My brother recently had his birthday and so I made him a card and a gift (of course). The card is a pop-up with a little bit of artsy flair:
I'm going to tell you a secret: the artsy flair is covering up a mistake! Isn't that a good reason to have some artsy flair? I miscalculated my pop-up element and so I needed to make the sides of the card longer. Scraps of painted paper to the rescue!
The pop-up element is one I designed in Illustrator and then exported as an .svg file, converted over to an .fcm file in ScanNCut Canvas, and then cut with my ScanNCut. Whew. That sounds like a lot, but it's really quite a simple process!
Here he is with the card:
The background is painted deli paper, which really collages around a canvas so very easily! Plus it's the quickest and easiest way to get a layered painted background down. The text and the silhouette are both stencils I cut using the ScanNCut.
This is the photo that the silhouette is based on:
It's pretty low-res because I stole it from my brother's instagram feed. If I had used a higher-res photo, I might have gotten a slightly cleaner silhouette image, but nonetheless, I think it's recognizable as my baby bro. Funny how the silhouette makes him look like he's wearing sunglasses, though....
As a minorly related sidenote, I have to tell you that after his birthday dinner we bought the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had in my life (and I get around when it comes to chocolate chip cookies). You can see us clutching them in the photo:
They're from Sweet Corner Bakeshop. If you ever get a chance to buy a chocolate chip cookie there, go for it. It's fabulous!
Anyway, back on subject, handmade gifts are always a good thing, but I especially love being able to give gifts that are personalized to the receiver! That's why I always try to include names or photos in the cards and gifts I make. How about you? Do you personalize the gifts you make? Or is the fact that it's handmade enough?
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