamps along a theme and ink
White stamping card
A 6×6″ card base
A circular birthday greeting
1) Mat a piece of background paper 14.7×14.7 cm onto kraft card 15×15 cm.
2) Stamp your chosen theme and cut out.
3) Cut a strip of kraft card 12x3cm and stick to left hand side of card, leaving approximately 1.5cm border above, to the left and below.
4) Cut a strip of coordinating (or clashing would be really effective) background paper 1×14.7cm and stick along bottom third of card, over kraft layer.
5) Stick your 5 stamped images down the kraft layer – I used a stepped pattern, but a straight one would work, too.
6) Stamp and cut out circular greeting.
7) Cut out 5 narrow strips of background papers and snip into banner shapes. Fasten these under circular greeting to make a rosette.
8) Stick rosette on the narrow piece of background paper from step 4 to the right of card.
9) Glue (or use double sided tape) completed card front to card blank.