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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Graphic 45 Supplies:
- Graphic 45 Master Detective 8×8 Paper Collection
- 12 x 12 Collection
- Sticker Sheet
- Ephemera Cards
- Tags and Pockets
- Staples – Antique Brass Door Knockers
- Staples – Clock Key
- 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
This week’s prize package includes a St Nicholas 12×12 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.