Happy Birthday Garland Card

Posted by Kerenjb, 20 Jun, 2014

For any birthday it’s fun to create a card that’s really different and parchment paper is a great product for adding an interactive and textural element to your projects. The semi-transparency leaves a sense of intrigue as to just what lies beneath! As I wanted to make a parchment pocket to give a hint that there was something inside, I created a template by tracing round an opened-up memory pocket, but you could always use an existing memory pocket if you want your message to be completely hidden. To give the card a modern look but make it suitable for either a man or woman, I chose cheery Capsule Spots and Stripes papers and by attaching the papers on a diagonal, the card has a striking, contemporary look. Why not try the same design using pastel colours instead of brights, the new Eau de Nil collection for a baby congratulations card, or lovely Oyster Blush for a wedding celebration? Perhaps use stars instead of circle punches, or acetate rather than parchment.  Parchment pocket card 1 Open up a memory pocket and use as a template to cut and score a pocket from parchment. Fold along the score lines and assemble using double-sided tape. 2 Punch a semi-circle in the top flap of the parchment pocket. Using the piercing tool of an Xcut 4 in 1 Embossing Pen, make regular holes around the pocket and backstitch around it using green thread.   3 Stamp ‘h b 2 u’, using a mini-typewriter stamp, in white pigment ink on the pocket. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and use a heat tool to emboss.   4 Add a smaller mat of grey spotted paper on a 5 x 7" card blank. Cut different sized strips of brightly coloured cardstock and yellow spotted paper then adhere diagonally on the bottom left of the card, trimming any excess cardstock.  5 Glue the pocket in the centre of the card, using double-sided tape on the bottom half of the pocket and around the edges only. 6 Using the Sew Lovely stitched alphabet stamp, stamp two sets of the words ‘happy birthday’ on white cardstock in black ink. Punch out each letter using a medium circle Xcut Palm Punch and colour the letters with Artiste Permanent Pens. 7 Punch a large circle for each letter in different patterned papers and attach the letters in the centre of each. Sandwich a length of thread between the letters to form double-sided bunting spelling ‘Happy Birthday’, making sure the letters on the reverse are upside down. Punch four small circles and attach a pair to both ends.  8 Place the garland in the pocket so the garland reads ‘Happy Birthday’ when pulled from the pocket. 

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