The force made me or Yoda birthday card

I felt compelled to make this card today

Use aperture card I did.
Sketch of Yoda in 4B pencil on 200gm fine grain paper it is.

It’s my brothers birthday soon and Yoda is one of his favourites, I hope he’ll like it.

Quick tip for this card, the last thing I want is for the sketch to get smudged when it’s opened. I cut a piece of the clear wrapping that the cards come in ( it’s some sort of cellophane ) and placed it over the top of the sketch before using double sided tape to hold it all in place inside the aperture card. Works like a single glazed dream.

May the Force be with you.



So you’re going to tie the knot, engagement card

Some friends of mine have become engaged, you know who you are.

Naturally a card is called for, and for some reason I felt the need to make a paper knot card.

It was as simple as tying a knot in a piece of paper, well nearly.

When you tie a knot, one of the tails that sticks out of the knot is reversed so I cheated and cut it off just inside the knot, turned it over and poked it back in the right way around. I added the white paper on top of the silver to give it some texture and I also liked that two different threads papers have been knotted tied together, just like my two different friends, ahhhh.

It’s tricky to photograph metallic paper, so you can’t really tell, but it’s a gold background with silver and white ribbons of paper across it, and yes, I used my favorite aperture cards, a Papermania 240 GSM square card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cms.

Congratulations you guys.


When you just can’t find the right card

We received a lovely party invitation and I wanted to reply in kind. I quickly came to the realization that if I wanted the right sentiment I would have to make it myself.

So here it is, my very own We would love to attend card. 

I was inspired by a beautiful card with the word love written in scrabble letters. Once I got home, out came the little one’s wooden blocks.

I stated by trying to use just large blocks but was missing a couple of letters. I ended up swapping out a few large blocks for small ones. I feel that it works with the random, fun vibe I was going for. As usually happens I spent ages playing with the layout and ended up going with the second photograph I had taken.

In photo shop I didn’t do much to the photograph other than gray scale it and, in the image section, go to adjust, and change the brightness and contrast so that it was still legible once I had re-sized it.

Printing on paper was not up to scratch, so, out came the photo paper. I only use inexpensive photo paper from the supermarket but it makes a big difference to the clarity. The image on the right is on photo paper the one on the left is on plain paper.

It was then just a case of taping it into an aperture card, I use tape as glue buckles the card and you don’t have to wait for tape to dry.

I love aperture cards, this one is a Papermania 240 GSM square card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cms. I always have a stash set aside, they are so handy and mean I can whip up a very smart, personalized, heartfelt card in next to no time.

So, have fun playing with toys.