Another Get Well Card

You will have seen from my previous post that my sister-in-law suffers with bad health.  We didn’t know it, but, she has been gravely ill and in intensive care (my husband’s family aren’t the greatest communicators 😦 ).  At the same time we received this news, I also had news from my parents that my Uncle in Australia has been quite unwell, so decided to make the same card for both precious members of our extended families.

Using a digital scrapbooking kit “Happiness” from one of my most favourite designers, Dawn Inskip, I created this card:

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How the card was made:

Using MS Publisher, I dragged one of the papers onto the canvas and re-sized it by “grabbing” one of the corners so it measured 14.85 cm x 14.85 cm (see my post “An Abundance of Birthdays” for details of how to set it out on an A4 sized canvas).  I placed my “Created with love” logo in the middle of the opposite side of the canvas (this will be the back of the card).

The tag and bird on the branch are elements in the kit – the nice thing about using things from one kit is that they all co-ordinate.  I added a shadow to the bird on the branch and a butterfly in Photoshop Elements and created the word art using the font “Chalk-Hand-Lettering-shaded”.  I then placed this topper in MS Publisher, together with 2 more birds on branch and printed them all on 300gsm coated card.  I cut the elements out and cut out just the wing of one of the birds then layered the bird using self-adhesive foam squares.

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I fastened the completed topper to the card using brown brads with my Silent Setter by provocraft (a must as I’m a night owl and don’t want to wake my family by hammering 🙂 )

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I created the insert – just a simple greeting “Get Well Soon” using the same font as above and completed it by going over the greeting with a teal coloured Sakura Gelly Roll glittery pen.

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I think I’ve included everything you need to know, but if there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

 

 

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“Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh”

In case you didn’t know, this is my favourite Kaiser Chiefs song.  Takes me back to the time when I took my eldest daughter to the “alternative” clubs with her friends…. lovely memories!

Anyway, the reason I thought of this title is because my cousin Lynne and her husband Chris celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary last Sunday, their Ruby Wedding Anniversary!  Here is the card I made for them…

  • I added a square of white pearlescent card (just smaller than the white card base) which I’d placed inside an embossing folder and run through my X-Cut Xpress.
  • I then took a length of red satin edged organza ribbon and threaded it through a diamante heart slider.  Tucked the edges behind the pearlescent card and glued into place, then attached to the front of the card base with self adhesive foam squares so it stood just proud of the base.

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I created the insert with greeting “Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary!” with Clicker Script in MS Publisher and added a scattering of digital rubies from my digital stash .  I added spots of glitter to make them sparkle.

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I always like to add something to the front of the insert and just created a dot trail and swirls with my Quickie glue pen then sprinkled a pinky-red glitter.

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I’m very pleased with the result – a beautiful, elegant anniversary card!

If there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

Today I have two cards to share with you.  One for my nephew’s 14th birthday (Ben) and the second for my cousin’s son’s 10th birthday (Ethan).   So, here we go…

I love nothing better that to spend time with family and Ben’s 14th birthday was no exception.  Ben is an avid footballer, an Arsenal supporter, hence the theme of my card.

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I was actually brave in making this card… you might think why, but I’ve had my Pazzles machine since October 2012 and find it very complicated (unless that’s just me being a techno-phobe) and haven’t used it very much.  I took a chance and joined 2 circles, welded them together which made the base for the card.  Then my idea just followed through. I thought I was so clever!

  1. Using black card & Pazzles Inspiration die cutting machine, cut out circle card base (6 inches)
  2. Cut 2 circles (5.25 inches) – one red, one green for mattes for under the football shape
  3. The football (black) is from the Pazzles library.  Cut 2 – one for the front and one for the inside. Also cut out 2 white circles the same size.
  4. Using a scarf element from one of my digital scrapbooking kits, I manipulated it in Photoshop Elements8 to get the red and white stripes (Arsenal club colours), added “Happy Birthday Ben” using the Waltograph font (available free from dafont.com) and printed and cut it out by hand.
  5. The Arsenal shield is from google images which I printed and cut out, then highlighted all the gold bits with a gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
  6. I hand-wrote the greeting inside “It’s your Birthday,… have a ball!” with a black gel pen.

It was a glorious spring day here in the UK and my lovely sister and hubby cooked a lovely roast lunch too!

My second card was for my cousin’s son, Ethan, who has autism.  He’s a lovely boy and collects anything of a technological nature from iPads to mobile phones.  With the techno-theme in mind and his age (10), I thought a robot card would be just right for him.

Ethan's 10th Bday card - robotHere’s how I made it.

  1. I chose to use the “Tinker” digital scrapbooking kit available free from Everyday Mom Ideas because I liked the cute robot.
  2. In MS Publisher I opened a new A4 29.7 x 21cm page with no margins (my printer has the facility to print without margins) and, as a guide, drew a line down the centre of the card at the fold line (14.85cm).  This needs to be deleted before printing.
  3. I then dragged my chosen paper – white with multi-coloured cogs/gears – onto the page and resized and cropped it to fit in half of the right hand side of the section.  I found a light blue-grey paper amongst my digital stash to match the same colour cog in the 1st paper and followed the same action, placing it under the cogs paper.   The happy birthday greeting is the “automatika” font which I colourized using the colours in the cog paper so it matched.  Once this background had been assembled, I then deleted the guide line I had previously drawn at the fold line, printed it off onto A4 glossy card and allowed it to dry – the pigment inks I use take a while to dry sufficiently.
  4. It was now time to “assemble” the robot.  I did this in Photoshop Elements8 using the robot from the “Tinker” kit, a party hat and balloon from my digital stash.  I recoloured the party hat and balloon using colours to co-ordinate with the gears/cogs on the paper and also recoloured the white parts of the robot to grey.  I popped the party hat onto the robot’s head and placed the balloon to make it seem as if the robot was holding it and saved it as a .png element with a transparent background.  I then went back to MS Publisher to gather together the elements for the card front.
  5. I inserted another page – Insert>Page>1>After current page OK – placed my robot, a photocorner from my digital stash, a strip of colour to match the darker blue 15cm wide, a grey strip with 0s and 1s binary and arranged them all so I’d have plenty of white around the robot so as to be able to cut out the correct size, printed it out on A4 glossy card.
  6. I then cut out all my elements, punched round corners (using my X-Cut corner punch) to the robot card, ran the blue strip through my Cuttlebug inside a polka dot embossing folder to add texture, and assembled the card using self-adhesive craft foam squares.
  7. As always with my cards, I created an insert from A4 120gsm paper and adhered it with double-sided self-adhesive tape.

Hope you enjoy my cards!