Card Making,  Chronic illness,  Lifestyle

Hand-making Mum’s Birthday Card

It was Mum’s 65th birthday this week. To mark the special occasion I wanted to make her a handmade birthday card. I’ve been making my own greeting cards on and off for a few years. Mostly I stick to Christmas cards but have made a few birthday cards.

After watching a lot of youtube videos from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner for inspiration. I had a few design ideas in mind. I really hoped to be able to make a flip card. Sadly I feel that the design I had chosen might have been a little bit too advanced for me. It looked messy & I wasn’t that happy with it. I went back to the drawing board and choose a more simplified idea using some of the same features.

Using a 7 x 10 white card blank, (I’m not sure why I bought that size, it’s huge!!). I chose a gorgeous sheet from the 12 x 12 paper pack pictured above, that I bought from The Works. I trimmed it down to be slightly smaller than my card base. Matting the patterned paper with silver sparkle paper that I bought from Hobbycraft.

I die cut numbers 6 & 5 three times using my Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine. Twice out of white card stock and once with the silver card I used previously. I also cut a happy birthday sentiment and a hexagon frame three times with both the white and silver card stock. I also cut out a hexagon that I can put behind the die, which is where I’m going to place the numbers as a focal point.

Once all my die cutting was done I stacked the numbers and sentiments together. To give them a little dimension, The birthday sentiment was really delicate and a bit frustrating to line up. I used one of my magnifiers to get them lined up as best as I could.

After stacking the die cuts I attached them to the card, backing the hexagon and the word birthday against some purple card. Once attached I stamped a sentiment inside the card and placed a made by Nicola sticker on the back of the card.

As well as the card from David and me I made a nana card using a 6×6 card blank, stamping happy birthday from a stamp set I bought from AliExpress. The butterflies I had previously cut out for Mum’s card but didn’t use I glued them to the card blank with a cut out of nana.

What I’ve learned from making this card.

  • Any imperfections add a little extra too the card. It might not be completely straight or there might be of adhesive visable. But my mum appreciated the time and effort I’ve put into making her the card.
  • I need to invest in some better adhesive. The glue that I’ve got comes out to blobby. I need to find something with a finer tip.
  • I don’t have to create the card in one session and that I should take my time to get it as close to perfect as I can.

With Alex’s birthday coming up in November I’ve already got an idea of a card I’d like to make him. I’ve also started to think about the cards I hope to make for Christmas.

Have you ever given a handmade card or gift to someone?


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