Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Simple Birthday Card

I never seem to have enough birthday cards, so I decided to make up some simple cards to have on hand.  I see many beautiful cards with multiple layers, stitching, lots of flowers and bling but they look like they take hours to make.  Sometimes you just need to choose a few shapes and get the card made quickly!

Here are the pieces of the card.  The yellow card base is textured Bazzill cardstock, The plaid layer is from Martha Stewart, and the green sparkly strip is from the DCWV Cotton Bloom stack.  The scalloped circle was made with the Creative Memories scallop circle maker from DCWV Shimmer cardstock and the light green circle is from Martha Stewart.  The Happy Birthday sentiment circle is from Craftwork Cards.  The sheer yellow dotted ribbon is from May Arts.

The card is an A2 card (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) and the plaid layer is cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches.  The green sparkly strip is 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.  It is handy to have a mat with a grid to help center pieces that you are layering.  I put the four inch side along the grid lines and then used the bolder center line at 2 inches to align the green strip.

I assembled the scalloped circle, plain circle and sentiment circle and added a piece of sheer yellow dotted ribbon, taping it on the back of the card layer.

Then I adhered the layer to the card base and tied a bow around the ribbon strip (it is much easier to get a straight bow when you add it on top of the longer ribbon like this).

I added some foam dots on the scalloped circle, leaving the center blank so it would fit neatly over the ribbon.

Then I nestled the lowest scallop into the area where the bow was tied.  When I put the sentiment on the scalloped circle, I aligned it so there was a scallop "bump" at each of the four compass points and the words would follow a straight line.

This card is quick and easy to make and the sparkly and shiny elements in the center make it feel special.  The sentiment circle from Craftwork cards is printed on shimmer cardstock with metallic gold.  If you can't find these (mine were a gift from my friend Enfys) you could make a batch of sentiments to have on hand using stamps and gold embossing powder.

I think this card looks a little like a flower with a ribbon stem and I particularly like the fresh look of the plaid paper!

The Creative Memories "Just Can't Wait" sale on albums and hardcover Storybooks has been extended to June 30th.  To go directly to the sale page click HERE.  You can see all of the details in my first post about the sale HERE.  I have already ordered a couple more custom album credits so I could get the 25% off price and make the albums any time in the next six months.

The Creative Memories Birthday Bash sale will start July 1st and run for 25 days.  The 25 top picks will be 25% off as Creative Memories celebrates their 25th year.  I'll post all of the details and a list of the products - there are lots of great items, including a sale on both software programs (Memory Manager 3.0 and StoryBook Creator 4.0) and 30% off on digital artwork, downloads and CDs.

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1 comment:

  1. Love this card ...such a simple but effective design which would be suitable for any kind of greeting.

    Carole x


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