Designing a greetings card in Canva

Canva, you say! Isn’t that for designing business cards, logos and social media images? Well, yes it is, but also so much more. I will be doing a variety of projects in the next few weeks, using Canva for at least one part of it. Yesterday I made a 3rd birthday card for our youngest granddaughter.

I started with a blank A4 document on Canva, and then did a search within Elements for ‘3’. The floral number and the pink balloons came up, and I copied/pasted/resized to make up the backing paper and the large embellishment. A search for ‘flower girl’ and then ‘Happy Birthday’ (within Text) completed what I needed – I just edited the text to include 3rd. This was printed out onto good quality paper with my Epson printer.

The backing paper and large number were trimmed to fit my card (a sheet of gold card scored and folded in half) and layered onto some of my favourite ‘Mermaid Ombre Glitter Card’ from Hobbycraft.

I could have used either my Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo to cut everything out more accurately, but for this card it was ok to just use scissors to trim down.

There you so. One quick and easy card. If anyone would like to have the project sheet sent to them, then just email me at hello@aliwade.com.

I enter this card into the following Challenges –

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper June 2020

Creations in Pink #22 – Anything Goes in Mainly Pink

CD Sunday Plus #37 – Anything Goes

Ali x

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WOYWW 548 – some festive crafting

I am very late today. Had good intentions to get a blog post typed early this morning, but then got distracted by budgets. Not as interesting as joining in with this global crafty blog hop (hosted by Julia over at Stamping Ground), but very satisfying to know that I sort of know where my spending needs to go for the next few months (in my journey towards being totally debt-free, which should end by August next year!).

My photos were taken yesterday, but my crafty table doesn’t look much different now, except there are more washi tapes waiting to possibly be made into very last minute Christmas cards. I want to post my cards tomorrow, so if I don’t feel like sticking washi tape to card whilst watching tv later, then I will be writing out charity cards left over from last year!

My whole ethos (is that the right word?!) of making my life simpler also relates to Christmas. I am doing a lot less this year – spending less, sending out less cards (not spending hours making cards) and generally not over-catering in all ways. Wish I had started on this about 20 years ago!

The star on the top of the washi tree looks blue in the photo, as I had just used a glue pen ready to foil it with gold. I bought the foiling/glitter kit last year, but never used it. When I did my big Craft Room Clearout, this was one thing I wanted to keep, as I knew that eventually I would enjoy playing with it. Now I just want to foil everything! My next crafty session will be seeing if it works on Bible paper, so watch this space.

I hope that everyone is well and happy. I haven’t toured around any of the other blogs for a while. My health took a turn for the worse about a week after getting back from Spain. My Psoriasis and another painful long-term issue flared up, and I have truthfully not felt like doing much at all, apart from attempting to keep up with the housework/laundry etc and watching tv. Everything crossed that I will be recovering from now on.

I am continuing to do Photoshop tutorials (the black card with snowflakes was designed on there), and I still keep hoping that one day it will all be clearer to me. The Serif CraftArtist software is so much more intuitive. I no longer have my laptop, and my desktop pc had to have a new hard drive, so don’t have CraftArtist to use right now. I do have a rare unused disk in my cupboard that was bought many years ago when Create & Craft were selling it for £5, so intend to get that loaded onto my pc soon. However, for now, I will perservere with Photoshop. It keeps my brain working!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Ali x