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Cards for invited speakers

I’ve been doing up a few cards these evening. 2 of them are for invited speakers at the CSS Faith Formation talks.

I realise I enjoy designing cards for priests. For one, there’s all these little Christian details I like to add. I’ll scan the bible and print it on brown paper, and then find silhouette images to cut. I chose a deer for this one (adapted from here). Reminds me of the verse from a song, ‘as the deer longs for running streams, so I long, so I long, so I long for You’.

**OK, on second thoughts, I’m really not sure if this is a deer. But whatever it is, I’m pretty sure it longs for running streams 🙂

This second card is for Father Marin. I wanted to try this papercut card idea that popped into my head. As you can see, the normal envelopes won’t do with this kind of design because it’s quite hard to pull out. I was lost for a while after making this card because it didn’t fit any of the envelopes I had. I finally decided to custom-make an envelope that would make it easy to take out the card.

The one I made has a flap which can be folded down.

Here is my cross closing mechanism refined. All you have to do is to pull off the vertical piece.


A Priest’s card

I was asked to make a card for a priest who served as spiritual director and whowas leaving. I was told that I could design the card according to whatever I had in mind. Great! 😀

So I took out my handy dandy elephant poo paper. But since it was cream in colour, and the envelope was also cream in colour, I decided to use my vintage brown stamp pad to add some colour to the elephant poo paper.

I like how it turned out. The vintage brown really brings out the texture of the elephant poo paper 😀

Since he is Catholic, I decided to add some Catholic details, like a cross at the back of the envelope, and a cut-out dove.

If you look carefully, the cross also serves as a closing mechanism. The lower vertical part is supposed to be tucked underneath the upper vertical part. It doesn’t really work that well as I didn’t leave enough space on the upper vertical part to allow secure tucking in, but I will refine the design in future cards to come.

Overall, I am quite pleased with it. Here are more pictures, which you can click to see a larger one:

Appreciation card

When my friend heard I had intentions of selling my handcrafted creations soon, he kindly asked if I could make some thank-you cards he was planning to get for some invited speakers. That got me experimenting around with my materials. I tried some templates from‘Pop-up Best Greeting Cards’ by Keiko Nakazawa which I borrowed from the library. There are much nicer stuff other than alphabets in the book. This is what I spent the evening doing:

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward