Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Maddi

For my Cousin Maddi's birthday I wanted to make her an accordion card with photos that i took at her first birthday. I used graphic 45 On the boardwalk - She Sells Seashells. I made the envelope out of the same paper, but i use Mod Podge on the edges to ensure that the envelope would not split at the seams during mailing. I cut my 12x12 sheet of card stock into an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet. and then i cut that in half to make 2 A2 cards (5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4)  then I attached two ends of the A2 cards and made an accordion card. 

For the front of the card I ran vellum through my printer and I used  Microsoft Word to type my text in a color that matched the card stock. (if your vellum is having a difficult time being accepted by your printer you can do what i did. I used my tape runner and ran a line across the top of a sheet of printer paper and just attached my vellum to the printer paper and it printed just fine) I used the Victorian Romance Cricut cartridge for my cut outs and I used mint card stock and yellow glittered paper. 
 On the front of the card I attached the vellum with glue dots and used the key, heart and gems to hide the glue dots.
 On the next two panels I used a photo ( yes, I blurred it as I prefer not to put up photos of my family) of Maddi at her first birthday, along with a banner and a frame both from the Cricut Cartridge. I used Tim Holtz ink to ink the edges of all the panels and mint cut outs. On the panel with the gift card I used a key to hold it in place and just used two glue dots, one on the top and one on the bottom to adhere it to the panel.
 This is the back panel. Again from Victorian Romance Cricut cartridge I made a hot air balloon with a small banner to put my mark.

 On the back panels I used vellum and put a few interesting facts about my cousins Maddi's name and the origin of it and under it I used cut outs from the other parts of the card as a background. I adhere it with glue dots and placed my hearts to cover it. The small heart on top of the double heart is actually a paper clip, that can be pulled out and used. I then used velvet ribbon with gems to separate the sections. The next panel is the same layout as the other one with the photo.
 On the last two panels I used the cutout from Victorian Romance, and i placed it so that the swirls on the card stock would look as if she had a smile and curls in her hair. The other panel has a Birthday poem for cousins.
This is my first try at this type of card. Usually my cards are very streamline, but I figured i will never master them if i don't try. I think it came out pretty good, and my cousin liked it. So that is what really matters.

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