Saturday 12 November 2011

30th birthday cards

My school friends and I turned 30 in 2009 and I wanted to make an extra effort with their birthday cards. I also turned my hand to a new branch of papercraft for the first time - scrapbooking - to make each of them a special gift, which you will read about soon.

In the meantime here are a couple of the birthday cards I made. The first one was on a 'spa' theme. I started with a larger-than-usual A5 card and a printed piece of paper (downloaded from a card making website then printed on my computer) that had '30' all over it. As the background was pink, I then took a piece of pink paper and edged it with a gold outline border. The spa stickers were all from the same pack by Jolie (a popular brand - a bit more expensive but the stickers are either good quality card with extra embellishments like little gems, or sometimes felt). I also used a gold outline sticker saying 'happy birthday' and put that on the same pink paper with gold edging.

This card was for another friend's 30th. She and her husband had recently bought a campervan so when I came across a camper van rubber stamp I decided to make that my theme. To begin, I divided the card in half and stuck pink paper on the bottom half, and covered the join with a piece of sticky ribbon. I used the rubber stamp and pink ink to stamp the camper van across the bottom, and I also downloaded and printed a picture of a pink camper van, which I matted onto another piece of pink paper to stand out.
The '30' embellisments are from a packet of table confetti; it seemed a good way of getting lots of shiny pink '30's but it turned out that they were very hard to stick! Also in the confetti pack were several pieces saying 'flirty thirty' but these weren't much easier to stick on!
As I final touch I added some small bee stickers as my friend had recently taken up bee keeping - cool hobby!

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