I used to make a lot of these 'cut-out' cards in the days before I discovered the endless design and print possibilities of my iMac software! This card is in the same style as one I made for the baby's sister a year or so ago, and was made in response to a special request from a friend (the proud adoptive grandmother).
After cutting out the oval shape, I dry embossed the lettering using an alphabet stencil and light box (working from the reverse side). Then I went over the letters with a silver gel pen, using the raised embossing as a guide. It really made me appreciate the accuracy and versatility of computer-generated shapes and type, as it's so hard to achieve perfection when trying to do it by hand!
My friend wanted quilling to be added on a steam train theme, so I've created an engine and a little truck. I hope she likes it!
I've also been working on a new 'photo montage' design for cards this week, and I'm quite pleased with the results. Please check out my Flickr page to see some more!