Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday we are creating a tall and skinny birthday card with Authentique Imagine.  This collection was released in 2017, and I fell for it immediately.  A soft pink and minty green color palette grabbed me right away.  Then throw in charming carousel images and I’m completely hooked!  If you have this collection in your Closet of Shame, you might want to break it out and have a play.  But even if you don’t, you’ll be able to use the tips and tricks included in this post.

Tall and Skinny Card Basics

Tall and Skinny (or Slimline) cards are a great way to use up narrow strips of designer paper.  This slimline card base measures 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ with a side fold.

  • First, score a 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of white cardstock at 3 3/4″ on the short side to form th card base.
  • Next, mat a 3 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of the carousel horses pattern on a slightly larger panel of white cardstock.
  • Now stitch or adhere  this panel to a 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of the dot patterned paper.
  • Then back the 3×4 image with dimensionals and set aside momentarily.
Stack Your Scraps

Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fishtail banners are also a great way to use up scraps of designer paper.  I cut a big pile of them in various sizes with the off cuts I’d saved from previous projects.

  • Adhere the largest (2 3/4″ x 4″) fishtail banner in the center of the card. M
  • Next center a smaller striped banner and adhere over that.
  • Now use a long skinny strip of green candy stripe paper in the center of that layer.
  • Then adhere a shorter, wider carousel banner flag on the left side.
  • Top this with 3 small pieces.  Stagger the placement so that you can see the cut edge of each pattern.
  • Now adhere the prepared image over the top of the banner flag stack.
  • Finally, create a bow cluster with flowers and ribbon.  Add some vintage corsage pins to the cluster as a finishing touch.
Add Some Details

  • Heat Emboss a Reneabouquets Victorian Snowflake Doily with WOW Vintage Romance Embossing Powder.
  • Next, place dimensionals on the back of the doily and adhere below the image.
  • Top with a few Prima Hydrangea blossoms.
  • Next, adhere a Reneabouquets Lissie Pink Premium Paper Glitter Glass Dragonfly on top of the flowers.

Attach a Prima Rose Quartz Paper Clip embellishment in the upper right hand corner.  Top with a small Prima Fruit Paradise rosebud.

Now wrap the left hand side of the card with Iridescent Metallic String.  Leave the tails long so that you can attach a key and birthday charm and still have enough length to tie a bow.

A Peek Inside

Decorate the inside of the card with designer papers and stickers from the collection.  Add a blank panel for a photo or a note.

TIP:  Sometimes a panel of paper is wide enough…but not long enough!  Fix this problem by adding a pocket at the base of the panel.  Now you have room to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and bookmark.

Now the card is also a gift!

Top the bookmark with ribbon and a charm.

It’s such a good feeling to liberate pretty papers and embellishments from the Closet of Shame!  Why not poke through your crafty stash today and see what older collections and supplies you can transform into lovely card or folio?

To see an older Authentique Imagine project, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




**Note: Throwback Thursday projects are created entirely with older papers and embellishments from my stash.  Sometimes these items are no longer available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible.  I’m sure you can find a reasonable substitute in your own crafty stash. Thanks for understanding!


14 thoughts on “Authentique Imagine Tall and Skinny Birthday Card

  1. Susan Steele

    Oh Kathy …this card is so sweet and fun!!! Luv, luv, luv that focal image on the front of the card! Grandma is really having fun with the youngster! I have never seen these Authentique papers …but they are precious! And of course you’ve just brought them to life! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent yet again! I’m luving these tall and skinny cards! I remember way back when …those were my mother’s favorite kind to buy! Have a great weekend and a Happy Father’s Day to your hubby. Big hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Isabel Gonzalez

    Oh, what a fun card! It has so many beautiful layers and the stiching and buttons and just everything is beautiful, as usual. Take care, my sweet friend! Have an awesome weekend with your hubby and a Happy Father’s Day to him. Hugs xo

  3. Sara Barker

    Kathy, you have worked your magic with your scraps! What great details! I love how you made the charm stand in as your greeting. You make it look so simple, although this card is anything but simple! Thank you for sharing your tips! I love the carousel repeat pattern especially in this collection and the vintage image brought back memories of rides on carousels with my kiddos. Big hugs!

  4. Glenda

    I love everything about this creation my friend! Lots of lovely layers and all topped off with that amazing dragon fly! I may have to copy the size of the card!

  5. MaryH

    Another great inspired, beautiful project! Really like the slim cards. And, I am in love with Reneabouquets products, especially the butterflies and dragonflies. Thanks for always generously sharing your sources.

  6. lynn legge

    hello kathy….the colors and style of this card is beautiful
    beautiful, and different
    stay well friend,
    big ladybug hugs


    What a cute card, with Granny on a Carousel Horse!! Love the Renea’s Dragon Fly – Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Ann Marie Governale

    Love this post. I see a lot of talk snd skinny cards mostly out is the US snd I, too, think they are great for scraps and Different card design. Thanks so much for creating this beautiful version of it. Beautiful!!

  9. Claire Gagne

    Love the card Kathy! Just something about the Carousel that I like. Beautiful papers. Authentique has some lovely papers. Be safe & TYFS

  10. Priscilla Hughs

    Well, if this isn’t the cutest, happiest card, I don’t know what is! Love the layered banners. I make my own but looks like buying a die might be in my future. Lots of leftovers from other projects… I always save..will work for this fun card! Thanks again for delightful ideas!

  11. Helen Budz

    Such a delightful card, Kathy. The focal image on your card front is so sweet–reminiscent of fun times on a carousel. Your bookmark is a great addition to the goodies. As always, a wonderful “throwback”. tfs-Hugs. Stay well.

  12. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, I have this collection but have never used it. NOW I have some great ideas. I admit I”m a paperholic and sometimes wonder if I took up card making just to collect papers. LOL This card is so lovely. Who doesn’t love a merry-go-round? Those images are so nostalgic and beautiful. I love the charms you have added and that beautiful dragonfly. The sweet bookmark tops it all off! Thank you for sharing ! Hugs!

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