Monday 7 October 2013

Digital Card for Amanda

Most of the cards I've made recently have used backing papers from various Nitwit Collections.  The collections are designed with matching papers and elements so that you can create digital scrapbook pages and so far I haven't used the kits in this way until I put together a birthday card for Amanda, my cousin's daughter.  Amanda loves animals and is particularly fond of the two dogs they have at home.  Earlier this year she had work experience with a local vet and took all the jobs, including getting hands on, in her stride.  Using this as a theme plus the Nitwit Collection Tail Wags I made up a scrapbook page topper for her birthday card.

The My Craft Studio Professional graphics programme was used to manipulate the different papers and elements of the Tail Wags Collection and also to add a sentiment to the tag.  To personlise it further I chose two photos of their family dogs Ruby and Buster to add to the layout.  

The topper was sized and layered to fit on to an 8"x 8" scalloped card and was printed on to canvas photo paper I bought from our local Lidl shop and although pleased with the print out I wasn't happy with the first version of the layout but used it to cut out a bone, a paw, love my dog sign and a button to layer on to the final version later.  After a little tweaking I was happy with the second version and also printed out an extra button and the letters for the dogs' names.  Stampin' up's half inch circle punch was used to punch out the letters.

As well as layering up some of the elements an orange border was stitched around the edge to add a contrasting frame and Stampin' up's Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and  orange brads were added as extra embellishments.  The edges of the topper were also distressed to add texture

There was a little more experimenting with the double layered insert for the card.  After printing out a message from the computer I masked it off, chose the same backing paper from the Tail Wags Collection as was used on the topper and put it through the printer again.  A frame cut using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities rectangle dies was then set over the messagae and a bow and  paw print cut using a Quickutz die were added as embellishments.

On the other side of the insert a stamp from Stampin' up's French Foilage stamp set was used to create a mud splatter effect using their Chocolate Chip ink.

I really enjoyed making this card and experimenting with the digital kit to create a peronalised card.  Hopefully Amanda will like it too.

Thanks for reading today


  1. What a gorgeous card, inside and out! Spotted it on MIM xx

  2. Such a cute card , I seen your entry on MIM ~ mines at entry 47, hugs xx

  3. Wow Liz I love your card and I'm sure Amanda will love it. It is definitely a keeper!
    Great colour combo and I love all the doggy elements. Got to love Nitwits.
    Happy crafting and thanks for the visit.

    Hugs Erika. x

  4. oh wow looks brill....thanks for sharing with us at CRAFT x carol

  5. Gorgeous personalised card Liz..fabulous photos and love the paw prints,such a clever idea.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. Very special card with great design. I'm sure it will be treasured. Pat K xx

  7. What a clever design (I love Nitwits, but anything beyond just printing the elements is beyond me, so I'm very impressed by your digi skills!!!) I absolutely love the pawprints!!! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

  8. Hello Liz. Joanne here from CC&CC. I noticed that I have not heard from you on claiming your prize for our challenge #49 Flowers. I would love to award you your prize! Please e-mail me at with your email address so I can help you claim your prize! Hugs, Joanne

  9. What a wonderful personalised card - I love the idea of a scrapbook card, and Ruby and Buster make great centrepieces! Great pawprints too...

    Thanks so much for signing up to follow Words and Pictures - great to have you on board!
    Alison x