Today's card is the result of my first foray into the technique of 'eclipse' cards and if, like me, you'd not heard of them there are several YouTube videos to show how it is done. I decided to go fairly simple to start with and the patterned square was taken from my box of 'inky play' backgrounds made a while ago using Distress Oxide inks and acrylic paint for the random white lines - applied using the edge of an old credit card. The large letter dies were lined up on the card and taped together so that hopefully I could keep them together to cut a second word from another piece of card to give the letters a bit of depth. Once cut the patterned square with the 'letter-shaped) holes was stuck to a piece of purple card, leaving a border and the birthday sentiment was stamped. The two sets of letters were then stuck together carefully before popping them back into the gaps using foam pads. Fortunately I had some die cut flowers in one of my pots which matched the background and a scrap of purple was used to die cut the leaves.
I will certainly be trying out some of the other ideas gleaned from YouTube but the only drawback is that the recipients need to have fairly short names otherwise the resulting cards would be so long that they wouldn't fit into the post box!! My original intention was to make cards for two granddaughters with birthdays this week and guess what - their names both have way too many letters!!