I wrote that I had entered the Card Maker of the Year 2017 in a previous post. Amazingly, I got 3rd place! I actually knew about this a couple of weeks ago but was asked not to publicise it until the results had been announced in this month’s edition of the magazine.
I dreamed about how I would feel if I was chosen but never really thought It would happen. Perhaps because I have little experience of card making, my work was a bit different to the other entries! I really want to thank the judges for selecting me,
I regret not have taken better pictures or some videos of my entries as they are not returned after the competition but these are three cards I made.
Since I applied for this contest, I noticed that there was another big competition next month and I am working on that at the moment. The contest gives me the goal to focus on which is good for me.
Now I ‘m hoping to make many various types of papercraft , learn new techniques and improve my skills. It’s also so much fun!
以前のポストで Card maker of the year 2017に応募した事は書きましたが、何と3位に入賞しました！実は連絡は少し前に頂いていたのですが雑誌が発売されたので公に発表します。
Today is my sister’s birthday and this year I decided to make her card myself.
After some research, I chose to make this flower card. There are various examples of people making similar cards on the internet and YouTube. Please check out the links at the end of this post if you are interested.
The technique requires some effort and a lot of patience but result is much better if you take your time with it.
When you open the card, the flowers bloom. The effect is almost like time-lapse photography. I was really pleased with the results but as I said, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right.
I also added lace finishing to the petals and dancing butterflies with acetate. In retrospect, I should have made the flying butterflies larger.
It was difficult to show the card’s effect in pictures, so I made a video this time!
I hope she likes it. Happy birthday my lovely sister!
After finishing my three cards for the competition, I breathed a sigh of relief and then started making my next card. I’ve made it for a neighbour of my husband’s parents because she also does handicrafts and has given me some card making magazines and other craft materials. I think that I became interested in card making because of the many nice magazines she gave me. I wanted to thank her for this, so I made her a handmade card even though I’m not very good at it yet.
I was thinking about what kind of card to make and discovered flip cards. The method was quite simple, so I decided to make it with the tools and materials I already have. (Once again, I was able to utilize the Flower Fairy materials I got free with Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine!)
At first glance, the process of making the flip card seemed quite simple but when I started making it I realized that there were so many things that you have to consider. The fact that it was a lot more complicated than I expected made it more enjoyable. And now it’s done, I hope she will like the card!
I wrote about Card Making & Papercraft magazine in an earlier post, Craft Making Magazines. I have been buying it fairly regularly since last year and was attracted to the August issue because it included Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies’ card making collection with die-cutting cards and a paper set. I bought it immediately!
But this story is not about free gifts! What caught my attention this time was a page advertising the Card Maker of the Year 2017 competition. Once I’d seen this I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Even though I’d never made any serious cards before, my mind was a whirr of ideas for different designs.
Having seen how great last year’s winners were , I don’t think I stand a chance. But what the hell, I don’t have anything to lose. (Although I have bought a new stamp and embossing powder etc., which cost a lot of money! Haha!) Anyway, I decided to go for it!
Once I started the project, I really enjoyed it and somehow I managed to finish the 3 cards I had to submit for the competition! I am relieved that they have finally been posted because I’m off to Scotland soon. Incidentally, it seems that the winners will be contacted within two weeks.
Whatever the outcome, I was pretty much able to produce what I had in mind, so I am satisfied. It’s made me want to keep on learning new techniques and to continue making cards and other paper craft designs.
私の初めて購入した雑誌については別のコラム、”ハンドメイドマガジン”で書きましたが今年の夏も購入しました〜同じ雑誌 “Cardmaking & Papercraft”を。恥ずかしながら理由はやっぱり付録につられて。Cicely Mary Barker のフラワーフェアリーズのカードメイキングコレクションでダイカットカードやペーパーがセットでした。即買い！
でも今回のお話はそこではなく私の興味を引いたのは雑誌の中にあったコンテストの募集ページでした！その名も “Card maker of the year 2017” これを見つけてからいてもたってもいられず、カードメイキングなんて真剣にやったことないくせにどんな作品を送るか一生懸命考えました。昨年の受賞作品を見ると『私なんかどうせ無理』と思わされる素晴らしい作品ばかりなんですがダメでもともと、失うものは何もないで挑戦してみることにしました。（とは言えスタンプやエンボッシングパウダーなど新たに購入したので結構お金はかかりますね。笑）作り始めてみるとこれが楽しいのなんのって久しぶりに集中して何とか３作品仕上げました！無事に郵送も完了してホッとしています。（この後はスコットランドに行ってきます）