p.s. pardon the reflection of the words "Mrs. Soh"! >.<
Close up view of big flower! (: Well, the tracing paper flower is handmade and like last year's kimono flowers, the red layers are formed by tracing paper which are dyed with red ink. That is why the red layers look crumpled.
Looking at the card, I think that I should have included one more layered handmade flower(this is just a personal opinion).... but overall, I think that it still looks beautiful!
Somehow, it reminds me of the days last year where I had to rush my kimono like crazy(ok, not rush, but work on it right through the late night). I remember trying to perfect the placement of every little thing. Well, pasting on things are more meticulous than it sounds, like how time consuming it is for Miss Michelle to arrange the art pieces for display in the art gallery. Overall, art is time consuming, but the sense of achievement after completing the work is simply overwhelming. I thought that after every little art piece that every artist makes, he/she will grow a little as an artist. So we should try to do more art, no matter how busy we are, to keep our artistic juices flowing and let creativity live on. (:
MAIN CARD CONCEPTS
It is like a present, you can untie the ribbon to open the card(or else you can't open!) so in this way, the card is interacting with the receiver(Mrs Soh). (:
This is the external layer of the card. It acts like a "mini folder"(like a school file). So when Mrs Soh opens the card, she will see that there is a booklet on the inside of the card, which can be taken out. It will contain messages from each individual of 404 to Mrs Soh! Well, the present concept is not new as I have used it for birthday and teachers' day cards ever since I was sec 1, but the folder concept is new! I got this inspiration when I looked at my fat file. -.-
The cover of the booklet. Well, not the completed one. When I brought to school the next day for 404 to write their messages before recess comes, I realised that the cover was a little too plain. So I added the big text: "To: Mrs Soh" in silver bold outline so as to complement the silver ribbon. (: Oh and I glued down the folded flower petals later cos as you can see from the photo, some petals are folded. Well, but I did not have time to take pics of the improved version cos well, it was a mad rush to let 404 finish Mrs. Soh's card before we surprise her.
Well, The booklet looks empty the night before(when I took this photo), but now it is filled with nice little birthday messages from 404 and it is residing in Mrs Soh's house now! Haha even the pages of the booklet are pink(Mrs. Soh's fav colour as usual)! (:
Anyway, Happy Birthday Mrs Soh! (: Hope that 404 has made this birthday a memorable one for you! (: