Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Card (die cut tea cup)


My mom has kept and treasured the handmade cards I crafted for her as a child. There's no better #1 fan than the person who has reassured my fears and advised me to do what made me happy.

I tend to be very structured in my designs, even though I have always admired more free flowing pieces. So I'm trying to push beyond my comfort zones and this is my first experiment.


I sketched my ideas, imagining how the layers of colors will come together. Stardream and Daiso paper is wonderful to cut even with a dullish blade and somewhat fine lines, because there aren't any residual fibers of paper sticking out in tight corners.


It's amazing how an idea can end up being so much more labor intensive than I imagined. The finer lines makes a smaller area for gluing, so the flowers simply take more time to secure. The graphic designer in me wants to simply print the color, even though I enjoy the look of layered paper. However, I can't dispute how well it looks overall when it matches the teacup perfectly.


I'm still working out the kinks on my 3D teacup, but I like how it comes off the page. I wanted to make the "tea" shiny and wet looking so thought of using some glitter nail polish.

8 comments:

  1. your card is adorable, love the tea cup, very creative !!!!!
    Paula

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    1. aw, thanks for always taking time to say a nice comment paula!!! :D

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  2. Cecelia, this is paper-cutting in its finest avatar! I love how you've executed the card! And I am glad you pushed yourself to make something not so structured! LOOOOVE these cards, specially the cup :)

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    1. aw Pritesh, you've plastered a smile all over my face! Thank you always for your kind and enthusiastic words. You are so sweet! :D

      Cecelia

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  3. Beautiful! Cecelia. Perfectly cut. I love the idea of the 3D teacup .

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    1. Thanks so much Suganthi! I think you'd enjoy a die cutter as much as I do :D

      Cecelia

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  4. So cute! I love the way the teapot has personality... like it's standing with hand on hip and saying, Here, look at this, Mom!

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