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Birthday Wishes & Card with Graphic 45!

Posted by Graphic 45 09/14/2017 60 Comment(s) Cards,

Hello, G45ers!

 Today we have a beautiful birthday card by Brand Ambassador Kathy Clement This card features Master Detective and some fun embellishments. Kathy uses thoughtful layers to create a perfect amount of depth and a great design and the variety of materials-cardstock, metals, and ribbon-is the perfect mix for this kind of project. Kathy also includes some insightful tips. Making a card is elementary when you have the Graphic 45 blog to inspire you. Before we dive in, we have a very special birthday in the G45 family to celebrate as well!

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Happy birthday to our fearless leader, head designer, CEO, and mother of Graphic 45!  We are so thankful for Diane’s passion for all things vintage, her eye for style and design, and her willingness to take a risk in business by daring to be different.  Please join us in wishing Diane a happy, happy birthday!  


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To learn more about Diane and Graphic 45 check out this lovely article by


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Birthday Card

By Kathy Clement

"Our eldest son grew up reading everything he could get his hands on.  He especially enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  When it came time to make him his birthday card it seemed like the natural choice to use papers and images from Graphic 45’s Master Detective Collection.  Since his favorite color is green, the wonderful plaid pattern on the B side of the signature page was the perfect choice for the base of his card.


Tip: Go Long!

Changing up the size and shape of a card base doesn’t have to be a major ordeal.  It can be as simple as creating a long, skinny card like this 8.25” x 4.25” top fold card.  Simply score an 8.5” x 11” sheet of black cardstock in half on the long side.  Then fold in half and trim.  


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Tip: Layer it Up!

Layers of designer paper add loads of interest to a card composition.  You can make quick work of this by die cutting the layers from patterned paper.  I lay my dies on my card base to make sure they work well together.  Then I die cut, add foam tabs or waste chipboard to the back of each layer and glue in place.  


Tip: Change Direction

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I cut two different patterned papers with the same die and matted both on black cardstock.  To add interest to the card composition, one pattern is oriented vertically and the other horizontally.  It’s a simple trick but really draws the eye to the focal image.


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Tip: Stick to it!

The focal image on this card is from the Master Detective Sticker sheet.  I chose it because its long, skinny shape echoed the shape of my card base.  After matting the sticker on black cardstock, I trimmed it out into a rectangular shape.  Then I used a ticket stub punch to shape the corners and a small circle punch to shape the sides.  


Tip: Glossy Accents is the best adhesive I’ve found for attaching metals to paper.  I ran a thin bead around the perimeter and a dot in the center, then held in place for a minute.  Let it dry completely for a really secure seal.

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For the interior of the card, I added a border strip and small envelope to the top half of the card.  I also cut down an ephemera card, rounded the corners and matted it on black paper.  This is where I will write my birthday greetings. " ~Kathy

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Other Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Curved Rectangles/Labels 20 Dies
  • Black Cardstock
  • Black and White Houndstooth Plaid Ribbon
  • Small Metal Gears
  • Glossy Accents for attaching metal pieces
  • Scoring tool, Scissors, Adhesive of Choice


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This week’s prize package includes a St Nicholas 12x12 Paper Pad, Tags & Pockets, Staples - Label Holders, Policy Envelopes, Tags, and Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L!  Just leave a comment here and/or Facebook to be entered to win!  Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, September 15th.  


Thanks for joining us today for this very special birthday blog. We are so grateful to Kathy Clement and, of cours, our fearless leader, Diane for everything each of them does for Graphic 45. Feel free to pass on any birthday wishes or birthday card ideas in the comments below and remember today is the last day to enter to win this week's blog prize. We will be back tomorrow with an announcement about the winner and more craft inspiration. 


Happy Papercrafting!

60 Comment(s)

Mathilde S:
09/14/2017, 09:57:00 AM

Happy Birthday Diane,We wish you many more happy,healthy years.Thank you for creating the most beautiful papers! Love yor card Kathy,lots of great details .Always appreciate your tips.

Michele Lewis:
09/14/2017, 10:01:17 AM

First of all _ Happy birthday Diane! Without you, none of this would be possible! Thank you for your wonderful creativity and the products you create!I love this card! I would never have thought about this collection for a Birthday card, but it works superbly!

Cindy Yinger:
09/14/2017, 10:18:39 AM

Love this card and Kathy's tips. I'll have to try it.

09/14/2017, 10:23:41 AM

What a great card! Love the idea is using a large card like that - you can do so much more with it!

09/14/2017, 10:23:41 AM

What a great card! Love the idea is using a large card like that - you can do so much more with it!

denise brown:
09/14/2017, 10:30:18 AM

Happy Birthday Diane...enjoy your special day...

Patty Bigler:
09/14/2017, 10:39:39 AM

Have a very Happy Birthday WEEK Diane! Thank you for the fabulous paper and staples! Love Graphice 45!

rovianne thorpe:
09/14/2017, 10:45:42 AM

Happy Birthday sweet lady. You look marvelous. Thank you so much for all the inspiration

Penny Horne:
09/14/2017, 10:53:33 AM

Happy Birthday Diane!! Hope this day is filled with love and family creating new memories. xo

Judy B:
09/14/2017, 11:05:15 AM

Happy Birthday Diane! Your designs are awesome!! And Kathy Clement did a super job with the Master Detective collection. I am in awe of all the designers who use your beautiful papers and make such wonderful projects! Thanks for all the inspiration you provide. ❤️

Elizabeth Ratliff:
09/14/2017, 12:07:18 PM

Happy Birthday to an awesome creative lady !!

Veronica Roske:
09/14/2017, 12:15:35 PM

Happy Birthday Diane, thank you for being so creative and inspiring to be different!

Yulia Mulyukina:
09/14/2017, 12:18:25 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane! Great card, thank you for the tips, Kathy!

Donna Nuce:
09/14/2017, 12:40:01 PM,

Happy Birthday Diane! You are such a creative lady!

Cecilia Zertuche:
09/14/2017, 12:51:07 PM,

Feliz cumpleaños!!!! I wish you a very happy birthday!! And take this chance to say THANK YOU for your inspiration and creativity that inspire us!! God bless you and this new year in your life, hugs from Cabo San Lucas, México <3

Orlie Severson:
09/14/2017, 12:53:41 PM

Happy Birthday Diane! I have been a Graphic 45 girl for many years now. I look forward to seeing EVERYTHING from all of the Great help. Plus I have made quite a few things from your products over the years. Keep them coming please.

Diane Ragland:
09/14/2017, 01:13:10 PM

Happy, happy birthday from one Diane to another! Best wishes for a lovely day and for a year filled with creative inspiration--your work is always stunning! Thanks to Kathy for creating a terrific masculine card for her son--cards for the men in our lives are usually quite a challenge. Well done!

09/14/2017, 01:14:21 PM

Thank you so much for creating this fabulous company. It is my favourite company. I look forward to each new collection. My all time favourite are your Christmas collections. They make such beautiful Mini books, projects and cards. Have a wonderful birthday and great year.

Martie Rollin:
09/14/2017, 01:16:32 PM

Kathy's instructions are so easy to follow. Her tips are spot on! Very nice project. Happy Birthday!

09/14/2017, 01:25:06 PM

Happy Birthday Diane! Nice job on the birthday card. Kathy really takes this paper and makes a masculine card that anyone would enjoy.

09/14/2017, 01:35:43 PM

Such a creative card. The colors on this paper are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Donna McCaffery:
09/14/2017, 01:39:39 PM

This card is fantastic! Another project to make from this fabulous Master Detective paper!

Karen Martin:
09/14/2017, 01:47:23 PM

First, thank you Kathy for sharing this Birthday card, the ribbon is the perfect touch. Now, Diane, How can we ever thank you enough for bringing Graphic 45 to life? It's such a special brand, I can't help but love the amazing graphics & then sit back & see what your design team will do with them. I think Master Detective is my all-time favorite but Raining Cats & Dogs is a sentimental favorite because I do cat rescue & I love dogs. I have a nephew who loves dogs & I just last Sunday made him an explosion box card using that line. He loved it :-) So thank you for bringing such fun & beauty into our lives & I hope you have an awesome birthday!!

Jean Marmo:
09/14/2017, 01:51:42 PM

Happy Birthday! I always love Kathy's work!!!

Julie Ann:
09/14/2017, 02:07:04 PM

Great card, nice to see the different size used. Also, wishing Diane a happy birthday and thanks for G45.

Mary Lou Kemp:
09/14/2017, 02:10:17 PM

Happy Birthday Diane.....I hope you celebrated this special day with lots of friends and family. Thanks for being the mind behind the most beautiful papers produced for scrapbookers, card makers and crafters. Graphic 45 always manages to take my breath away with every new collection.

Kathy Jo Wood:
09/14/2017, 02:10:18 PM,

Happy Birthday, Diane! Thank you ever so much for Mother of Graphic 45! Your inspiration, beautiful and love of design has inspired so many crafters. Big Birthday Hugs to you!

Katie Spangler:
09/14/2017, 02:28:36 PM

Happy Birthday Diane. I have enjoyed all of the beautiful collections you have given to us.paper crafters. They are perfect for any scrapbooking, card making, album or home decor that I may create. Thank you for your talent .

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Happy birthday Diane, wishing you a wonderful one and many more ahead! Fabulous project for the special moment!

Sally Royal:
09/14/2017, 03:02:22 PM

Going to try this card even though I don't have those dies. Soooo cool!

Glenda Buster:
09/14/2017, 03:09:47 PM

Kathy I love your excellent card today and your tips are awesome! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a very talented lady.

Glenda Buster:
09/14/2017, 03:12:51 PM

Thank you for Graphic 46!!

Sandy Carroll:
09/14/2017, 03:09:59 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane! Love your products and your vision. Beautiful Birthday card shared with us today.

09/14/2017, 03:12:37 PM

Happy birthday Diane! We all benefit from your risk to offer something new and different...and for looking to the past to do just that! Graphic 45 products are still unique and so beautiful!

Lilian Clifton:
09/14/2017, 03:27:49 PM

Happy Born day beautiful lady thank you for the most amazing collections I love them all

09/14/2017, 03:47:33 PM

Have a blessed and happy birthday! You are a very talented lady and I am so happy you decided to share your talent with us.

09/14/2017, 03:55:32 PM

Happy Birthday Diane and thanks for all your wonderful products.

Donna Leutloff:
09/14/2017, 03:57:39 PM

Happy, happy Birthday Diane! Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for all you do to keep us paper peeps happy! (Now today, it's your turn!)

Vanessa LeClear:
09/14/2017, 04:08:03 PM

Kathy's card is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. Wishing Diane a very happy birthday!

Shirley Roach:
09/14/2017, 04:17:48 PM

Happy Birthday and thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely prize. I love all the paper packs but I am especially fond of the Christmas ones.

Sue LD:
09/14/2017, 04:42:30 PM

Happy Birthday Diane. Wonderful embellishments on this card.

Patty Blank:
09/14/2017, 04:58:19 PM

Diane, wishing you the happiest of birthdays. That Sherlock Holmes card is a keeper.

09/14/2017, 06:15:22 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane! Hope your day is delightful. I enjoyed the clever card by Kathy using the Master Detective collection.

09/14/2017, 06:31:05 PM

Happy Birthday to you Diane!! We are all so thrilled that you decided to take a risk and bring us so many wonderful collections! I always recognize Graphic 45 designs immediately, because they are unique and gorgeous!

Sue Kendrick:
09/14/2017, 07:23:45 PM

Happy birthday, Diane! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Natalie Godfrey:
09/14/2017, 08:23:45 PM

Lovely card. The embellishment are so cute.

09/14/2017, 09:12:35 PM

Happy Birthday Diane! Wishing you many more to come.

09/14/2017, 09:39:11 PM

Happy Birthday Diane. Enjoy the day!

09/14/2017, 10:28:38 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane!

cecilia mcculloch:
09/14/2017, 10:47:54 PM, facebook

Happy Birthday Diane, many many more. Love G45.

Kate LeBlanc:
09/14/2017, 10:54:34 PM

Happy, happy birthday Diane! Thank you for bringing Graphic 45 into so many lives! You rock!!

Marlena Hojda-Łuczka:
09/14/2017, 11:02:56 PM

Happy happy birthday :) I"m celebriting too, my birthday was 9.13 :) almost the same time <3 best wishes and lot of inspirations

gemma NORONHA:
09/15/2017, 02:22:04 AM, Graphic 45

What a wonderful card, I love this collection

Arianna Barbara:
09/15/2017, 04:17:21 AM

Happy Birthday Diane!!! Amazing card!!!

Dorothy McCarthy:
09/15/2017, 07:55:13 AM,

Happy Birthday!!!!! Love the card!

Sue MacFall:
09/15/2017, 08:44:26 AM

Just stunning and thank you Kathy, for all the instructions and tips.

Regina HarrisoN:
09/15/2017, 09:37:03 AM

When this detective collection came out I wasn't sure what I would use it for, but thanks to your amazing design team I am well into my 3rd paper pad. Thank you so much for the inspiration:)

Laura Graham:
09/15/2017, 09:44:27 AM

Have a super birthday talented lady! The card is fabulous!

Mary Nagy:
09/15/2017, 06:24:29 PM

Happy birthday Diane. Love your card..

Toni Bettencourt:
09/17/2017, 03:05:29 PM

Happy belated birthday Diane! Thank you for helping to make G45 the extraordinary company it is today. There is no other papercrafting company that can come close to your designs or brilliant colors. I have not purchased any other design paper since I discovered G45.P.S. I still think you should make a larger box than 5x5.

08/26/2018, 01:28:30 PM,

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