Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Monday, November 2, 2015

For the Love of London

I made this card for my son's birthday in the middle of October, but, because I have had visitors ever since then, I am only just getting around to show it.
Tom loves the city of London. When he was in  university there, he spent most of his free time walking the streets of London and he knows his way around there, far better than  I do. Just over a year ago he moved to Denmark, and is learning to love his new home city of Aarhus, but I thought I'd remind him of the 'old place' for his birthday.

The front of his card was designed in Adobe using scrapbook elements from a blog hop train by Pixel Scrappers posted last June, on the theme of England.

But the real surprise of this cards comes when you open it right out, and see the inside.
I think that's pretty cool! I bought the cutting file from My SVG Hut, and for the main part, I was really pleased with it. The actual construction of it worked very well. I did have several attempts at cutting the intricate details before I found a paper that was stiff enough to stand up, but thin enough to cut cleanly. I knew my thin, black card would cut, so I used this for the back row. 
The main thing is that the paper has to be low fibre, and I did find some grey pearlised-all-through paper which cut really well. On the third attempt, (adjusting settings and blade each time, on my silhouette), I even managed to cut the fine lattice along the top of the bridge. You can just about see it in the picture below.
But I did fail to cut the big wheel, so In the end I edited the cutting file to make three sections, and cut the main part from the black card, the struts of the wheel from black vinyl, which cuts much more cleanly than paper, and a white paper circle to go behind the vinyl, and that worked quite well.
The red buses were also cut from card, but I cut them again from snippets of red vinyl, and stuck them over the base layer. Even the tires are cut from tiny snippets of black vinyl.

If I make this again, and I may do as I know someone else who would love it, then I would not cut the Happy Birthday letters like this. In the file they were perforated for easy folding, but because each letter is narrow, the perforations actually almost cut them off. Also they did not want to stand up, so some of them needed a small tab of matching card to re-attach them, and they still didn't stand up very willingly when the card was opened. I didn't like the look of them just cut from the inside layer of grey card, so I also cut the letters from blue vinyl which brightened them up, and made them look much better. Next time I will simply cut out the letters and glue them to the base layer, without them standing up. That way they will not detract from the main scene as I think these do. But you live and learn, and my son was very pleased with it, and that is what matters.
I shall link this up to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I used a lot of vinyl snippets for the inside design.


Jean said...

This is fabulous Kate, you have a great deal of patience to make this super creation.
Jean x

Maxine D said...

Wow Kate you really rocked this card - it is amazing!!!

Jopez said...

That is one awesome card, Kate. X

SARN said...

WOW - Kate . . . this is an AWESOME birthday card for your son. Such a great surprise when it's opened.

Hope you're coming over on Thursday for the Playground Bonfire party. You can bring some of that delicious Spanish wine for the punch if you want! I assure you, you'll have a great time.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Di said...

Oh double wow from me Kate! What an absolutely stunning scene you created and with such an eye for detail and perfection too. It's just amazing. No wonder your son loved it so much and I just loved reading all about how you made it.

I see that Sarn is up to her tricks still - I did wonder where the old tin bath we used to keep the drinking water in for the Playground donkey had gone. I think Madam has purloined it for her punch bowl! Tee, hee visions of one tiddly donkey spring to mind :))


Di xx

Jacee said...

How fabulous, such wonderful work!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Dr Sonia S V said...

what an amazing creation. I always flip when I see a gorgeous Pop Up Card and yours is one of the best I have seen in a while. Hats off to you to pull it off so beautifully ...Pop Up Cards can be so tricky
Saw your card at Pixies Playground and couldn't resist visiting. Do drop by my blog when you have time!
Dr Sonia

Jane Willis said...

I spotted your amazing card in the playground and just had to come over for a closer look - it's absolutely brilliant! And it's given me an idea for using my London dies too!