Single Chevron Happy Birthday

Single Chevron Happy Birthday

Here is another card I made using the chevron fold as my focal element. Different paper, different direction, different look.

I used two-sided origami paper which was super easy to fold (obviously – lol!). I used that for the mat and greeting as well. White card stock was used for the front panels and base.

I used my score board to emboss the vertical lines and then adhered an embossed panel (Cuttlebug Swiss Dots) in the empty space.

The greeting was cut with the “Doodle Happy Birthday” die from Poppy Stamps. The origami paper is pretty thin so, before I die cut from it, I used double sided Super Tacky Tape to attach card stock to the back of the paper and more Super Tacky Tape to the back of the card stock to make my greeting into sturdy stickers.

Here is the video I watched showing how to do this technique. I actually had to make my (white) front panel a smidge bigger than the size given in the tutorial as my last folded piece hung over the edge a bit. (This happened on my first chevron card as well. For that one, I trimmed the last folded piece a little to make it fit.) I found that the (1 x 2 1/2 inch) folded pieces fit better if my base was 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches (instead of 5 1/4 x 4 inches). As a result, the mat/border is now super skinny (1/16 inch on all sides). Maybe I just need more practice positoning the folded pieces…

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Chevron Fold Birthday Wishes

Chevron Fold Birthday Wishes

In an effort to use more of the patterned paper I’ve been hoarding accumulated, I thought I’d try the “Chevron Paper Fold” technique I saw HERE.

For this technique, you need two-sided printed paper as you will see both the front and back after the pieces are folded.

The paper I used on this card is an old piece by Stampin’ Up. I was looking for a specific pack I purchased a bit ago (still haven’t found it) and stumbled on this sheet. Unfortunately, I have no idea from which pack it came since I bought several of these loose sheets on ebay and can’t seem to find the order info to see what it was called. My original thought was to just use it as scrap to try the technique and see if I liked it before looking for “the perfect” paper. I plopped the folded pieces on a white scrap and was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. Go figure! Finished it off with a computer generated greeting strip and some kraft card stock for the greeting mat and base.

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Party Animal Selfies

Party Animal Selfies

(inside: Thinking of you on your birthday and wishing you the best of everything)

I made these cards for my triplets who turned 24 today. Happy birthday Kelly, Kevin, and Keith! I was very excited when I saw this “Picture Perfect Party Animals” stamp set from My Favorite Things as it had 3 of my kids’ favorite animals in the one set. It’s like they made it for us – lol! The “Poloroid Shaker Frame” die was also from MFT.

The cards are 5×7. The stamped images aren’t that large so I felt like I needed paper that would do a lot of the work. The card stock I chose was from the 12×12 DCWV “The Birthday Wishes Stack” which I’ve had (and have been hoarding!) forever and thought it worked well with these images.

I stamped the images with black Amalgam ink (GKD) and colored them with Copic Markers (giraffe: Y23, E27, Y17, YG25, B05, R29, YR18, 0; monkey: Y17, E27, E25, E23, YG25, B05, B91, 0; elephant: B91, C5, Y17, YG25, B05, TY18, R29, 0).

The inside sentiment is from the “Happy Birthday Frame” set from Stampin’ Up (retired).

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Inlaid Floral Birthday Card

Inlaid Floral Birthday Card

This card features the “Stained Glass Floral” die by Memory Box along with a greeting die called “Doodle Happy Birthday” by Poppy Stamps. I used my score board to deboss the background.

I originally intended this card to be white on white.

Then I wondered how it would look in navy…

I had the negative (navy) pieces from this die cut so thought I’d try adding them to the white die cut…

I can’t decide which version I like best!

I love how the diagonal debossed lines “decorate” the petals and leaves, especially on the inlaid version.

I made the die cuts into stickers by adding Super Tacky Tape by Creek Bank Creations to the back of the card stock before die cutting.

The floral die cut is very thin and delicate and does not hold its shape well when trying to adhere it to the card so I created a template by positioning and cutting the image from plain white card stock that was the same size as my card front. I was able to place the template over the actual card panel and drop the die cut into the negative space on the template and shape it before sticking it down. 

Over at Cardz 4 Galz, we are challenged to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card.

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To My Favorite Peanut

To My Favorite Peanut

One of the great things about making cards is the ability to customize them. My son asked me to make “a peanut card” for his girlfriend with an elephant and peanut image he found online. (Nicknames, inside jokes… lol!) I came up with a few different samples to start, and he pointed me in the direction he wanted me to go. The sample above is from Eric’s vision, using the papers, greeting, and design he chose. He decided he wanted a cute, festive look with a bold image.

We thought it would be fun to separate the head and make it wobble using an action wobble spring (Hampton Art).

I “traced” the image and then created cut files using my Silhouette software.

The original online image had soft edges…

…so some of the samples I started with were much softer looking. Here’s one of them:

For this one, I inked the edges instead of matting all the elephant pieces and peanut on black.

For Eric’s card, I used Glitter Card Stock (Recollections) and a sheet from “The Birthday Wishes Stack” (DCWV). The “Happy Birthday Sentiment” die is by Creek Bank Creations, and the bottom strip was computer generated. Both were cut and stacked several times to make them stand out better. The hat was hand cut from “Easter Stripe” paper (Reminisce); the “pom pom” was made with the “Flower & Flourish” edger punch (EK Success). The peanut was debossed with theTim Holtz/Sizzix “Dot Matrix” embossing folder (and then flattened a bit with my bone folder) to add texture to the shell.

For the second sample, I used a sheet of Studio Calico/American Crafts paper (#331575) and “White Plaid” by Core’dinations/American Crafts.

The elephant was cut from “Gray Kraft” and the peanut from the “Nostalgia” pack (both Recollections). GKD Stormy Sky and Dark Chocolate inks were used to ink the edges.

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