Tuesday, September 20, 2011

a SUPER-adaptable idea!

if this card looks familiar to you, you're not imagining things! i made an eerily similar one earlier this year. but guy cards are *HARD*... and it just so happens that i know quite a few fellas of various ages who really like superheroes... and the paper with the stars is the PERFECT background... so sue me, i "recycled" the idea!

(superheroes illustration from t'internet; patterned paper: my mind's eye; black glossy card stock: ranger; thickers: american crafts; glittery star stickers: ek success, recolored with red copic marker; label: dymo; inks: colorbox; adhesives: tombow monorunner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

to tell the truth, when i sat down to make this, i almost felt a little guilty about the fact that it was not a brand new, completely original idea. and then i thought, "WHY??!" we wear outfits more than once. we use dinner recipes more than once. some of us have been known to watch our favorite films repeatedly. why should i feel it's necessary to "reinvent the wheel" with every single greeting card? so i told myself to lighten up, made the card you see above (quite quickly!) and gave it to my favorite young neighbor, john.

and guess what?! he LOVED it, as did his mama. although he did mention quietly that he actually prefers batman to superman and wished that batman was standing at the front of the group. i told him he'd have to take that up with the superfriends. i just make cards! :)


  1. It's super! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

    I totally kwym about wanting to make a completely new card every time. Heck, I feel guilty if I use the same digi more than once!

  2. I think it's fab that you recycled the idea! Genius is genius no matter how many times you use it!!

  3. That would be a conversation to observe - telling Superman he has to take a backseat to Batman.

  4. Very familiar and I still love it! Great job on the card. This truly is a boy's fav type of card they won't instantly pass by just to open the gift. :)

  5. I love this too…I would never think to use some of Kathryn's super hero stuff to make a card, but as usual, you've got me thinking, "why not?" This is totally fun and fabulous and unique!

    I also feel a little guilty repeating ideas (thinking I am lacking in creativity) when I repeat. But the fun is in creating, even if the idea isn't completely new. I get on little kicks of making scene cards or elephants or using the same sketch twice in a row or the same papers…I like your advice to "lighten up!"

  6. SUPER fantastic! A great design and image needs to be shared more than once! Awesome guy card!

  7. Such fabulous card inspiration should be shared with MANY deserving recipients. I adore your superhero themed cards (remember Wonder Woman?) and so far as recycling great ideas, of course we should! Here's a confession, I have totally shamelessly reused your Queen Elizabeth "has one forgotten your birthday?" card scheme at least twice. There, I feel better for admitting it. The cardmaking world is a better place with you in it, dear friend. xoxo


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