Thursday, 19 April 2012

A 90th Birthday card, and a tutorial.

Firstly, an apology.
I'm so sorry that I haven't been around for a while, life just got in the way a bit.

Now for the latest make...............
This is the card I made for my Nanna's 90th birthday. It is A4 size, so it took quite a bit of making!

I showed it to some lovely friends of mine who suggested I do a tutorial for the basket ( I hand drew and coloured it), so here goes.............

1). Using pearlised cardstock, take an A5 piece and mark a 1cm grid lightly in pencil.
      On every other square draw semicircles top and bottom of the square.


2). In the squares between, do the same again.

3). Now add the vertical semicircles.

4). Add circles to the bottom to finish the weave.

5).  Finish the top of the basket with more circles and a fancy edge.

6). Now ink the basket in using micron 04 pen or similar. (it must be a pen which is compatible with your choice of blending pen). Erase the pencil lines.

7). Colour the areas between the weave to add depth.

8). Add shading and crease lines for definition.

9). Colour with your choice of blending pen. I used Promarkers.
      Add a little extra shading for depth.

10). Cut and fold the basket, adding contrasting ribbon and a bow.

11). Attach to your card front and fill with flowers, leaves and swirls. I used Little Claires "flowerhead" stamp and some hand-drawn leaves.

12). The last step is to protect your basket with a sheet of Acetate, and embellish with more ribbon.

I hope you found this tutorial interesting and informative. The technique can be used for many different shapes and sizes of basket.

Until next time, take care and happy crafting.

Shellie xx


  1. Thank you Shellie, I will certainly have a go having seen the real version it looked amazing.
    Take care and keep you ideas flowing, you have such great ideas.
    jean x

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  3. Hi Shellie
    A beautiful card, I agree with Jean having seen the real thing the picture doesnt do it justice. I am sure your nanna loved it.
    Thanks for the tutorial. Take care
    Maria x