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I’ve re­cently spent some time in hospi­tal af­ter surgery and want to make some spe­cial thank you cards for the staff. Do you have any good ideas?

Su­san De­laney, Belfast Si­monne says:

How about creat­ing a card to re­sem­ble hospi­tal scrubs? This is a sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive de­sign and the base colour can eas­ily be changed to suit the re­cip­i­ent! For my card, the col­lar was made us­ing a stitched ban­ner die. I cut it out twice and added both pieces to the top of a 120x148mm piece of card in a ‘V’ shape, trimmed the top, and added the panel to the front of a white base card. The pill bot­tle, ther­mome­ter, plas­ters and red cross la­bel were cre­ated with dies from the fab­u­lous Cre­ative Ex­pres­sions Shadow Box Col­lec­tion: Feel Bet­ter Soon die set (ref CED9312). I par­tic­u­larly love the plas­ter dies in this set – the em­boss­ing and pierc­ing de­tails make them look al­most real! I’d like to make some fun cards to let fam­ily and friends know the gen­der of my baby – any sug­ges­tions? Becky Jonas, Not­ting­ham Dorothy says: Re­veal­ing the gen­der of the baby be­fore the birth is so pop­u­lar now, and this is such a fun way to let peo­ple know! The ‘scratch’ el­e­ment is easy to make in bulk, so you can make lots of cards quickly! Mix a colour of acrylic paint to suit your card and add some wash­ing up liq­uid – about 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of paint. Paint onto clear, sticky back plas­tic, and leave to dry. You can add an­other coat if the paint is streaky. Print the an­nounce­ment onto pat­terned or coloured pa­per – font size 24 on the top line and 32 on the bot­tom – then cut out as a heart shape. Stick the heart face down onto the painted sticky back plas­tic and cut out. Layer onto a larger pa­per heart and add to the base. The re­cip­i­ent can use a coin to scratch away the paint to re­veal the re­sult! Use mul­ti­coloured pas­tel pa­per such as Dove­craft Back to Ba­sics Bright Spark so that you don’t spoil the sur­prise!

Scratch off cards are fab for any sur­prise!

Use dies to cre­ate a thought­ful card

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