Wizard's Keep card

This is a card for a Wizarding birthday. On the one side there is a building that our family are familiar with and on the other it has been transformed into ‘The Wizard’s Keep’. I had fun making all the elements into spooky things;

  • The parked car became a sleeping dragon
  • Trees and bushes became triffids and dead trees with owls
  • Bedrooms are haunted by ghosts
  • Attic with a telescope
  • Store room into a lab

And I added turrets, books, spiders, cobwebs, bats, lizards, a black cat, bunting (spelling Happy Birthday), cauldron, arched doorway and lots of spooky eyes. All family members are present as wizards and witches in various rooms!

Cards from dis-cards

I’m always looking for ways to make cards from packaging and recycled materials – and ways to recycle old cards.

Many of my cards are made the night before they’re needed which explains their ‘thrown together’ qualities. I really like making them (there’s nothing like a deadline to give you focus). Many are made from frozen pizza boxes (we tend to have a lot of them), the card is similar to cereal boxes but comes in squares. I often use wood glue (PVA) to glue them together and I like to look for ways to make them 3D and interactive. These large ones are for immediate family so we don’t need to post them. We store them in boot boxes (bigger than shoe boxes) and they’re lovely things to rifle through when you’re feeling sentimental. The biggest impact my card making has had is to inspire my kids to make creative cards themselves – we’ve now quite a collection!

Out of the box

Projects using cardboard boxes.