After last week’s fail in the greeting card world, I’m going to tell you about three cards that went pretty alright. This is not to say that it was a straight shoot from beginning to end because you will be able to tell from card #3 that there is almost nothing linear about this greeting card making process.
The three occasions for which we are making cards today are a co-worker’s birthday, a friend’s bridal shower, and a friend’s 30th birthday – in that order. I started by choosing a piece from my stash of creative objects that I thought spoke to me about each of the people. The co-worker and I have lots of discussions about life goals and dreams, hence the “do what you love and do it often.” The bridal shower girl is one of the most fun quirkiest people I have ever met that I have known since freshman year of college, hence the one-of-a-kind polka-dotted bird. For the friend’s 30th birthday I felt like I wanted to make a bold statement of color, henceforth I chose a stamp that I knew would make a big impact.
The next step was to make paper choices. Also, you can tell I already started making changes. I thought to myself, what does a big flowery stamp really say about a person? Nothing. But she does love cupcakes.
The Do What You Love and Do It Often sticker was actually an inspirational wall sticker from Walls Need Love. I decided that there needed to be two one-of-a-kind birds because her fiance is also a quirky lovable fellow that I have known since freshman year of college. And I made a background change for the third card AGAIN.
I ended up deciding that the birds didn’t need to say “one-of-a-kind” and it would be cuter if it just looked like they were a fun couple of birds, so I cut them out. I couldn’t decide which bird would be her and which would be his, but when I asked her she said she wanted to be the purple polka dot one. Also, please don’t ask what that cutout blob is in the middle of that card, it was a good idea at the time. Or something.
I realized I didn’t want to put a cupcake on front of the polka dot card so ended up handwriting a “30!” on the front of it. After all that. But I couldn’t completely let the cupcake go…
Take a look at the final products!
my favorite part: the asymmetry of the cover and the polka dots
the challenge: making up my mind about what would be good enough
my favorite part: the purple polka dot bird, I’m proud that I thought to use printed paper
the challenge: figuring out exactly how to space the birds on the front
As for the last card, I realized around 2am the night before I gave it to him that I needed an envelope for it, and then it occurred to me that I needed to make the envelope because it was over 6″ in both directions. So I got to work.
my favorite part: the color combo and the fact that there is no “inside” of the card
the challenge: making the envelope
Which card is your favorite?
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