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Bookworm birthday card

Bookworm reviewer birthday card: fairies sending magical wishes and fairy kisses

Life gets in the way

Back in August while I was fighting figurative fires on many fronts, I kept making cards even though I didn’t post them to DMZ. A bit like I still have more of Ian Gunn’s Silly Illos to post but I’ve fallen behind. Soon, I’ll post more soon! Anyhoo, one of Emma Street’s bookworms had a birthday so I made her a card.

Children. Not afraid to ask for what they want.

Not that long before the birthday, both Emma’s bookworms (aged 7 and, at the time, almost-9) made a point of informing me that they love fairies, unicorns and mermaids. We crafted together several times in the months before lockdown so they were informing me what my crafting collection lacked.

I’m partial to fantasy tropes myself and fairies can be fun.

So I bought some fairy stamps and had a red hot go at making a birthday card for a 9 year old.

This birthday card

This is a slimline (long and thin) card because it’s the only way I could fit both fairies on the card and have it make sense. The stamp set – both fairies and sentiments – is Hero Arts’s Fairy Kisses. I colored the fairies with copic markers and shaded around them with grey.

I love the snow pearl embossing powder so I shaded underneath where I planned to put the sentiment, stamped and heat-embossed it. Only to not have it show up. It’s such a pretty embossing powder but unless the background is VERY dark or you’re just using it for a hint of color and texture, it doesn’t work.

Lessons learnt

I should have stamped it on black cardstock and glued the black backgrounded sentiments over what’s there. However, I had a problem.

To successfully stamp and heat emboss detailed stamps like sentiments, you need smooth cardstock. Guess what I didn’t have? Smooth dark cardstock.

In hindsight I should have ink-blended some black soot distress oxide ink onto some neena solar white cardstock (the same cardstock I used for the card) then heat-dried that before stamping and embossing the sentiment. I just didn’t think of it at the time.

Another thing

Also looking at this card today, I think I should have trimmed the card front down and glued it onto a bright pink or violet base for a pop of color around the edge. I’m a novice so I don’t necessarily think of things that come naturally to more experienced crafters.

Guess what?!

And yesterday, YESTERDAY my birthday present from my loving husband/minion/podcast editor arrived: a craft order that includes LOTS OF SMOOTH BLACK AND NAVY BLUE CARDSTOCK. Yay!!!

It also includes some pearlescent vellum that I’ve been WAITING for so I can make Wendy Orr some pretty dragonflies!


I left the card and their gift in the Bookworm’s letterbox on the evening of her birthday and phoned Emma several times to let her know. Sadly, Emma didn’t answer the phone. Apparently they noticed a package poking out of the letterbox the next morning so collected the present and card on their way to school. I don’t *think* it rained overnight so hopefully the card was still intact by morning. Still, the gift itself was a stamp set including unicorns and rainbows, so that would have been fine even if it rained.


Thanks for joining me in my crafting journey. If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy this card I made for Imbi Neeme, the card was inspired by Imbi’s book cover. And there are a whole lot more cards here. Kelly Latevola Taylor is my inspiration for these cards.

Stay safe. Don’t forget to vote. This includes Americans, Canberrans and Queenslanders.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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