Mail it Monday | Happy 70th

5:30 PM

Hello everyone, I'm back with a new feature on here that I will call "Mail it Monday". It's all about getting at least some of the cards we make out of the door - in style with a matching envelope!

The card I made for this first installment was commissioned for a dear friend whose dad turned 70 some days ago and she let me have free rein over the design. Supply-wise I went back to an old favorite: Crate Papers Pretty Party collection. It's been deemed a pretty girly collection but mind you, it can be used for man cards, too. Here's how…

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

First up, thumb through your 6x6 pad or other paper stash and pick some coordinating papers. Since this is for a "masculine" card, blues and greens and coordinating yellows are a good bet. When you have a nice variety on hand, pick both small and bigger patterns. It helps to distinguish the individual layers and gives a more textured look.
For the focal point, I need another layer on top and decided to go for a circle to break up the rectangular layers underneath. The numbers and circle were cut with the Silhouette from American Crafts glitter paper and backed with a vellum scrap.
I knew the recipient doesn't speak English so I had to customize the sentiment with a typewriter and then die cut it. For die-cutting, I had used a Studio Calico die from the Penny Arcade card kit. Those are particularly cool because the die extends only a few millimeters beyond the ridge and therefor has an open back enabling you to see through it and exactly position the die where it needs to be.

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

Now for the envelope, I knew it didn't actual have to go through the mail but would be hand delivered. The decor was sparked by the leftover numbers and scraps from card. I punched circles and cut two banner shapes, then layered all over them and sewed the numbers on the top.

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

Finally, I sprinkled everything with Mister Huey gold mist and lined the inside of the envelope with another piece of coordinating paper. It's a great and simple way to use up your patterned paper stash. Here's the finished project:

Happy 70th Birthday card by @pixnglue

Thanks for popping in today! I'll be back soon to share some Studio Calico Poet Society kit sneaks :)

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