To celebrate World Cardmaking Day, I have a quick project to share with you – a birthday card for my nephew, Oliver, which whipped up lickety split!
Oliver is almost finished with High School! I can’t believe it! I still remember him as a toddler, playing with miniature police cars and imitating the sounds they made in Austria, where he spent his early years, “Dee da daaaa, dee da daaaa!” He was only a few years old, maybe not even 2, and I remember how the little lump of love would get on my yoga mat with me and imitate the poses. He was the cutest most adorable toddler ever (speaking with complete objectivity) and now he’s grown into a striking young man that towers over me.
For my card project, I wanted to stay away from typically feminine colors. I also don’t know that boys generally appreciate lots of media or artistic effects in the cards they receive lol. So I kept my card simple, but tried to highlight the beauty of my die-cuts with soft inking.
When I saw this die set from Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix called “Balloons,” I fell in love. Balloons are the perfect symbol for birthdays, no? They always make me feel happy, whimsical even, and put me in the mood to celebrate. You can create many cute variations with the dies included in the set.
Folks, I am finally reunited with a Magnetic Platform yay! I didn’t fully grasp how much I loved this thing until I started crafting in Vegas and realized I had forgotten to bring it with me. This thing has become indispensable for precise placement of my wafer thin dies. Notice in the pic above the simple sandwich. You just lay one acrylic plate on top of the platform, your cardstock, your dies (face down), and the second plate. Then send it through your Big Shot. Also notice how I want that little heart die to stay put in the center of my balloon die. The Magnetic Platform snaps those dies right in place. Remember that if your acrylic plates are old/warped, that will mess with the magnetism. So when they wear out, get new ones.
I inked all my die-cuts, my mat, and my base with just one warm hue from Clearsnap – Butter Chalk Ink Limited Edition. Clearsnap’s stylus makes inking smaller pieces much easier than it would be using other, bulkier blending tools I see on the market.
Being that this post celebrates WCMD, I ask myself why I make cards. For me, it’s all about making others happy and reminding them that they are loved. Simple or intricate, that is always my purpose when I create them.
How about you? Why do you make cards?