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Initial Birthday Card

Welcome to the May Arts / Bella Blvd blog week!  

We are so excited to be teaming up with the fabulous & very talented team over at Bella Blvd!   We will be sharing with you a full week of inspiration, giveaways & a ton of fun!  So, be sure to check in each day this week!

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.

 

 

Supplies needed:

  • 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

  1. jengd

    I really like this idea- I never thought of making a card from just the initial. Very personalized.

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  2. Rebecca Ednie

    What a great idea! I’ll have to try this!

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  3. Marcy H.

    Love this idea!! They are too cute!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. Charlene

    Super cool way to honor a special someone!!

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  5. erin

    Love that you guys are thinking out of the normal 4 x 6 box.

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  6. Lara Walker

    What a GREAT idea! These turned out totally cute, I have to try one myself! thanks for the idea. 😉

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  7. Cynthia

    Gorgeous cards! How creative and fun, and the ribbon details are spot on. TFS!

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  8. Lucy

    I love this idea! The instructions are great. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  9. Marie / Legojenta

    What a great idea to make a card in the shape of the recipients initial! TFS =)

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  10. Sue D

    What a fabulous idea–thanks for sharing how.

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  11. Larissa Heskett

    WHAT AN AWESOME PROJECT!!! I LOVE the idea!! I can’t wait for all of the fun this week!! =) THANKS for sharing!! =)
    Have a FABULOUS DAY!!

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  12. sue w.

    Those initial cards are terrific!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  13. Nancy Peterson

    Love the inital card….such a great idea. I can see my kids loving these and their friends keeping them up in their rooms. Thanks for the idea!

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  14. Shawn Wenrich

    Awesome post today, what a great project!

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  15. jean marmo

    Amazing idea!!

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  16. Kristie Maynard

    Very cute card idea! Will have to put that one into my “make this someday” file.

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  17. Janet Zeppa

    This is a great card and tutorial!

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  18. Charity

    Very cute idea. I just made some cards last night and wish I had seen this beforehand. Oh well, one more reason to make some more. 😉

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  19. Ruth Tacoma

    Great tutorial!!!

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  20. Elizabeth P

    these were very clever !

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  21. karenladd

    This is just incredible….my name is Karen and my daughter’s name is Shannon!! I did a double take when I saw your project with both our names! Super cute!

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  22. Sharon Gullikson

    What an amazing idea. I’ll have to try that. Thanks.

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  23. Anita Y.

    LOVE this idea!!! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

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  24. Megan A

    this is so cute!

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  25. Amy Bender

    What great cards! Love them! 🙂

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  26. Samantha T

    What a great idea for personalizing a card!

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  27. Lindy

    For some reason my comment isn’t showing up so I’ll try a third time. sorry if it’s a duplicate!

    Love this idea!!!! Amazing cards!!!! T4S

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  28. samantha Sibbet

    Great Idea Shelly, these are fabulous

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  29. Mandie W

    LOVE these beautiful cards! What a great idea!

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  30. Shannon

    These cards are fantastic! A great inspiration for us card makers — and the Bella Blvd products are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Kim M

    that is so cute and i am so glad you gave such detailed instructions,thanks!

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  32. Tracey

    These cards are fabulous! How creative!!

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  33. Doris Widder

    Great cards! What a fabulous idea! TFS!

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  34. Lindy

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! AWESOME!

    T4S…I love it!

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  35. {vicki}

    WOW!

    I Love this
    TFS!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. Lindy

    AWESOME card!!!!!! I love it! T4S

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  37. Annette A.

    I lOvE this idea. This would be great for gift. Thanks for sharing…love BellaBlvd…

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