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This card took two or three pages (I forget) of Close To My Heart Skylark paper. It's not one of my favorites, but I had a few of them & since I thought my sister may like it, I didn't mind using the two (or three, I forget) sheets necessary to make this card. I do think it turned out quite nice.
I also used two new tools for this card. I've had both for a few months but had not taken the time to acquaint myself with them & use them. They are Hot Off The Press "1000 Card Quotes" cd I got from Amazon as well as Serif CraftArtist 2 that I got from QVC. I will review these items later. But in a nutshell, I think the HOTP cd is ok but generally pretty lame. Basically, it appears it's several PDFs that you print out & then cut the sentiments, verses & design elements & adhere them to your card. OTOH, CraftArtist2 seems to be a "grown up" successor to the Hallmark and/or American Greetings CreateACard app that I've used for about 20 years to make my computer generated greeting cards. But more on these later.
I cut one piece of Skylark paper to 8 1/2 x 11 inches & folded it over so the green/white side was out & left the chevron "selvage" & so that it was a horzontal/tent fold. I layered a piece cut from another Skylark paper over that but with the chevron selvage showing (on the bottom layer/card base) as well as ~1/2 inch at the top of the green/white print. This new layer had the bird side showing. I stamped "Happy Birthday" with the CTMH Art Philosophy Celebration stamp set (D1497) & CTMH Lagoon ink. Then I cut the partial tag out from a piece of Skylark paper, layered that on the front, stamped the "To:" (same CTMH stamp set & ink) & wrote "My Sister". (Based upon my ikky handwriting, you can see why I prefer to use a computer or stamps rather than handwriting!). I already had the birdcage that was cut from a Spring Fling paper pack from two years ago with Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary die. Adhered it with pop dots & added a couple of CTMH gold, durable triangles, under the bird cage.
For the inside, since I like to trim the "liner" to be a bit shorter than the card base on all sides. But since I used left the chevron selvage on the outside of the card, I cut the chevron selvage from another piece of Skylark paper & used it to cover the selvage on the inside of the card base.
For the liner, I used this digital paper, which exactly matched the blue in the Skylark paper:
I found this sentiment from HOTP CD & made it my own in CraftArtist2. The fonts I used:
- Salsa Mangos BTN Lt
- Marlin Thin
- Tw Cen MT Condensed
- Tropicali Script BTN Bamboo
The top inside is an Anna Griffin die cut from the green/white side of a piece of Skylark paper.