Saturday, September 8, 2012

Birthday Cards

I have several birthdays in August so I had to make some cards. One was a quick card using left overs and the other took a bit longer, but both were fun to make.

The first card also doubles as photo frame. I covered chipboard with this pretty pattern paper from MME. I covered both sides of the chipboard with paper so it looks good from front and back.

I used a Sizzix die to cut out the frame shape. I have two of the same Sizzix frame die, but in the second die I took out the frame "center" cutting blades so it would cut a full shape with out the "hole".

It's not hard to do, you just need a good pair of pliers!

I slipped a mat in front of the greeting, here the wood grain paper. To add a photo, just slip out the greeting and slip in the photo. I also used foam strips to raise the front of the frame for a shadow box look.
I made all the flowers using punches and flower stamens from the cake supply store. I colored the spiky white stamens with Copic markers to a  warm yellow shade.

The  card below was for my sis-in-law. She likes western themed things so these left over chipboard pieces from Cosmo Cricket made quick card embellishments. 

The sentiment is part of a set from Close to My Heart.

I hope the recipients of these cards liked them!

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  1. Cute cards! I did not know you could alter a die like that. Can you put the piece back if you want to?

  2. Berta what stunning cards you've made! I love how card # one is dual purpose - it'd make a great photo frame! I've always wondered how to cover chipboard with paper and ensure a smooth, neat finish. Would you mind sharing how you do this?

  3. Vicky, thanks! I adhere the paper to my chipboard before I cut it with my die and Bigshot. For the frame card, I cut a piece of chipboard about an inch larger than the die shape I want to cut out. Next I adhere the paper to both sides (if you need it double sided,which I almost always do). I use a gel medium or Modge Podge to adhere the paper.
    When the paper is dry, I just run the paper covered chipboard through the die cutter and I'm done. No edges to line up, or craft knife to trim the paper or sanding to get a perfect edge.

  4. You always inspire me! I love the idea of a card that is also a photo frame.
    And I like the ctmh sentiment with the horse saying it.


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