Throwback Thursday: G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! What do you do when your creative mojo is running low?  My remedy is to organize my stash.  Inevitably, while I am tidying up the studio or organizing papers, i will find something that jump starts my creativity and before you know it, poof!  I’m back up and running.  That’s what happened with this G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card.   As I was organizing the remnants of this retired collection, I saw a card in the pile, so quick as a wink, I put it together.

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: Lots of Layers

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layering this card up is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper on cream cardstock.  If you like wider borders on your cards, cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
  • Now, layer up scraps of the blue print and the black diamond print.  No size for these…just use what you have in your scraps and trim them so that they fit.
  • Then, adhere a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card on the diagonal.  Adhere the 3 circle icons on the left.
  • Next, trim out the blue tag from another ephemera card. Top this with another sentiment panel, a bow, flower,  and some cute little travel themed charms. Adhere a chipboard tab to the back side of the tag before adding to the base.  You will need to add dimensionals to the back of the tag to level it.
  • Insert a compass brad inside a Tim Holtz Compass Coin and adhere on top of the posies.
  • Add a little border strip.
G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Clearly, I used up a ton of scraps on the inside of this card.  Add pockets and inserts to turn this into a gift.  The little G45 Tag and Pocket combo is a great spot to stash a little cash.

The larger pocket holds a tag that can double as a bookmark.  Note:  this is the same tag design I used on the front.  I just altered it by layering a sentiment panel on top of the original sentiment.  The back of the ephemera card is a great spot to add a personal greeting.

If you need a tutorial for making a pocket on a card, you can check out my Papercrafting 101 Tutorial: Pockets on YouTube.  And if you’d like more ideas for working with this classic G45 Collection, look HERE.   Some of these projects are a great way to use up scraps, too!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!





11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card

  1. karenladd

    oooh, I love this collection and may have to see if it’s still around. It would make great masculine or travel projects and cards. I am impressed that you were able to put it together from left overs!

  2. Diane Shull

    Hi Kathy,
    What a fabulous card! I love the way you use the papers to your advantage the fabulous cut-a-parts, tags, flowers, ribbon and other embellishments. Your sense of design and balance of placement inspires me. I do the same thing when I am low on creativity too. Thanks for the reminder. Thank you also for your wonderful tutorials.
    Now go get your craft on…

  3. Helen

    Thanks for sharing this card, Kathy. Like this idea of going through scraps to get creativity moving. The result is delightful. What a great card for giving a gift to someone planning a trip!

  4. Susan Steele

    Luv your GF45 Cityscapes card and Mini travel album book and the Cityscapes travel folder …luv them all! Been going to get those papers for a while now and you’ve really thrown a craving on me now! Those projects will go good with my new slightly used travel trailer to chart our travels! So in the meantime …I’ll use my other scraps to make these goodies! Luving this throwback Thursdays! Thanks for sharing these. Hugs, Suzy Q

  5. Martie Rollin

    I was fortunate enough to win this collection when G45 used to have a weekly Blog drawing! LOVE THE TRAVEL CHARMS…perfect choice for this most interesting collection!! Thanks for the link…much appreciated! Nice placement of the circle icons. The thin cream layer really makes a big difference on this beautiful card. I’d say your creativity is back in glorious form! Well done!

  6. Priscilla Hughs

    Love this paper collection! I used it a few years ago to make a mini- album for my granddaughter who has “wander lust”! Thank you for a delightful reminder with another of your beautiful cards!

  7. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, this is a fantastic, beautiful card and how wonderful it would be for a world traveler! I love the compass on the front and of course the flowers and perfect ribbon. I feel like I’ve traveled everywhere just by looking at this card! LOL So glad you got your mojo back! Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs!

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