This card measures 5.5ins x 5.5ins and is made using a white linen effect hand cut blank.
I recently bought this PaperMania Bookprint paper pad (£4.00 from Hobbycraft) mainly because I love the effect of using “printed” text paper on cards
I wasn’t too fussed about the illustrations until I came to this one, which screamed Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to me, and as I have seen a few Diamond Jubilee card making competions that I am tempted to enter …. this paper was the spur I needed.
I decided that I wanted Big Ben to be a feature on the card, so I cut out a section of the paper that completely covered the front of the card blank that included it. I then smudged Big Ben and the postmark with just a hint of brown colouring chalk to age it a little.
For the flags I used part of the A4 sheet of Union Jacks that I had created previously using Publisher, cutting out quite a few individual flags, for the bunting, which I double layered to give dimension and then others to form a higgledy piggeldy mix at the bottom to resemble the top of a flag waving crowd, some of which I double layered too.
The finishing touches were made using my old style Dymo label maker for the wording, a thin peel off edging strip on the bunting and a scattering of gold stars for good measure.
I’m never sure what judges of card making competitions look for, but at least it will be a change from images of the Queen and corgis, crowns and palaces…. oh and handbags!