Saturday, 17 September 2011

Anniversary cards - a Balloon, a Pop-up Heart, Two Swans and lots of Love!

I got a bit carried away on our last wedding aniversary. Couldn't decide which card I liked best and ended up giving my husband not one, but three cards! I just love the image on the front of this card, yet another free one from the Graphics Fairy.

"Anniversary card number 1 - front"

The flowers are from organza cut with Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals die and then singed around the edges with a heat tool before layering together with brads. You need to use the cheap organza, not the real silk fabric, or you don't get the right affect. I use a pokey tool or embossing tool to hold the fabric down onto a heatproof mat while I heat the edges. Work quickly and bring the heat in from the outside in, or you'll just end up with a lump of molten plastic! Probably best to keep the windows open too - you never know what nasty fumes you'll get from heating plastics.

"Anniversary card 1 - inside pop-up heart"

My husband must get bored saying how nice my latest card is, so I try to give him a "Wow" on the inside of the cards when I can. I was in a "love you so much it hurts" mood when I made this one :). The die cuts are Spellbinders "Fallen Angel" set.

"Anniversary card 2 - True Love"

Swans mate for life. I was lucky enough to meet my soul-mate and we have been married for over twenty years now. I just love this Kanban topper and the way the swans' necks form a heart.

"Anniversary Card 3 - Love"

The basic design for the third card was a blatant rip-off of a card featured in an article in "Craft Stamper" magazine, but whilst their card was carefully stamped & embossed, mine used up a sheet of red & gold heart-themed peel-offs, and I had some unusual embellishments for the tag inside the card:

"Anniversary card 3 - tag"

Yes, you see correctly - there's a tea caddy spoon attached to the key! I thought it was a nice variation on the "love spoon".

"Anniversary card 3 - inside"

The unusual part of this card is the integral box of chocolates with a heart-shaped aperture covered in acetate to stop the chocs falling out (as you can see, most of the choccies have been eaten :)).

Hope you all have a good weekend x


  1. My word, Tom is a very lucky man indeed. I love the red peel-off card. Its fantastic. And the Tim Holtz one too. Oh who am I kidding, I love all three. Theyre brilliant cards. Is there.....any more choccies left?? No?? Aw well. Heehee. Lee xx

  2. gosh - three different but fab cards, I have trouble just coming up with 1 for my anniversary!!

  3. Well, what a romantic!!! Three lovely cards..I'm sure he was well pleased! Ruth x

  4. What a set of beautiful cards.

  5. Wow you have been busy and all so beautiful! Elaine-xxx-

  6. What a great selection of cards - I think the red ones my fave

  7. what a talented lady you are theses are beautiful

  8. beautiful cards,bet your husband was well pleased. sue xx

  9. wow, such a superb selection and so diverse. stunning.
    Lisa x

  10. how lovely to make and give 3 stunning cards to your hubby, each is so detailed, you can see a lot of time and effort went into making them, Fi x

  11. This is such a clever and beautiful card. I so love the idea of balloon pop up. Thanks for sharing inspiration.

    Rasmi xxx
    Wedding anniversary cards

  12. How can I ever thank you for this tutorial.. Do you know the pop-up anniversary cards on You can view too many design from this website.

  13. This is what I expected.. Have you ever see the pop-up anniversary cards . I found them on google, their website : They are the top of pop up 3d cards supplier in Viet Nam.


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