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My cardmaker of the year 2015 entries

Hi everyone, each year Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine run a Cardmaker of the Year competition. You have to send in three cards and the winner receives a huge prize of craft goodies and a chance to craft for the magazine. There are also prizes for the runners up. This year I thought I would have a go so I’ve sent in three cards.

The first is made with the Bohemian range from Trimcraft.

Cardmaker of the year 2015 - Bohemian love and wishes aperture card by StickerKitten

I tore up little strips of different papers from the 6×6 pack and glued them lightly to the card before sewing over them with the sewing machine. This was my first attempt at sewing on card so I was a bit scared but it went through perfectly and I’m so pleased with the result! The only thing you have to watch out for is that sewing through card/paper may blunt the needle over time so you may want to have separate needles for card and fabric.

Sewing on card with a sewing machine

Next I die cut an aperture in the card and then hung a little metal key in it with twine.

Love and Wishes Bohemian Aperture Card by StickerKitten

I then stamped the ‘love and wishes’ sentiment on to kraft card, cut it into a banner shape and attached it with foam tape. The inside of the card is decorated with Bohemian paper too.

My next card is made with Graphic 45 papers. I used the 8×8 Botanical Tea paper pad and recipe stamps from Lili of the Valley.

Botanical Tea Easel Card by StickerKitten

I made an easel card which is propped up by a little ‘eat cake’ sentiment (Vintage Affections stamps from LDRS, Birthday Sentiments, Personal Impressions).

Eat cake stamp closeup Botanical Tea card by StickerKitten

I mounted the stamped image on to layers of scalloped circles and inked them with Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen. I’ve not used Tim Holtz inks before and I bought a little mini pack of distress inks in brown shades to try out and I’m really pleased with the antique linen one (the only one I’ve tried so far) – it actually looks like the paper is coloured/aged rather than having ink just smeared on it like some of my other projects do!

For the top of the easel card I made a shallow pocket which the stamped recipes are tucked into. I punched a hole in the top of each one and added twine or lace so they can be pulled out.

Stamped recipes close up Botanical Tea card by StickerKitten

The teapot and cup on the front are cut from the Botanical Tea papers.

For my final card I wanted to do something a bit more modern, and one of the most recent craft trends I could think of was washi tape! I decided to do something a bit different and wrapped the washi tape round a panel of white card before embossing it with the Xcut polka heart embossing folder.

Embossed washi tape card by StickerKitten

I then hand-cut a polaroid style white frame to go over the top. The background brick paper has a little bit of an urban feel so I graffitied it up with some gold spritzing ink, which I let run down the card in little shiny gold rivers. I added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment die cut with a Paper Smooches die from kraft card and then punched three hearts from Glitz ‘Felicity’ paper.

Punched hearts close up embossed washi card by StickerKitten

To finish I added a banner tucked under the frame and added a little string bow.

And here are the cards all together before they were sent off!

Cardmaker of the year 2015 entries StickerKitten


  1. Sue Hudson | September 2, 2015 Reply

    Super cards! Good luck in the competition. X

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