Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy 50th!



I made this card for a friend whose parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary the weekend of Thanksgiving. I love the easel card technique – it looks elegant, and makes it easy to display. I was inspired by the card I found on Splitcoast – click here to see the original by “SoSherry”.

A couple of video tutorials helped me out – you can learn to make an easel card (any size) in the resources section on Splitcoast – click here.  And to tie a bow, Becca Feeken has a video tutorial too – click here.



Note: finished card size is 5” x 5”

Champagne Pearl Metallic (Wassau): 5” x 10”, score at 5” and 7 1/2”; 5” x 5”, 3” x 4”, small scrap.  Gold Metallic (Wassau): 4 3/4” x 4 3/4” – 2 pieces, 3” x 4”, small scrap.  Victorian Elegance Supplemental Paper (CTMH): 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” – 2 pieces


Versamark (Tsukineko)


A Word for You (SU!), Happy Anniversary (PSX)


Ribbon (Michaels); Gold number stickers (unknown); Pearl stickers (Prima); Detail Gold Embossing Powder (Stampendous); Heat Gun; Modern Label Punch (SU!); Movers & Shapers Punch Windows Die (SU!); Label 4 Nestabilities Die (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug (Provo Craft); Scor-Pal; Adhesive Transfer Gun 714 (Scotch); Rotary trimmer with straight blade (Fiskars); Scissor



I used Wassau Royal Metallics paper for this card – this is really nice metallic paper, with a coordinating reverse side that’s very smooth.

Stamp Happy Anniversary in Versamark ink on the smooth, back side of the pearl paper, and emboss with gold powder.  Align the greeting inside the Label 4 die, and cut it out with the die cut machine – run it through twice – once to cut, and once to emboss.  Cut a gold label with the next larger size of Label 4 die, and mount the sentiment label on the gold label.

For the Congratulations, use the Versamark marker to ink just the word “Congratulations”.  Stamp on the smaller scrap of pearl paper, again on the smooth reverse side.  Punch it out with the Modern label punch.  Run the smaller scrap of gold through the die cut machine using the Modern label punch window die, and mount the sentiment on the gold label.


Mount a square of the patterned paper on a gold square.  Wrap a ribbon vertically around the square you just created.  Tie a bow close onto the ribbon, near the top of the square.  Mount the Happy Anniversary label below the ribbon.  Apply the pearl stickers around the sentiment.  Mount this onto the 5” x 5” pearl square.

The 5” x 10” base card is scored at 5” and 7 1/2”, and folded accordion style.  Attach the card stack with the bow to the top-most 2 1/2” section of the base card.  You just formed the easel!

Now, mount the remaining gold square and patterned paper on the bottom section of the card.  Add the pearls, the congratulations sentiment, and the number stickers.

When you stand the card up, the pearls on the base will be the thing that causes the front to stand upright.

Final Thoughts

Finding a place to hand-write your message on this card might be a little tricky, but there is space above the pearls on the base, or you can use the back.

For this card, an envelope was impossible with the bow, so I made a little 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” x 2 1/2” box to hold it.

Thanks for stopping by.


1 comment:

Helen said...

This is so elegant!

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