I can’t seem to get enough of spring images right now. Every paper I reach for, every ink I choose seems to echo my heart’s longing for spring and flowers and singing birds. So, when a dear friend asked me to create a special birthday card for someone special, I reached for my Tattered Florals Die, crinoline, and Distress Inks. I also reached for this sweet bird stamp, which I absolutely love, but have never used.
Creating the Card Base
I started with 2 blank cards which I joined together by gluing the left hand panel of one card onto the right hand panel of the other card. This will give you a tri-fold card with a very sturdy base. I then covered the front of the card with my designer paper and cut a decorative edge.
The white dots were added by dipping bubble wrap into white acrylic paint, dabbing off on a piece of scrap paper and then “stamping” onto the designer paper. You can find a tutorial on how I created the tattered flower HERE. The bird was stamped and embossed and watercolored.
Tri-Fold Cards are triple the fun!
A tri-fold card is just a step down from being a mini book. Here is the first “page.” You have extra space for personal messages or even to add a photo. A tri-fold card will stand open, on its own for display purposes, too. Click on the photo for a larger image.
A Custom Box for your Tri-Fold Card
The one downside of tri-fold cards is that they rarely fit into a standard envelope. And, when you add a tattered flower to the front of a tri-fold birthday card, it definitely won’t fit into an envelope! The solution? Make a box!
This sweet box was created by cutting two coordinating sheets of heavy cardstock to 8″ x 10 1/2″ . I then used my Top Score tool to create both the box base and lid. (The directions come with the tool.) I decorated the lid with images from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Birds and Blooms and May Arts Ribbon.
Placing the tri-fold birthday card in the box turns it into a gift as well as a card. And the box can be used for keepsakes, or re-gifted!