Issue 131, on sale 16th September 2014, is our 10th anniversary issue! Jenny Hodges designed this gorgeous card especially for the occasion; here’s Jenny’s step-by-step guide so you can recreate the look yourself for big anniversaries and birthdays…
You will need:
Your basic craft kit plus…
White & kraft card
Buttons, gems & pearls
Sewing machine or piercing tool & needle
Make a top-fold card blank from white card. Cut a square of kraft card, slightly smaller than the card front, and layer a distressed square of patterned paper on top. Cut another, smaller, square of card and layer with another square of distressed patterned paper – this will go in the middle of the card, behind the scalloped circle focal point.
Sew around the edges of the two layered paper panels and stick them together with a square of cheesecloth in between. You can use a sewing machine, or stitch by hand with a piercing tool, needle and thread.
Die-cut a circle and scalloped circle. Ink the edges of the circle, then layer onto the scalloped circle and stitch around the edges.
Use the die from step 3 to draw another circle onto scrap card, and then draw the number within it – this will be your template for adding the buttons and embellishments! Cut the number shape out with a craft knife, and position your template on top of the layered scalloped circle piece.
Using the template as a guide, arrange buttons, pearls, gems and roses in the shape of the number, and glue in place one at a time. Add to the card front and finish with paper flowers and a bow.
To ensure you get an even spread of texture and colours, lay the buttons, pearls and gems out before gluing so you can get the move them around to give the most balanced look.