- Type: Paperback
- No of pages: 74 pages
- Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
- Release Date: 3 November 2016
- ISBN: 9780857638564
- Size: 28.5 x 0.9 x 27 cm
- Price: £9.99
I was rather excited to receive this beautiful book as I handmade my Cards. Now I can colour them instead. I already own The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Flowers and Butterflies and Christmas so I knew that this would be the same beautiful quality and well-made book. The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: A Year of Celbrations by Rebecca Jones is a large square book. It is glue bound and contains 24 x Greetings Cards to colour, 24 x Envelopes to make and colour, and 24 stickers to seal the envelopes with. The cover depicts the four seasons with cute and modern motifs. It is further decorated with gold foiling. Open the book and on the inside of the front cover is easy to follow simple instructions accompanied with diagrams of how to make your cards and envelopes, which is very simple as most of the work (except the colouring of course) has been done for you.
In The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: A Year of Celebrations there are 24 cards to colour, all made from good quality cardstock and there are two per page. Perforated for easy removal (fold first along the perforated line then you won’t get any tearing mistakes), the separate cards are already almost cut out and scored down the middle ready for folding. This makes removal easy – just tear along the perforation and detach the small parts where each card is still joined. Then cut along the line near the perforated edge and the little ‘tabs’ that are left to neaten your card up and fold along the pre-scored line and you have a card sized 13cm x 13cm (5″ x 5″) square when folded. You can choose to colour the designs in the book before you remove them or take it out of the book and then colour it.
The illustrations are beautiful. Modern and cute with just the right level of detail. There are cute foxes, bunnies,cats, flowers, bears, birds, leaves, gifts, baby clothes on a washing line, birds, butterflies and a really cute reindeer and lion giving a good variety of themes and motifs and types of designs to suit different recipients and different occasions. There is a beautiful design on the front of each. Open the card to find a simple motif on the left side with a decorative border on the right ready for you to write your message. On the back of each card is a decorative “coloured for you by” plate with space to write your name on.
They are beautifully made, the perforations and cuts are crisp and well-done so removal is easy. The cards included are ‘Happy New Year’, 2 x Valentines Day, 2 x ‘Happy Mother’s Day’, 2 x ‘Happy Easter’, 2 x ‘Happy Father’s Day’, 4 x ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Happy Anniversary’, ‘Congratulations’ (baby), ‘Congratulations’ (general), 2 x ‘Thank You’, 2 x ‘Happy Christmas’, ‘love’, 2 x ‘Thinking of You’ and ‘Get Well Soon’. Covering a variety of different occasions this is a very handy book to have at your disposal for a readily available greeting (store with a book of stamps and you’re pretty much covered for the year for any last minute greetings you ‘nearly forgot’ ).
After the cards are the envelope pages. There are again 24 different designs, each made to coordinate with its matching card. These are made from good quality thick paper. To remove again tear out the page carefully along the perforation and cut along the line inside the perforated one to neaten the edges. All the folds are pre-scored so all you need to do is colour and follow the simple folding instructions on the inside front cover. The envelopes feature a central design which will be the front of your envelope, coordinating designs on each of the main four flaps and a patterned wallpaper repeat design on the reverse which will be the inside of your envelopes.
Many of the main designs are almost as detailed as the card fronts so would probably be best for the family and friends that you are giving the cards to by hand, although there are a few with simple corner motifs or ones that allow space for adding address details for those you wish to post. The last page of the book contains 24 stickers to seal the envelopes with. These are pre-coloured and cut out, all you need to do is peel them off the background sheet and stick down the main flap of your envelope to seal it.
It is a lovely set of cards and envelopes and very useful to own. I highly recommend it.
I decided to colour this lovely birthday card with a cake, flowers and strawberries design. It took approximately an hour to colour although I left the ‘wallpaper’ design lining of the envelope uncoloured. If I had needed this in a hurry this was a reasonable amount of time in which to complete it. There is just enough detail and the design was delightful and I enjoyed colouring it. I used Prismacolor Premier Pencils.
The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: A Year of Celebrations by Rebecca Jones is available from Amazon. co.uk, Amazon. com (Please note release date for US is 3 Jan 2017 – if you want it sooner, buy from), Book Depository or The Wordery (Both with free worldwide shipping)
Also Available from Nosy Crow Books
I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher, however all views and opinions are my own and are not influenced by this.