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on 27 March 2010
I bought this book because several reviewers mentioned the elegant and sophisticated cards it contained. What a disappointment! Some of the cards look interesting, quite a few look very amateurish and most use just the same techniques. What disappointed me most was that the instructions given are very poorly written and edited. Some instructions confuse because they are unnecessarily complicated whereas others are far too brief and omit essential information. At least one set of instructions refer to making something that is not on the pictured card (for instance, one refers to making a flower vase which is totally absent from the card). The photographs are of white or pale-coloured cards, taken with overly bright lighting against a pale background. Consequently, most of the photographs are washed out and it is not possible to see the detail that you need in order to grasp construction details that the instructions failed to make clear. For me, the only value of the book was that it has made me come up with alternative ideas of my own. I look at the photographs and think, "That would be a lot easier done like this ..." or "That would look much better if I did that ..." and so indirectly it has given me inspiration for some cards. Personally, I would recommend Julie Hickey's "Quick and clever handmade cards" or Vivienne Bolton's "Handmade cards and gift-wrap". They contain an excellent range of stylish card projects with clear instructions and photographs.
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