All the Man Cards I like normally have a badge stuck to them with 'I AM 3 TODAY!' written on them. I don't think I'm asking for the world, but this time round it seemed easier and far more personal to make a novelty card that my brother might actually chuckle at instead of giving him something generic. Add to this fact that I was short on time and it had to be something pretty simply. I ended up doing this...
I don't normally like collage much, but doing these big flat shapes was actually quite a good look, and saved on the hastle of trying to paint smoothly or smush a piece of card through a printer designed for copy paper! And when you open the card Bats draws back his cloak to reveal... A Cake! Of course :)
Bolstered by that attempt I decided to get a bit weirder with the second card. All I can do is promise you that this line makes complete sense if you knew the person I gave it to.
Let's be honest. A Shakespearean badger would be quite difficult to beat in a battle of awesomeness. You'd mention that you knew a good card trick, and then the badger would clear his throat and begin quoting Othello at you.
And here's one for a friend after a month's hard work towards her goal
I know these cards won't be winning prestigious art awards any time soon, but they were surprisingly fun to do for a girl who hates cutting out paper, and I liked the fact that they are cheesy and blatantly handmade. It occurred to me that I could do a lot of cards like this. I have a cheap set of animal cards that I lifted from somewhere and use for random notes and thank yous but they get a bit boring sometimes and the Frog gets used way more than the Orangutan ('cause really, what occasion do you have to give someone a card with an Orangutan on it?) but I can add things to them, cut out props or hats or captions of my own. Much better!