Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

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(inside: You’re living proof that dreams come true.)

My husband is an avid birdwatcher so when I saw this napkin design with the pair of birds, I immediately thought it would make a great anniversary card for him.  (He got two cards from me this year – lol!)

I used my Minc foiling machine, the napkin, and some freezer paper to create the panel for my card front.  (This post includes instructions on how I did this.)

I always struggle with layout ideas when I use a napkin with a scene for a card panel.  Do I cut it apart, add a bunch of stuff to it, or leave it as is?  Here is one version I did where I simply matted the whole napkin panel, layered the die cut greeting, and let the beautiful image do all the work.  (This card is 5 1/2 inches square.)

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(inside: An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.)

For the sample at the top of this post, I used the Mosaic Moments 4 x 6 Crisscross die to cut the frame and the napkin panel and pieced them together.  The die is large (made to cut a 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 inch photo), and my napkin was only 5 1/2 inches square, so I added an embossed panel behind the frame (made with the 5 x 7 “Basket Weave” embossing folder by Darice) to fill in the holes.  The greeting was cut (3 times and stacked) with the “Mini Expressions – Happy Anniversary” die by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions.

The inside sentiments on both cards are from the “Anniversary 2 Celebrate” set by The Stamps of Life.

The first card ended up being 4 5/8 x 6 7/8, and while it would fit in an A7 sized envelope (for 5 x 7 cards), I used my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create a custom envelope that was a better fit.  I needed to create an envelope for the square card as well.

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10 thoughts on “Love Birds – Napkin Anniversary Card

  1. They are both beautiful. I really like the die cuts and embossing folder on the first card. Love the inside sentiment too. Happy Anniversary.

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  2. I love that chickadee napkin and both cards. I think you did a really great job with the layered card. Keeping all those layers as kraft makes it not too busy but really pretty and textured! Happy Anniversary!

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  3. Both cards are beautiful. I especially like the die cut frame on the top card. Awesome napkin find and such a lovely sentiment. Happy Anniversary! I’m sure your husband will love his 2nd card of the year.

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  4. Lisa, these are both pretty, but the top one, with the fabulous frame is wonderful! I love that you used a couple of different things to make it fit right. I never would have known it wasn’t just the way it was supposed to be, without you saying anything. Great work on making it work, and the beauty of it.

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  5. I’m with the others regarding the comments they’ve given. Both are beautiful and the napkin is lovely just as a napkin. What you did with the first one is striking and clever. Very creative to use the die cut and then add something else to make it fit properly. The embossing on the frame looks like embroidery at the edges. You are very talented!

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