Monday, October 15, 2012

Birthday Card

I have been very busy creating cards for the holiday bazaar I mentioned in my last post.  So busy, in fact, that I haven't had time to take pictures of any of them!  So I won't have a sneak preview of any of those until I get my inventory up and can take a breather.

In the meantime, I took a break from holiday cards to make a birthday card for my BFF Kendra, whose birthday was last week.  I had some pretty paper I'd been wanting to use, and this was the perfect occasion.  I wanted to do a design that was different than anything I had done before, and had been kicking around this idea in my head of having a tri-fold card with windows, so decided to give it a try.

This project definitely had its challenges!  First of all, I stubbornly wanted to make it 5x7, which was difficult because standard scrapbook paper is 12x12.  In order to do a 5x7 tri-fold card, I'd need something that was 15 inches wide.  I went exploring in Michaels, and came upon some thick paper back by the art supplies that is meant for watercolors or pastels, and was very large- at least 24x24.  It came in several colors, and lucky for me, one of them was a green that worked well with the paper I wanted to use.  The other challenge was die cutting the windows so that the lined up correctly.  There are actually two windows of graduated sizes, so it is important that they line up.
Here you can see that when you open up to the second panel, the window is larger than the one on the front.  It was a little tricky to get it there, but I'm happy with how it turned out.
The second panel opens up to the inside, where there is space to write a personal sentiment.

Kendra said she liked the card, which made me happy.  I am always a little nervous making cards for other card makers, especially ones whose work I admire!

I have some more birthdays coming up in the near future, so will have to work those into the crafting schedule around the holiday bazaar work- I'll be back later to share those!

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