Hand Lettering Charity Cards

Aside from the actual enjoyment of doing hand lettering, part of my reason for attending the course on modern calligraphy earlier this year was to be able to create sentiments that aren’t available with stamp sets.  Never was this more applicable than when my friend asked me to create some simple but rude cards!  She didn’t want fancy writing as that was too nice(!) so I went for block lettering with a mix of lower case and capital letters.

Another friend has just set up a cat rescue charity and is having a launch party and fund raiser at the end of the month so she asked me if I could create some cat-themed things for them to sell to raise money.  I started by sketching out the letters on graph paper and then traced over them onto tracing paper using a marker pen.

The next stage was to put the card base and lettering template onto a light box and effectively trace the letters onto the card base.  I don’t concern myself if the letters aren’t perfectly traced – they are hand-lettered after all – but having the lettering set up ensures that the sentiment is central and the letters are equally spaced.

To add a little texture and Christmas theme, I ran each piece through a snowflake embossing folder in my Big Shot and added a cat silhouette using glitter card/DSP and the Stampin’ Up! cat punch.

Lastly, the pieces were mounted on coloured card bases.

I’ve also been playing around with arranging lettering from various cat-themed items I have around the house and making them into frames.

The fund raiser is for The Cat Welfare Group and will be held on Saturday 30th November 2019 at Lock’s Heath Working Men’s Club, Duncan Road, Park Gate, SO31 1BD between 16:00 – 18:00.  Pop along for the opportunity to buy some great goodies for Christmas made by local people, have a cuppa and a piece of cake and support a very worthy cause.

Hope to see you there!

The Cat Welfare Group

 

Cat Heart Card

The idea for this card came to me whilst trying to think of a quick project to make an anniversary card for Mr L.  It had to be quick as we were going on holiday for our anniversary and I had to make it in the hour before the taxi picked us up and I hadn’t even finished packing! Panic crafting at it’s best!! It uses the partial die cutting technique to get the opening heart shape and would be perfect for anniversary, valentine and wedding cards.  I also wanted to have a go at hand lettering for the sentiment to fill the heart spaces.

Since the card for Mr L was made in somewhat of a rush, it opens the wrong way (!) and the front heart overhangs the edge.  I had thought that was an error but when I made the MkII version, I realised it was due to the card stock not being wide enough so the second version is only single fold rather than bifold. I used a heart die but circle dies would also work.

The partial die cut is made by placing the die in position on the card front, overlapping the score line, and lining the top cutting pad up along the score line.

When run through the Big Shot, the die will not cut beyond the cutting pad.  I trimmed the excess off down the score line to create the heart shaped front.

I die cut a smaller heart for the front and a piece of Gingham Gala DSP for the inside and decorated them with hand lettering.

I used the cat punch and some silver glimmer paper to make the two cats for the front.

I also punched two cats from the gingham paper for the back of the cats.

I reversed the cats on this card and intertwined the tails rather than having them head to head.

 

 

 

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