Saturday, 26 April 2014

Quick and Easy Cards!

As the title would suggest I've got a selection of quick and easy cards to show you today. I don't know about you, but I find that most people I know now expect a handmade card and are visibly disappointed when I present them with a shop bought one. So when last weekend I suddenly realised that Sunday was going be Easter Sunday I kind of panicked as I normally send out a handful of cards to various friends and family who celebrate.

After a little bit of thought I suddenly remembered that there were some uber cute little birds on the Candy Doodles CD that could easily be recoloured to look like chicks and would therefore be ideal for an Easter card. I'd also spotted on the Polka Doodles DT blog that an upcoming challenge was for Easter/Spring and as I haven't made anything for the challenge blog for ages that I'd also join in over there!!

So here's what I came up with. You'll notice I didn't stop at Easter cards I also knocked up a few Birthday cards to add to my stash too!! These were so quick and simple that it seemed rude not too!

Firstly I opened a word document and using the shape tool drew a square measuring 9cm x 9cm and changed the outline to 0.05pt so it was nice and fine. I then opened up the bird image from the Candy Doodles CD in Paint and recoloured and copied it. I then pasted the bird into the word document and resized it to fit into the square , before copying and pasting and rotating the image to create a mirror image.

I then added a text box with no outline and typed my sentiment, before dragging it into position. Once I was happy with the layout I grouped the images and simply copied and pasted the desired number on the page. At this stage I decided I didn't want the birds to be all the same colour so I recoloured them and I also changed the sentiments before hitting the print button.

Once printed it was simply a case of using the squares as guide for trimming to size before matting and layering the image onto a card base.

To finish I simply tore some strips of Washi Tape for grass and re-drew the birds legs with a fineliner, before adding a line from the birds beaks to the sentiment.

I hope that you'll join us for the Easter/Spring challenge.

Claire x

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  1. These are so wonderful Claire! Love them and love how the wording is fixed to the squiggly worms :-) TFS and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  2. These are so cute Claire just adore them
    Hugs Susan xx

  3. Ah these are so cute Claire I love the washi tape grass.
    Jenny x

  4. I love these quick & easy cards, Claire. They are so bright and cheerful and with different sentiments, would suit so many different occasions.

  5. These are so cute Claire, love them! Great creation for our challenge at

  6. These are adorable! Don't know how I missed them but glad I finally got to see them!

  7. How cute are these, Claire! Love the squiggly beak action!
    hugs, Asha

  8. These are gorgeous!! I made up some quick cards yesterday, managed to zoom through them! x


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