There's a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz today, and this time the theme is Hope You Feel Better Soon. It can be pretty difficult to think of a get well card for a man - it's traditional to send flowers to people who are unwell, but floral cards tend to look rather feminine. So do pop over to the site and look what the DT has come up with for you - you might spot some ideas you would like to use for future cards of your own. And we'd love you to share YOUR ideas with us!
My first thought was of man-flu, but I wanted to make something that didn't have to just be used for flu .... what about those familiar black boxes of man-sized tissues?
For the outside of the card, I made a "medical case" from black card with a beige core, scoring a line all around the edge and sanding the whole thing to make it look aged. The corners are photo corners, the handle cut from a scrap of brown card and the "rivets" are tiny brads. The red cross symbol is made from a die cut circle topped with tiny strips of red card.
The glass is just a glass shaped snippet of white card covered partway with acetate to look as if it is half full of water. After sticking it to the card, I used a very fine black marker to draw a line around the sides and base, but not the top, to make it stand out a little from the white background. The two "pills" beside it, waiting to be taken, are Candi. I know most pills are white, but they wouldn't have shown up. And if I'd used blue Candi, my card might have suggested a completely different ailment!
Now on to the inside. I cut a second piece of card, slightly smaller than the A4 sheet the outer card had been made from, and marked, scored and cut lines to give a tissue box shaped pop-up. I covered the box areas of the pop up with black card, then used wood grain paper on the base and a tiny Victorian wallpaper print paper on the upright panel, to suggest a bedside table beside a bedroom wall.
The "brand name" panel on the box is made by stencilling the letters onto a scrap of black card with a white gel pen. After preparing all the panels, I used a small oval die to cut the "top" of the tissue box, then cut down a real tissue to a suitable size (for a standard sized tissue, this worked out at about two-thirds the side length of the original) and pushed it through the opening so it is peeping out. I stuck it firmly to the underside of the box top, towards the front of the opening so there would be no gap showing when the card is open.
Then I carefully folded and burnished all the folds and stuck it into my outer card.
All the materials used were Very Old Stuff and all but the wallpaper were snippets (the wallpaper was from a pad I've had for years and years and was still in it's wrapper - how naughty is that?) so I am playing along with
Pixie's Snippets Playground week 201
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