Sunday, 29 August 2010

Concertina Birthday Card

It's DS birthday next week and he'll be a whole nine years old! When your nine character cards are just not cool (apparently)!! So, I've had to get my thinking cap on for this one! Please accept my apologies for the poor photographs in this post, but the card was a nightmare to photograph!

I came across some Sugar Nellie Skull Boyz stamps, which as he's really into JD Bugging and Skateboarding at the moment, seemed ideal. Much to my surprise he's also desperate for personalised items (we were in a shop and he got really cross that there were no items with his name on), so I thought I'd try and incorporate his name into the card. I'd also seen instructions for a concertina card in Papercraft Inspirations magazine that I wanted to try.

Anyway, this is what I've come up with, I really hope he likes it.

The opened card
The front of the card when closed
close up 1
Close up 2
Close up 3

The card base is made from DP's that are folded to make frames. I've then inserted mirror board into the frame to give it some rigidity. The card has then been decorated with a number of images and embellishments. The card measures 3" x 3" when folded.

Sizzix Bigshot
Cuttlebug Diamond Grid Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Purple Cows Guillotine

Papers - Prima My Guy
Mirror Board - Anitas
Images - Sugar Nellie
Woodware Chipboard Alphabet
Bottle Cap - Wilkinsons
Glossy Accents
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T - Milestones/Birthdays
City Crafter - I see stars
Totally Stampalicious - Texture
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Blue & Green
The Corrosive Challenge - For the Guys
Cards for Men - Decoupage
Crafty Cardmakers - Video Inspiration (diamond grid, black and Red Rockstar paper)
Donna's Den of Craft - Decoupage
Creative Craft - Transport (Skateboard)
Lexi's Creations - Emboss It
Meljens - Happy Birthday
Paper Cutz - use some metal (the bottlecap embellishment)
Crazy 4 Challenges - Lattice (silver embossed diamond grid/lattice pattern)
Pixie Dust Studio - Stitch it Up
Sew Many Challenges - Happy Birthday
Allsorts - Less than 3" (the card when folded up measures 3" x 3")
CES Challenge - Anything goes 


  1. Gorgeous work, I love the design and all the fabulous elements. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  2. I know a 9 year old boy called Zak who is going to LOVE this card his mom has made for him! Well done for coming up with such a fantastic card!

  3. What a fantastic card I love it and I'm sure that Zak will too. The bottle cap looks great. Can totally relate to the issue of not being able to find personalised things my son is Rhys he used to get so frustrated as it was always spelt Reece has got better the last few years though.

  4. Great card, what a great idea. I'm sure the card will be much appreciated.

  5. OOOh that's brilliant i love it . great images i nearly bought those too.

  6. wow that is a fab card. my ds is 12 next week and I am still trying to think of a card to make for him! your ds will love it!xx

  7. Brilliant card! I'm sure he'll love it .. so many great embellies to look at too ... thanks so much for playing along at CCCB

  8. This is fabulous.. He is going to loooove this.
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us and playing along over at

  9. wow what a card for a very lucky boy x

  10. Brilliant - love the images - just been umming & aahing about them and took them back out of my basket - think this might have changed my mind lol - err just popping to the shops x

  11. Very cute!!! Love all the images and details that you used!!!

    Thanks for joining us this week at Sew Many Challenges!

  12. Very creative, and great ideas, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  13. Fantastic card - your son is going to love this. So much detail for him to gaze at!!

  14. very coool, sure he'll love it!

  15. Wow thats a brilliant decoupage card somany layers. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men, good luck with the Challenge. With hugs Shirleyxxx

  16. Wow! What an amazing card!
    Thanks so much for joining us in our Birthday challenge at Meljen's Designs this week! Good luck!
    Dee (Spryte)♥
    Sprytebyrds Spot

  17. Oooh, I'm loving how you've used our blue and green colour combo, this card is gorgeous. Thanks so much for playing at cupcake this week. xx

  18. Wow! Lots of work in this but a beautiful concertina. I'm sure your son will absolutely love it.

    Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  19. What a gorgeous card Claire, looks like it took a while to make, it's so detailed. Your son is going to love it! Thank you for joining us at Cards for Men, good luck with the challenge xxx

  20. Wow what a great card so much to see what wonderful work you have done here thank you so much for sharing it with us at SMC this week.
    Lorraine x

  21. wow this is really fab! looks like you have put a lot of hard work into it :) well done x

  22. What an amazing card, so much detail, so much love, I bet Zak is absolutely thrilled with it x

  23. This is just awesome!!!!! If Zak isn't thrilled with this card you better tickle him to death.
    I love it, will have to try one myself.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. to cute...thanks for joining us at the CCCB

  25. Wow - how fantastic! I'm sure Zak will be over the moon to put it mildly.

    Good luck with all those challenges too

    Julie xxx

  26. Oh my goodness, its fabulous! Well done and happy birthday to your son.

  27. thats just sooooooooo fabulous.

  28. How original ! Halloweeny and fun with the skulls

  29. OH hun he is gonna just love it...Happy Birthday to Zak
    Thanks for joining us this week for CES 1st Challenge, hope to see you again next week!!
    hugs shell xx

  30. Great card, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck!

    Jo and Tigerlover.

  31. Fab - what 9 year old wouldn't want a card like this!! Thanks for joining us at CES Challenge! Sheena xx

  32. so cool and fun! Thank you for joining us as CCCB!

  33. This is just amazing, so much work. A really fun card as well. Thanks for joining Lexi's Creations this week for Emboss It!.

  34. Cool! I bet your son loves it!

  35. The patience of a saint! Too much fiddling for my liking, but oh so effective. I am sure your Son will love it, although, of course, he won't show it cos that we be uncool.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

    Lin xx

  36. Wow, that is a fantastic card! I bet Zak will think it's cool. x

  37. A really fab card

    Glad you joined us at Crafty Cardmakers

    Lv toria

  38. This card has turned out perfectly, hope your son loved it. I have just made a card using the same technique and it is so different, rally pleased with how good it looked :)

    Thanks for joining us in our latest challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

  39. GREAT job! TFS with us at SMC!

  40. Wow such a fabulous card Claire....totally brilliant.
    Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges & good luck.
    Hugs Emma x


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