Beginnings of a Birthday Card

Today since I’m off work, I plan to get lots of things done around the house…. AND my mother in law’s birthday card. I originally saw this card idea by Jacqueline DeGroot on Pintrest, pinned, repinned and copied about a million times, but I was finally able to get the original source, (although unable to find it on her blog).

This is my inspiration:

And here’s what I’m going with:
I hope my mother in law likes it! Now, if I only had some spanish sentiment stamps! 

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The Wrong Way to Weld A Card

A lot of what I am learning is trial and error because though I do watch tutorials, I don’t always check them 24/7 and figure I can do it myself, only to waste a good piece of card stock cutting out an outline of a cupcake card that is clearly not going to fold correctly.

I do not have a good sense of visual/spatial alignment, clearly, because later, after cutting this out, and folding, I realized, DUH, they need to be mirror images of each other.

I still haven’t made the correct one, and may not have time this evening, but I thought I’d post this as an example of what not to do. For the future, I’ll be cutting first on a piece of scrap or copy paper before cutting my valuable cardstock. DOH!

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Cameo Pop Up I Heart U Card

For my second project, I got really ambitious. I had seen this adorable card on Pintrest, and LOVED the modern lines and look of the card, since I am not a big frilly kind of girl. Since I had never used the Silhouette Design Studio to make anything from scratch, I copied it exactly and attempted to use a font I liked and heart in my files.

Its just to learn, so hopefully I don’t get sued by the original maker. Let me just say, it took me FOREVER. I assumed such simple shapes would take maybe 20 minutes to layout, and then cut. Boy was I wrong!

It was really intricate to get the paths broken for the lines I wanted cut, vs. the lines I wanted perforated when you use a font. If you check out the original Pin (the link I posted above), you’ll see the original design shows where to cut and where to perforate, HOWEVER, using a machine, this wasn’t that easy I had to release a lot of compound paths to get just the top straight lines, or bottom curves of the i and u. The heart was just welded together with the letters, so nothing too crazy there.

Finally I got it to work, and learned the lesson of having to move up an object that’s going to be popping up to line it up correctly with the middle of the card (You can sort of see the missing 3/4 inches at the top of the card- whoops).

I also learned the lesson of not being able to use tacky glue (a small bottle I bought when I bought card stock to use my first time) for gluing paper. It totally warped the card and made it unusable for giving to anyone, but I can’t bear to throw it away since it was my first REAL card (hoarding symptom?). I should have been better prepared! Yesterday I went straight to Michaels and got double sided adhesive, glue dots, and a pack of glue sticks, and made the PERFECT Valentine’s Day card for my husband (coming soon).

I am SURE there is an easier way to do this card (like buying a pre-designed template), but I wanted to go for it, and now that I know the concepts behind it, I think the next round will be much easier if I do this again!