So a couple of months ago, I decided I wanted to do something special for Freebridge’s 10th Birthday. I’ve worked here for nearly a year now, and I wanted to use my creative skills to create something that could be used for events through the year.
I wanted to use my hands and actually make something, and I’m so lucky that in a role such as mine, these kinds of things are pretty much open (to budget restraints of course).
Recently, my mum invested in a crazy machine called the Cricut Explore. It’s basically a little machine that can cut things out, score lines for folds and write with pens. I know, pretty cool right? I decided that I wanted to borrow this little wonder and decided I would make something out of paper!
I started off with a few sketches, but I only really knew that I wanted it to be raised and 3D-like. After a couple of days with to-ing and fro-ing with ideas, I mocked up an image on Adobe Illustrator which looked something like this:
I created this in Illustrator so that I could then convert the shapes into the Cricut Design Space, to enable me to cut them. It took me quite a few attempts to get the initial size right, but once I worked that out, it was just a case of putting the paper on the cutting matt, loading the right design for the right coloured card and pressing cut!
First of all I did a test with some card I had lying around, and also on a smaller scale, to show the people in charge and make sure it got some approval before I went ahead to make the real thing. I was really glad how well it came across, and could not wait to make the real thing!
So next was finding some card that would be as close to the brand colours as possible – this was not easy. It also had to be 12 x 12 card, which made it even harder. I eventually found some however at papercutz online. They were brilliant and will definitely be using them again for future paper based projects!
I was so pleased with the final result – but instead of me banging on about it, why not look for yourself!
(Above) This was the final photograph – after a bit of photoshopping and getting the background right, this was used for the invites and any other material associated with the birthday.
I think this is my favourite photo (above) as it shows the sheen on the top pearlescent purple card, and shows the depth of the piece.
Overall, very pleased with this little project, hoping to do a lot more like it. Who knows, I may even do something similar for the impending wedding…?
Creative Cowell x
(Last three photos featured on this post were taken by photographer Paul Tibbs)