Hello everyone!!! About ten days ago I made this card, but did not want to post it until my friend had received it. Her birthday was back in July, but I'm afraid that my creative juices were not kicking in at that time due to my cancer and treatments and it was her big 50....so needless to say I was feeling VERY guilty and I got to thinking about the old saying, "better late than never" and that got my creative juices kicking in and this is what I came up with! Here is a front view of the card.
And here is a view of the inside (in Photoshop I blocked out the personal message to her).
Now for some notes on the making of this card. First of all, I want to mention that the card is 5"x7" and and in order to make a "portrait" 5x7 card I would need at least a 14" piece of cardstock which I don't have! So, I used Becca Feeken's (Amazing Paper Grace) "Becca Bit" called "Piecing Card Bases" and I just love that concept as you can even use letter size papers if you need to. You can find it here...just scroll down to the video tutorial. Thank you so much for this Becca! Now, do you see how tiny and delicate the "Belated Birthday Wishes" is? Well, that was done using black vinyl that was cut with my Silhouette "Cameo"!!! Needless to say, I will start using the vinyl more often for sentiments, etc. as it cuts like butter with the "Cameo"!!! The lamp post is a really nice file from the Silhouette store that I just purchased and it is named "Vintage Hanging Shop Sign", Design ID #18385. I only used the lamp post. I made the actual hanging sign using one of the stamps from "Borders & Journaling Boxes" by Studio G and I made a "mat" to stamp it on using my Silhouette "Studio Designer Edition" software and the message on it was hand written by me using a while gel pen. The "chains" holding it are made from some silver trim that I purchased from Walmart. The banner is also a file from the Silhouette store called "banner 2"...I could not find a design number and I think maybe it was one of the free files that came with the "Cameo". Don't you just love the patterned paper I used on it? It came from a Recollections paper stack called "Garden Florals" and there are 240 sheets of patterned papers, 60 designs and four sheets of each.
Now....onto the "free" file. I designed an envelope for 5x7 (A7) cards that can be cut on letter size papers....of course, if you have a piece of 12x12 paper and a cutter that will cut that size, you can use the 12x12 size papers. Because I designed this to cut on letter size, the envelope file is five separate pieces as well as the liner. I have a lot of paper that is letter size that I need to be using, plus for those individuals that can only cut letter size or even A4, they can make their own "large" envelopes too! I used my file to make the envelope for this card and I want to let you know that I only cut the envelope front using the patterned paper....the other pieces (the flaps) were cut using 24# white printer paper. If you would like the file (I included Studio as well as SVG formats), you can download it here. Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you again soon!!!
Finished Card Size: A7 (5"x7")
Papers: Bazzill and Recollections "Garden Florals" Paper Pad
Stamps: "Borders & Journaling Boxes" Studio G
Inks: Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark", Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo"
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories: Stamp-n-Stuff "Detail White Opaque" embossing powder, Recollections "Pearl Stickers", me and my big ideas "icon" (bling), Martha Stewart "Classic Butterfly" punch