Using my Cricut Imagine and my Imagine More cartridge, I cut the card out using the layers feature and print/cut each layer out four times, and then twice using the cut only option with plain white cardstock. I chose different patterned papers for each layer. For the card front, I cut away the leaves and ran the red layer of the flower through my Big Kick using the Regal Flourishes Sizzix embossing folder. Then I embossed the leaves separately using my Herringbone Cuddlebug folder.
I inked all of the edges of each layer using various colors from my Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Inks and then began adhering the layers together over top of the plain white flower, front and back.
On the inside I adhered the red layer and, since I planned to insert a gift card, I cut a small envelope with my Cricut, inked all the edges, and adhered it to the inside panel.
Before adhering the flower center to the inside panel, I stamped the sentiment using Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets, Glamour Girls from the Heartwarming Vintage Collection.
I decided to add the image of the girl (it reminded me of my daughter) by stamping it onto a piece of vellum and coloring it in with my regular Sharpie markers, shading from the back. Then I cut the image out and adhered it with mini glue dots in opaque places of the image where the dots wouldn't show. Isn't she the cutest?!? :o)
To hinge the card together, I scored the edge of the card front only, secured it to the back using my ATG gun, and punched a hole. I used a blingy brad from my stash which I pushed through two inked flowers and secured it to the card.
For the back of the card I simply inked the edges and then added my business stamp. Later I covered the stems from the brad, but I forgot to take a photo of that--sorry! :o}
I always dress up my business stamp to match the card and this time I added a little birdie I cut with my Martha Stewart punch. Isn't it cute?
Call me a perfectionist, but I can never send out a card in a plain white envelope, lol! This one I cut from scratch using the darling polka dot cardstock from DCWV, Nana's Nursery stack. I thought it coordinated just great and added that little bit extra to the ensemble. I added my last flower layers to the front of the envelope using my Xyron machine--it glues things permanently so I don't have to worry about anything falling off once it goes through the post office. The flower center was a simple circle cut from a Meade lined paper pad--it worked better for the address. I hand wrote "Happy Birthday" all around the circle.
The back of the envelope had to be special, too! I added another cut circle, a return address label, and adorned it with little flowers cut with my paper punch. I then added a kitty-cat (my granddaughters are crazy about kitties, lol!) that I cut with the same cartridge.
That's it--the birthday card is complete and ready to be dropped in the mail. I hope you enjoyed today's post!
Have a great day!
Recipe Ingredients: Patterned Paper: Imagine More Cartridge-Pgs. 38-39, 43-44
Cardstock: DCWV-Nana's Nursery; Colobok-Textured Cardstock; Vellum-Staples; Lined Paper-Meade
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps-Glamour Girls, Heartwarming Vintage Collection
Embellishments: Blingy Brad-my stash; Flowers-my stash
Ink: Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Various Colors
Tools: Cricut Imagine; Cricut Imagine Cartridge-Imagine More-Grateful Flower-Pg. 16, Kitty-Cat-Pg. 11, Envelope-Bonus Content-Pg. 29; Big Kick; Sizzix/Tim Holtz Embossing Folder-Regal Flourishes; Cuddlebug Embossing Folder-Herringbone; Bird Punch-Martha Stewart; Flower Punch-The Paper Studio; ATG gun; Xyron machine