My (fe­male) col­league is re­tir­ing at the end of the year – what card could I make?

El­iz­a­beth Mann, via email

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q & A -

Dorothy says: The best thing about re­tire­ment must be the time to en­joy a wellde­served cup of cof­fee! This fun card with a cof­fee cup is per­fect and can be tai­lored to suit as the greetings are all printed out on a com­puter. So you can make it a latte, hot cho­co­late or a cup of tea to suit! There is a tem­plate on p92 so the take­away cup shape is all ready for you to cut out from cor­ru­gated pa­per and other pat­terned pa­pers. De­sign and print out the greetings then add lines with a fine­line pen and dis­tress with ink be­fore at­tach­ing to the base.

Al­ter­na­tively, if your col­league has a par­tic­u­lar hobby that they’ll have more time for when they re­tire, then you can cre­ate a card to suit. Al­te­new has a stamp set with a re­tire­ment greet­ing and three at­trac­tive pots of suc­cu­lents that would suit a gar­dener or some­one who likes their pot plants. If she is a keen quil­ter or sewer, an im­age of a sew­ing ma­chine could be quite fun. Art Im­pres­sions stamps have a hu­mor­ous take on life and there is a good one show­ing a danc­ing col­league!

Cel­e­brate a friend’s re­tire­ment in style

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