Made this card today for Iris, one of my mum's younger cousins, for her 90th Birthday next week. Large A4 Card again. She is almost blind, so wanted something with loads of texture and touchy- feely theme, and wanted to make it fairly large for her. (As she lives at St Dunstan's - the pressure was on to get it right as it will be seen by the staff there!)
Backing paper and flowers from various Docrafts goody bags. The 90 was cut out with a template from pink glitter card, which I also used for the matting of the main image. Glitter card was from my stash (think it was C&C card from Wilkinsons). Main image from "The Next Big Thing" cd, coloured with promarkers. Purple imitation ribbon cut from Papermania pearlescent card with a tonic punch. Finally a chiffon ribbon added (Joanna Sheen) to which I added a couple of peel-offs and a little head pin with beads on it, peel-off letters spelling Iris on the image, and some card candi for the centres of the flowers.
I know she won't be able to see it, but hope she will be able to feel the different elements, if somebody describes them to her.
As she is one of my favourite "aunts" (yes I know she is really a cousin), but she was Auntie to me as a child, as we spent many happy times with her and her family on their farm, days out on the beach, and family holidays, and although I don't normally send her a present for her birthday, I am thinking of making a necklace, something simple on a cord that she can just slip over her head.
Before me she was the family historian, and she was a fount of information as she kept in touch with all the aunts, uncles and cousins in my mum's line. I just wish she and mum hadn't gone blind before I needed them to recognise faces in photos for me.