Initial Birthday Card
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Initial Birthday Card
Every year around mid-March, I get a bit stressed because April is only a few weeks away. No, I’m not stressed because it’s tax season, I’m stressed because so many of my friends have birthdays in April. Why does that stress me out, you ask? It’s because I’m inevitably looking for that perfect birthday card to mark the occasion.
So, when May Arts announced we were doing a blog week with Bella Blvd. I knew I could ease my stress by making personalized handcrafted cards for all my friends.
If you’re looking to create a unique birthday card, or card for any occasion, follow along as I show you how quick and easy an Initial Card can be.
- Initial Templates (printed on computer in Word)
- Heavy cardstock
- Adhesive Tape
- Paper Flowers from Prima Marketing, La Petites Birthday Hats from The Paper Studio, Paper Squares from Jillibean Soup
STEP 1: CREATE YOUR INITIAL TEMPLATE
To create your initial templates, print out the initials you need using Microsoft Word. Make sure your initials are no larger than 6” high.
STEP 2: CREATE YOUR INITIAL CARD
Each initial card will utilize two different paper patterns. To create the front and back of your card, take a selected paper design and fold the paper in half. Lay your initial template onto the paper, with the top edge of the initial along the fold line. Trace your initial onto the patterned paper.
Cut out the initial, leaving the fold line in tack, creating a folded hinge at the top of your initial.
STEP 3: CREATE THE INSIDE OF YOUR INITIAL CARD
Next, take another paper pattern and trace the initial onto the back side of the paper. You’re tracing on the back side of the paper so that when the initial is cut out, it will match up correctly to the inside front of your card. Cut out the initial. Glue the patterned paper to the inside front of your card.
STEP 4: REINFORCE YOUR INITIAL CARD
In order to give your initial card a bit more stability, so it can stand up, you’ll need to reinforce the inside back of the card. Trace your initial onto a piece of heavy cardstock and cut it out. Now, glue the cardstock to the inside back side of the initial card.
STEP 5: PERSONALIZE YOUR CARD
Now that the body of your initial card is complete, personalize it with initial stickers spelling out the recipients’ name.
STEP 6: ADD EMBELLISHMENTS
To finish off your initial cards, add ribbons and other embellishments.
On my “S” card, I made three double loops of ribbons (BN22, 354-46, AH27) and stitched them together in the center to create a flower. I then added a paper flower and brad to highlight the center. A decorative paper square was embellished with Bella Blvd. mini circle letter stickers, spelling out Happy Birthday. A paper birthday hat was added to the corner. The ribbon flower and paper square were place above Shannan’s name.
For my “K” card, I again created a ribbon flower using ribbons AH27, XB22. I added a paper flower and button to finish off the center. I placed Bella Blvd. rectangular letter stickers atop a bright yellow rectangular paper square and added a birthday hat to the corner. The ribbon flower and paper square were placed off the side of Karen’s name.
Oh, I added a bit of detail on the inside of each card too! (Bella Blvd. Plastino Label Additions Stickers)
When it comes to handmade cards, I love making personalized cards, and initial cards are one of my favorite designs. I hope you enjoyed this project!
Blog Post By: Shelly Dozier-Mckee