Thursday, 19 April 2012

Having a Wonderful Time - Handy Hippo Thursday, Week #11

Good Morning Everyone,

A happy Handy Hippo Thursday to one and all. Here in Scotland the holidays are over and the children are all back in school until the summer. In the meantime, we are all looking forward to lots of Jubilee celebrations nationwide and, unless you are one of the lucky ones that got tickets ... I'm not bitter, not one bit of it ...  lots of TV coverage of the Olympic Games.

So getting into the spirit of things here's the card I want to share with you this week.

The  stamp is of a line drawing of the iconic London Bridge, the detail of which is very clear, and together with the red, white and blue couldn’t be more British. The layout couldn't be easier, the pennants easy to cut out by hand and the embellishments are kept to a minimum.  The fun postcard greeting and sentiment are computer generated. The insert has been stamped with the image too.

As usual materials used for this project are available from Handy Hippo and if you would like to make the same project then simply click on the magic button below and it will take you directly to a shopping cart that contains everything you would need to make it. Once there, you can simply and easily remove any of the items that you already have in your craft stash.

It’s easy to add to your basket any other purchase that you might like and if something is temporarily out of stock you can request to be emailed once it is back in stock.

Here are the instructions on how to make the card:
  • Using whatever software you have on your computer, set up and print 'Having a Wonderful Time!' in black on the lower right corner of an A4 sheet of white card. I've used Serif Craft Artist Professional, but similar results could be produced on any word-processing or graphics programme. The font I've used is Forte, size 28 points, but again any similar font would do as well
  • Fold the A4 sheet of white card in half to form an A5 card base
  • Cut a strip of the red/white striped card 1¾" deep and trim to the width of the front. Wrap a length of navy blue ribbon along the length of the card, making sure it is firmly adhered to the back. Adhere it securely and centrally across the front of the card
  • To make the topper, stamp the image in black on to a piece of white card and trim down. Mat the stamped image, first on to the red card leaving a narrow edge, and secondly with navy blue card, again leaving a narrow edge. Adhere the topper to the left centre with dimensional foam. 
  • To make the pennants, draw and cut out a template on white card in the shape of an elongated triangle, as in this diagram.

  • Using the template cut out 4 navy blue, 3 red and 3 striped pennant shapes. Arrange them across the top of the card front and then glue them in place. Using a white pen, add faux stitching along the top each pennant. 
  • Create a bow from the ribbon and glue it in place. Edge the tips of the white flower with a red ink pad, then glue it to the front of the bow. Add a red gem as the finishing touch to the front of the card.
  • The insert is an A4 sheet of copy paper onto which is printed the greeting 'Wish You Were Here' in the same font as that on the front. Fold the sheet in half and trim to fit inside the card. Ink up the image with a grey ink pad, stamping on to some spare paper first, then stamp on to the bottom left corner of the insert. Adhere the insert to the inside of the card.
Once again I hope I've made these instruction clear, however if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me as I'll be only too happy to clarify where necessary.

I hope you like this card enough to make it yourself - it was fun creating it, particularly the pennants, and the Penny Black stamp is great to work with - obtaining a great impression every time.

It's the wee small hours of the morning and I should get to bed. I hope you all have a lovely day and that you'll look out for next week's Handy Hippo project.

Happy Crafting,


...the yorkshire fox... said...

...great topical card, white & blue are so striking together real sit up & notice colours...super stamp of the bridge and a nice touch using on the inside too...Mel :)

debby4000 said...

Oh what a gorgeous card Elizabeth.

Di said...

Just brilliant Elizabeth! Love all the detail on how to make the card too - a perfect project. Di xx

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth - love that stamp.

Jules said...

Happy Handy Hippo Day Elizabeth

What a brilliant make!!!

Love the bunting very much .. . .it's the perfect finishing touch.

Fabby stamp too!

Love Jules xx

Jackie said...

Good morning Elizabeth, I love your card, and that's a great stamp :o)
Jackie xx

Jo said...

Gorgeous, i love it! So clean and fresh looking, it's fab! Love how you've stamped the image inside too!
Hugs Jo x

Karen said...

A gorgeous card Elizabeth, I love the stamp! Hugs, Karen xx

coops said...

stunning card elizabeth.fabulous design and i love the image and patriotic colours ;D

xx coops xx

Craftychris said...

Fab card, very patriotic! I love the bunting xx

baileyrosy said...

Fabulous card Elizabeth with a great design and yes very clear and concise instruction.