Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Personalized Pop-Up Anniversary Card
My husband's parents celebrated their 58th anniversary last month but I didn't get a chance to give them the card until recently. This card uses both Cricut and Silhouette files. It is a large card, 6 x 6 inches.
The "Happy Anniversary" on the front of the card is from the Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Cake Art cartridge. It is on the phrase feature key and can be found on page 69 of the handbook.
Here is the inside of the card. I used a file designed by Samantha Walker that I purchased from the Silhouette Online Store. I made a few changes to personalize the card.
Here is the design ID information to make it easier for you to find this card. I really like pop up cards and intricate designs so this was almost perfect for the special anniversary card.
I wanted to have room to add initials and the anniversary number so I eliminated the cut out hearts in the center and at the top.
Deleting the three hearts gave me a spot to add the letters and numbers needed to personalize the card. Here you can see the difference between the modified and the original card insert.
I used "verdana" - a very plain font for the letters since the area was quite small. I usually put the name of the font I use in the gray working area of the file so I can remember later. I used the knife tool to fix the "B" and the "8" so the center pieces would stay connected. (I will show how to do this in more detail in another post).
The tiny letters and all of the intricate details cut beautifully in the Cameo. When the card insert is folded you need to be careful not to rip it along the folding perforations.
The file contains a cut for the card base but I just cut a piece of cardstock at 6 x 12 inches with my trimmer and then scored and folded it to form a 6 x 6 inch card. I put adhesive on the bottom section and placed it carefully in the card base aligning it with the center fold.
I used ScorTape and placed it along the outer edges of the insert, then peeled off the backing and folded the card base down on the insert. This helps to keep the pop up from tearing from stress when the card is opened.
Along the bottom of the insert I added some punched hearts. I used the same patterned paper that is on the front of the card as well as the dark red cardstock I used for the sentiment. I was careful to punch the three hearts from the patterned paper at the same spot in the design so they would match.
The paper on the front is a shimmer paper - hard to see in the photo but very elegant in person.
I needed to make an envelope for the card since I didn't have one to fit a six by six card. I used some embossed white cardstock and added a few more red hearts on circles of the shimmer patterned paper on the front of the envelope.
On the back of the envelope, I used a patterned heart on a red circle for the closure.
I made the envelope by simply folding the sheet of white embossed cardstock around the card and trimming away the excess pieces. The envelope ended up rather asymmetrical (I didn't measure or try to be precise) and I liked the way it looked. I'll try to explain in more detail how I made the envelope fit in another post. I didn't have time to take photos as I made it.
Here is one more photo of the center of the card with the letters and numbers added. While this might have been meant for a Valentine's Day card, it worked perfectly for an anniversary card with the extra personalization added. I kept the front of the card very simple to emphasize the special surprise inside.
Do pop-up cards always make you smile? I just think they are a little bit of magic and would be sure to brighten anyone's day!
If you had President's Day off I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. If you are on vacation this week, have a great time. I need to take a quick trip to Pennsylvania to take care of some things for my father's estate. I am trying to keep up with answering email and comments but I am a bit behind - if you have sent me a question recently I will get to it as soon as possible but for the next few days I won't have much time online.
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