Rustic retirement card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, Wednesday at 2:09PM

Craft this dreamy card for someone who is about to retire. Thanks to Anita's decoupage, you are able to set the scene of that glorious cottage they always wished to sit back and relax in!

1. Cover the front of an A5 card blank with a textured plank-effect paper. Lightly ink the edges with a chocolate dye ink pad. Cut a sheet of green cardstock to measure 11.5 x 17cm and round the corners with a corner punch. Ink the edges and emboss with a cable knit pattern embossing folder, leaving the lowest section plain. The un-embossed segment should measure about 3cm deep. 

2. Use an embossing pen to score a line at the base of the embossed design and a second one 1cm below. Cut a notch at both ends of each line with a screw hole punch. Snip a length of natural jute and tie around the panel, crossing it over at the front and using the notches to keep it in place. Trim a smaller length of jute and tie the crossed pieces of jute together in the middle. Secure at the back of the panel. Punch two holes in the top corners and fix a large grey brad in each. Stick the panel to the card front with 3D foam tape. 

3. Assemble decoupage A from Anita’s Escape to the Country sheet. Cut an ornate frame from more wood-textured paper and snip in half. Stick the two pieces together, overlapping the ends to make the frame fit around the decoupage.

4. Adhere the frame onto a piece of grey cardstock and trim around the shape with a small pair of sharp scissors. Ink the edges with chocolate ink. Place the base layer of decoupage inside the frame and fix in place with tacky glue. Attach this to the centre of the embossed panel.

5. Take the cream sheep tag and stamp the word ‘Happy’ with black dye ink. Print ‘Retirement’ onto cream cardstock and cut out. Mat onto silver mirror board and trim to leave a narrow border. Place these sentiments at an angle, just underneath the jute, and secure with 3D foam pads.

Project and how-to instructions by Julie Hole. Project originally published in the March issue (80) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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