Happy Friday, one and all! Can’t believe we are at the end of another week…and almost at the end of August. Today, I have another family birthday card to share with you. This one is a denim pocket birthday card. Being a child of the 70’s, denim is my fabric of choice. Nothing feels so good as a well-worn pair of jeans. The denim is all soft and easy to wear, the color goes with everything and wearing them just makes you feel good. So, when I found this fun paper pad from Authentique, I knew I had to have it. Every single page features denim in one form or another. For today’s card, I chose the denim pocket page, along with some pinstripes and the diamond geometric page. Here’s the deets:
Building the base of your Denim Pocket Card
This card began with a 6×6 card base built from dark brown cardstock. The edges were distressed. Then, a 5 7/8″x 5 7/8″ piece of the pinstripe paper was cut, stitched with a messy stitching technique and heavily distressed. I wanted that authentic frayed jean feel. The cool thing is that all the distressing made the paper feel a bit like cloth. When I gave the card to our son, he commented on the fact that it didn’t look or feel like paper. Distressing! Gotta love it!
Pick a Pocket
I cut the denim pocket from the denim pocket page. I also cut out the jeans label and a slightly larger square of plain denim blue paper. I stitched the label onto the pocket, then stitched all the way around the pocket and, you guessed it…distressed the edges! Once I added a brass brad as a pocket button, it was popped up on foam tape and added to the denim square which had also been distressed and stitched.The cool thing is, that by using the foam tape, you can actually tuck a gift card or cash into the pocket. Which is what we did… and it looked so cool!
A Denim Birthday Banner
I cut my banner from the diamond geometric page of the pack and inked around the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink…what else could I possibly use? I simply cut around the tops and bottoms of a row of diamonds (the grommets were actually between each piece…how cool is that?) Then I adhered them to my base paper with foam tape. The little stickers were part of the paper pack, so that was easy, too. I used a piece of brown corrugated cardstock as the base for the word “birthday” The brown “tag” in the lower right hand corner was cut from the side of the pocket and used as a mat for the rest of the sentiment.
Inside the Denim Pocket Birthday Card
Please excuse my hand. I had written a personal note to our son…and didn’t want to share it with the world. But I did want you to see the inside of the card. Another pocket, this one cut from the 6×6 paper pad. It was glued down on three sides, his age was added in the corner, and the candles were individually stamped, colored and stuffed into the pocket. Finishing the inside of a card is easy if you bring elements from the outside of the card to the inside, as I have done here. Try it!
Custom Envelope for a dimensional card
Here’s the custom envelope I created to hold the card. I needed to make a dimensional envelope to house this very dimensional card. The paper was double sided, so I didn’t have to line it. Bonus!
One of a kind….
I love making these one of a kind cards for our family members. It’s such a neat way to personalize an occasion. Drew is our middle son, born 6 weeks early and nearly tiny enough to fit into a pocket. He was my jeans and T-shirt kid, so this was the perfect card for his birthday. Hard to believe that he is now 29…and over 6 feet tall! His life has brought us such joy. Do you create special cards for your friends and family on their birthdays? What type of card do you tend to create the most? I’d love to know.
And that’s it for me today, folks! Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog. I hope you were inspired or found an idea here that you can use in your own creations. I love it when my readers tell me they’ve created something based on a project they saw here. Some of them even send me photos of the finished projects. And that makes me happy…right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time…