My very best friend’s birthday is coming up and since we now live almost an entire country apart, what could be more fitting than a beautiful, hand made birthday card? And since we always get together at Starbucks to chat and enjoy some coffee, I just had to make a gift card holder for a Starbucks card to fit inside the actual birthday card.
Since I really had to get this right, I started out with a sketch of the card. It had to fit around a gift card holder (Kristina Werner has a great template here), so I had to deviate quite a bit from standard card sizes. Also, I wanted multiple panels at the front, which meant I had to calculate the sizes of the panels beforehand so I wouldn’t screw up.
As it turned out, my Fiskars paper trimmer is completely incapable of cutting straight lines (insert swear word of choice here), so my panels ended up being smaller and I had to re-calculate everything. Bah. These are the paper pieces I ended up with:
|From left: envelope, kraft card base, yellow panel for the front, patterned paper for the gift card holder, and some Neenah card stock for the stamping|
I was absolutely delighted with my new stamps, by the way. I had found a Stampin Up demonstrator close to where I live and Ramona Appenzeller from Scrap Stueble delivered the stamps in record time! Definitely someone to enjoy doing business with.
|I was excited to use this wonderful stamp set from Stampin Up (left) and the cupcakes from Lawn Fawn|
|Layout and orientation attempts|
If you look at my original sketch, I had drawn it in portrait orientation. While stamping out my layout on scrap paper, I realized I didn’t have enough room for cupcakes in this orientation and also, the top of the card would look scarily empty. So I spontaneously switched to landscape orientation.
I did practice the coloring on some leftover Neenah cardstock first … I wanted to make sure I got the coffee cup right, that was the most important part of the card.
|Practicing coloring the coffee cup. Stamped with Memento Tuxedo black, which doesn’t bleed when colored over with Copics.|
|Here are all the colors I used for the cupcakes|
With the front finished, I went on creating the gift card holder. Thanks to Kristina’s template, this was super easy.
|Yellow: base for the gift card; Kraft: top front panel; patterned paper: bottom front panel; brads to hold it together and a piercing mat to make the holes for the brads|
|Top: gift card holder with all the panels attached. Bottom: gift card holder assembled and properly creased and folded|
After this, I wrote a greeting on the inside of the card with a white Signo pigment pen and attached the gift card holder with some non-permanent glue so it could be removed easily.
I also added some Glossy Accents to the cupcakes to make the front of the card pop a bit and then decorated the envelope to make it even prettier and the recipient eager to open the card 😉
Hope you enjoyed. See you around!