DH's oldest godson turned 8 last week. This year he is into tennis, so I made him a fun card. The background paper is from a .PNG file off the net, which I imported into Photoshop Elements and duplicated/rotated/resized umpteen times until I had covered the page. I then lightened it so that it looked more like a water-mark, and printed it. The tennis ball is a hand-cut circle of felt, with gesso drawn on it. It really does look like a tennis ball in real life and I was thrilled with it.
I found the cartoon on the net too, and I thought it would amuse an 8-year-old with a cat (check out the shadow), so I stuck that in the inside and hand wrote the greeting. In typical "me" style, this is a relatively simple-looking card that took hours to make! But at least every time I try something new, I'm learning. While I have the time, I don't begrudge spending it.