Birthday Dinos cards with a modern twistby StickerKittenJanuary 11, 2017 |

Hi everyone, hope you have all had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year! I spent the last part of November and most of December super busy with craft fairs and Christmas crafting so today I’m just posting up a few Birthday Dinos cards with a modern twist that I made a few months ago.

I’ve described them as ‘modern’ but what does modern mean in crafting? It’s hard to pin down but when I think of modern cards I think of bright, stylish colours, materials that layer up well like vellum, acetate and washi tape, and balanced designs that don’t have too much frill or flourish, but enough to be pleasing to the eye.

In these cards I’ve incorporated some of the craft trends of 2016.

I have got into shaker cards in a major way over the past 6 months. They look super fancy but are actually pretty straightforward to do. You can just use any acetate left over from various bits of packaging, and shaker cards are a really good way to show off pretty sequins – another major craft trend that is still growing. No longer relegated to the realm of kids’ crafting, sequins are back big time in all kinds of beautiful gourmet mixes. Not quite sure what I’m on about? Check out Lucy’s Cards to see how tempting they all are! Don’t forget to check out the StickerKitten shop too for sequin packs to match my paper ranges (and where you’ll also find the super cute little handmade dinosaur buttons I’ve featured on these two cards).

Finally I think calligraphy and interesting typography have become more of a focus too. I picked a happy looking cute font for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment above that comes in my Birthday Dinos stamp set, and for my friend’s lovely little new baby Fynn I stamped his name with the Stampin’ Up Brushwork Alphabet stamps. My calligraphy is not very good and I probably don’t have the patience to improve, but lovely husband James is getting pretty good – you can have a look at his pretty scribblings on Instagram.

So this year we’ve started working on our new craft range which I’m hoping to have ready for launch in Spring – I’ll make sure to give you sneak peeks as we go so keep an eye on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more details.