As I'm finding it increasingly difficult to get to my studio I've been trying to find more and more ways to stay creative at home. One of my solutions has been to make birthday cards for my friends and family.
Back in July I made two cards for my friends Rachel and Tamzin. Rachel's card was a cut out design based on leopard print. I cut out shapes that would symbolise the main spots and then cut several thin stripes around these to create further detail to the spots. I left the card white and placed a layer of white tissue paper underneath, so that the cut out design was the main focal point.
Tamzin's consisted of a simple fabric heart stitched onto card, with uneven 'Happy Birthday' stitching. The fabric I used came from an old Topshop skirt.
This month has seen both my boyfriend's and my Dad's birthday. My boyfriend, Declan, isn't really one for cards, so I tried something different for him. He's really into tattoos so I thought he would appreciate a collage card of cut out letters from Skin Deep magazine. I also organised a treasure hunt for his birthday, and the numbers on all the clue envelopes followed the same style. This was a really fun and easy card to make, I didn't have to worry about neatness and I'm really pleased I managed to find a different font for each letter - my favourite is the 'A' in 'Declan'.
Tuesday was my Dad's birthday, and for his card I found a sample square of bobbly silk, frayed the edges and stitched 'Happy Birthday Dad' onto it.
Today is four months until Christmas and tonight I'm going to start thinking about what I want my Christmas cards to look like. This may seem a bit premature but I know just how manic Christmas is going to be. I'm working full time now and the more I can get done now the better!