eclectic handmade birthday card

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I secretly love when I get to hand someone a card rather than mail it – not only do I get to see their reaction, but it allows me to play with the three-dimensional aspect of the card so much more! I keep my mailed cards pretty flat – never venturing much beyond a brad or epoxy dot. This card was for a local friend and was going to be hand-delivered, so it includes some pop-dots for dimension. As evident from the crazy shadow from my middle-of-the-night-picture-taking flash. Oops!
I love to stock up on the normal card sentiments – anytime I see cute labels or stamps that say “happy birthday” (or washi like this one) I am sure to pick it up. These banners were from a pack I scored on clearance at Target.

This card was for a scrappy friend, so I decided to play a little. I used a lot of my favorite punches (a tag, label, scallop circle and star) with a cute little 6x6 paper pad, plus some scraps and stickers. I added a letter sticker in the corner with her initial.

I love to use the 6x6 paper pads for cards due to the scale, but the reality is that any small scale patterned paper scrap works (or even medium scale ones like the camera print above). Play with scale, but use varying scales on your cards (or pages) so they don’t get too overpowering. For some reason it is easier for me to play with patterns in cards than on scrapbook layouts. I think because I don’t have to compete with the photos!

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