Making a birthday card for a man
It's often difficult to design cards for the men in our lives. Flowers are too feminine – anything cute or pretty doesn't do it. But this abstract pebble card is simple and masculine.
- White card
- Page pebbles in different sizes
- PVA glue
- Marble imitation gold leaf
- Circle punch
- Plastic tub
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Take five page pebbles: one large, two medium and two small. Vertically centre the large one on the right side edge of the card, then create an interesting layout with the others.
Remove the pebbles, one at a time so you do not forget the positioning, and use a little PVA glue to attach them to the card.
If you like, you can reposition a misplaced pebble slightly using tweezers, but do not push it too far, otherwise the glue will show.
Gold Leaf Variation
This variation on the basic design uses gold leaf for a rich result.
Put the imitation gold leaf face up in a plastic tub. Position each pebble on the gold leaf, sticky side down
Press down firmly to make sure that the gold leaf sticks to the pebble.
Gently rub off the excess gold leaf and then apply a little PVA glue to the back of each pebble.
Using a three-aperture card, centre and glue the pebbles to the inside of the card through the apertures, so the positioning is perfect.
As an alternative to using the gold leaf, you could back each page pebble with a different printed motif or with a small personal photograph.
The content on this page is taken from First Card Making, published by Collins & Brown.
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