Saturday, 18 August 2007

Nephew's Birthday Cards

It's our Nephew's 3rd birthday on Sunday, he is having a party on Saturday. Oliver LOVES trains, so the girls and I decided to do train cards. Here is what we came up with:


First of all I had this photo taken a few weeks ago at a funfair where there was a steam engine ride. Oliver, his Dad and my 2 girls went on it. So this is where the idea for my card came from

I hunted on-line for a picture of his favourite Engine from Thomas The Tank Engine. At the moment it is Diesel, I hope he hasn't switched trains by Saturday. LOL

I open both pictures in Photoshop and "cut" Oliver out of the main pic, flipped him and placed him in the carriage of the train. I can go into more detail if anyone wants me to, but it would of been very long-winded and boring!!!

Next I got a white A4 piece of hammered card, folded it in half and scored. I worked out where I wanted to place the photo and cut 4 slits into the card. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Broken China, Shabby Shutters and Faded Denim and blended the 3 colours on the card. On the white card, I placed some numbered 3 peel-offs, inked over in 3 corners with broken china, then placed some more 3's and inked in the opposite 3 corners. Next I put the wording using peel-offs and inked over the whole card using faded denim.

I then took all the peel-offs off and was left with a shadow effect for the wording.

I placed the photo into the slits and the card was made.

This is the photo printed onto shrink plastic and shrink'ed.

I decided to do a little extra on this card as Oliver is also my Godson. When I was getting the photo ready for the card, I decided to make a fridge magnet with the same image. It really is quite easy to do!

First of all load the image you want to use into photoshop and bleach it, without losing all the details, the more faded the better. Then set your printer onto draft as too much ink and it won't work. This is a 6x4 piece of shrink plastic.

Place the "photo" into a oven and watch the magic begin. Wait until it has stopped twisting and curling and has straighten up. Quickly place it on a heatproof mat, (I used a glass chopping board) and use something heatproof to flatten the image (I used a glass coaster).

I then inked the edges with black staz-on. I stuck a magnetic strip across the back, used a couple of foam pads and attached it to the inside of the card.


This is Chloe's first attempt at decoupage. I think she has done really well!!


As usual Aimee's card is quite colourful and loaded with stickers, toppers, foams, and whatever she can get her hands on !!