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If you are stuck for card ideas, or if you are making a card for a milestone birthdays, a good solution is to use the recipients age as the theme of the card. You can use the recipients favourite colours to personalise the card.
1. Cut out the letters required for the age.
I used a fiskars alphabet and cutter, but you can print off letter templates and cut them out by hand, or cut out your own free-hand, or use a die-cut machine like a Sizzix Big-Shot machine. Whatever works best for you.
Cut the letters out twice. Firstly from a piece of patterned paper, and then again out of a piece of plain backing paper.
3. Create a background for your letters.
I have used a piece of dark silver paper (12.5cm wide x 11cm high), adhered to the page on an angle.
On top of that is a piece of grey paper, which I ran through the Sizzix Big shot in an dots embossing folder (12.9cm wide x 9.3cm high) and then backed by a piece of red card measuring 13.5cm wide x 9.8cm high.