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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Style Circus Birthday Card on: April 25, 2012 09:44:06 AM
Hi!

After the 'New Home' card went down well earlier this month (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406533.0) I went ahead and made a vintage circus themed birthday card. It felt like it took forever, considering there isn't a massive amount going on in it! But I enjoyed doing it  Cheesy

The finished card:


The rope holding the 'Happy Birthday' sign is knotted through both the sign and the card, and the circus sign is attached with some chunky bronze chain (so it clunks about a bit).
The upside-down acrobat in the top left corner is attached by a strand of black cotton that I wrapped around the cutout to match where the rope was in the original image, so she twirls around in a breeze  Smiley
It doesn't show well in the photos, but the larger acrobats and the circus tickets are stuck on with sticky foam so they stand out from the card a little.

My only definite requirement for the card was that somewhere the black and gold pompom should make an appearance, so on the elephant's hat it went!

Here are close ups of the top and bottom of the card for a little more detail.




I made a bookmark too, which I put inside the card so the tassel was hanging over the edge (didn't think to take a photo though  Roll Eyes) but here's a little pic so you can get an idea! The bookmark was just an image printed onto thick paper, glued onto card, and a tassel made from embroidery thread attached through the hole.

The gift box for her necklace I made from black card with a few bits of ribbon, card and a button stuck on for my friend's initial  Smiley




My friend loved it, so I'm happy  Cheesy
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Vintage style 'New Home' card - with cat! on: April 02, 2012 01:16:31 PM
Hello!

I made this 'New Home' card for one of my best friends who has recently moved house. She's a big fan of cats and all things vintage, so I'm hoping this ticks a few boxes. If this card is a hit then I'll attempt a circus themed card for her birthday later this month!

Here it is:


A couple of progress shots:






The backgrounds I printed out onto regular printer paper and glued to the card template.

The gorgeous print I used as the border at the front was a free download from deviantArt member freaky665 (here's the link, it's a pack of five textures:  http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Victorian+grunge+texture+pack#/d22vzq1).
The lovely key background and vintage cat image I downloaded (again, free) from a blog called VintageFeedsacks (http://vintagefeedsacks.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Backgrounds).

I used sticky foam to attach the ribbon with the key and to give the whole thing a bit of depth.
Unfortunately I don't yet have any stamps or ink, so any inky bits are from my trusty felt tip pens!

I don't usually dabble with paper craft unless there's a specific event coming up, and this time was no exception (apart from the fact I remembered to take pics)! I really enjoyed making this, so I may have to make a few more soon  Smiley

Hope you like, and I'd gratefully accept any hints or constructive criticism that'll help me improve!
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