Wednesday 18 November 2020

Card for Josh aged 12

We have a young neighbour who celebrated his 12th Birthday a while back on Bonfire Night (5th November). Len immediately came up with the idea of a dog for his card as Josh became the proud owner of a lovely black Labrador puppy during the Summer. She is 'growing rapidly into her paws' - lots of puppies seem to have oversized feet which I believe generally  indicates that they'll be quite big dogs when fully grown. She's a lovely pup and is Josh's pride and joy - he begged for a dog for years and finally his wish came true, thanks to lock down.

This is the card I made for Josh, using Len's idea:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening

- snippets of plain grey card (SU Smoky Slate) and red and white spotty paper from a 'Summer Goodness' paper pad - free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine a good while ago. I still miss that magazine

- die cut the grey card and red spotty card to size using a Waffle Flower 'A2 Layer Dies' set

- I found the free Clipart image of the pooch etc. online and resized it in GIMP before printing it onto white card and then cutting it to size using one of the Waffle Flower layering dies 

- next, I die cut the word 'celebrate' using another snippet of the grey card and an Impression Obsession's die from a set called 'Birthday top edgers'

- glued the sentiment onto the image layer using a Zip glue pen and snipped the excess from either side

- then it was just a case of glueing all the layers in place 

This card design is almost the same as the card I recently made for Livi's Birthday - as I had all the layer dies selected and out to hand, it seemed silly not to move straight on from making her card to making this one for Josh. 

Some of you have said that you're considering whether or not to invest in the Waffle Flower layering dies. For me they really have been a game changer in terms of accuracy as well as the fact that you can also use them to 'gut' paper or card thereby making a single piece go much further. As yet, I've not used the in-between sized set so I can't say whether that will get much use or not. I would just buy the main A2 set and take ir from there if you're unsure.t

And how about this - just supposing you've already assembled and glued together your card and then decide to add a sentiment banner right across the top layer. We all know how easy it is to be just a gnats whisker out when using a trimmer - but you would just cut your banner to the height you want it to be and then you can use the same die you used for the top layer to position the sentiment centrally (which I struggle with unless I measure and do some calculations with pencil and ruler) to die cut it toexacrly  the same width. For me it's a bit of a no brainer really. I bought mine from Bumbleberry Crafts HERE - but right now they're out of stock. Perhaps some of you have already sneaked in?!

Speaking of 'gutting' paper - ie. cutting the middle out to make it go further, there's another style of card that I've made a few times in the past - like this one., known as 'Triple Layer':

They're great fun to make and can be subtle, or pack quite a punch like this one I made in January 2014, which uses some tropical/very bright papers.

To make this card I measured and cut it all by hand - in the process using three sheets of the 6" x 6" patterned paper to get the continuous alignment effect as well as a similar amount of the plain card. The idea is that the end result looks like the patterned sheet with the pattern just broken up by the plain frames. Using the A2 layers die set(s) I can now get everything I want from a single 5.5" x 4.25" sheet of patterned paper and also from the same sized piece of plain card. 

I have yet to prove it, but the optimist in me says 'of course it's possible!' ☺ Once I'm fully ready for battle again - getting there thankfully!


  1. That looks like a perfect card for josh. Isn't it lovely when you buy a set of dies that are really useful?

    Glad to read that you're"getting there".

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Love your cards and can imagine how happy Josh was to get his dog! Those dies sound interesting, certainly sounds a good plan xxx

  3. A perfect card for Josh. I won't be rushing off for those dies because I hardly ever make that size of card but I can imagine just how handy they are. Hope you are taking good care of that shoulder.

  4. Two fantastic cards Di, I'm sure that Josh loved his personalised card. The second card is gorgeous and a great way to make a small favourite piece of paper go further.

    Sue xx

  5. I wanted to thank you for explaining the dies to me in a Flickr comment too. I'm thinking about investing in them. They are on my wish list. There have been quite a few "pandemic puppies" on my street. Which have grown into full size dogs since this whole thing began!

  6. A fabulous card and I like the sound of those dies too. I remember that paper you used for the triple layer card - I had some of that too!
    Kath x

  7. Oh how perfect is your card for Josh l am sure he loved it and your right his dog will be big you can tell from their paws 🐾 xx

  8. I can see why you wanted the dies as they make layering so much easier. Unfortunately I make far more square cards than I do rectangular ones and I went for a look and the square dies are much smaller..I like the biggest to be somewhere around 51/2" if they are for layering, but the 5" x 7" set are good I think. You have made a brilliant card for Josh Di, and the freebie silhouette was a good find and love the grey with the red and white spot dp. x

  9. I am sure Josh loved his card and will keep for ever.
    I use nesting dies quite a lot, easy way to get perfect layers.
    Hugs, Carol S.xx

  10. I LOVE the card, the spotty paper and grey card is a fab combination Di, the dog and paws with the hearts is spot on! (sorry) for this card. He's going to love it I'm sure. I like the look of those dies, I must keep it in mind, perhaps for Christmas?
    Keep safe
    Faith x

  11. A fabulous card for Josh and lucky him for finally having a dog. Len certainly has great ideas when it comes to cards for the young ones. As for tempting us to buy more nesting dies.... I'm trying (and failing) to cut back on spending!!! xx

  12. Wonderful card, and your neighbor will love it I'm sure! Such a thoughtful card

  13. Good to see you are back in "work" mode with this lovely masculine card. Josh and his pup are going to have so many wonderful times and years as they grow up together. Now take it easy let that shoulder ease back into taking up the burden again. xoxo

  14. Bet Josh loved his card. It is super. I still have sheets of that paper pad .Gosh Is it really from 2014. Time is flying at a rate of knots. Hugs Mrs A.

  15. Aww what a lovely doggy card, bet he was pleased!
    And your layered card is a stunner! I like the idea of those dies but I ain't looking till after Xmas ;)


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