The Idea & The Gift
The reason I got into card making with the energy and speed I did was my dad’s 80th birthday which he celebrated about a week ago.
He’d always talked about going to see Paris with my mom but never got around to go. I thought it was about time, so I gifted him a 4-day stay in the City of Love.
Instead of giving him a simple (gift) card, I made an entire project out of it. My goal: present the gift of the trip properly & make a card for each of the most interesting sights in Paris. My dad would have his photo taken with each card in front of those sights and I’d make a photo album for him as well. (Yes, it sounds silly, but if your parents are bad with taking enough photos you just have to force them.)
The Card Set
Having been to Paris myself once I had a good idea what was worth seeing (so much!) and a recent trip by a colleague put some additional sights on my plan.
As you can glimpse, each card sports some iconic building or sight that identifies the point of interest.
The most difficult part was to get all these Paris themed stamps, dies, and embossing tools. Yes, there are many out there, but I don’t need the Eiffeltower in six different styles.
I used a variety of styles to cover the different sights, ranging from stamping to drawing, die cutting and embossing, to using photographs.
To make sure my parents could transport those cards safely throughout Paris I bought envelopes for each card and stamped it back and front to how it some interest.
All of them went into a mid-sized card box, with the Happy Birthday card on the outside. I decorated the box with some Washi tape saying “Happy Birthday” and “Made in France”.
Happy Birthday & Happy Card Maker
My dad was delighted by his present and really touched when he realized I had handmade all those cards.
And I was happy that my birthday present was received so well and I was proud I had pulled all those cards off within two weeks, never having crafted cards like these before in my life.
It’s definitely a hobby I want to keep around.