Happy Birthday


This card took me for a walk back to almost the beginning of my cardmaking. It was this style card that I loved to do, but yes, a tad time consuming. The results though, so worth it.

But, first things first. It is March 22nd and that means it is time for Random Act of Cardness Day 22, which is Side Fold Card, shown above. But, I also have a Giveaway for you today. We have been celebrating Scrap'n Stamps 13th Birthday all month long, and with Birthdays come presents. 

Scrap'n Stamp asked me if I would like to do a giveaway and if so to pick a gift that I would like to give away, and being as it is a Birthday celebration I picked this Balloon Bouquet Stamp and Die set from My Favorite Things. It doesn't get much better than this, and many thanks go out to Scrap'n Stamp for this beautiful gift, which has a combined value pre taxes of $51.50!

 It is very easy to enter, just leave me a comment on this post, or on the corresponding post I have written on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog. At month end I will combine the comments and randomly pick a winner. It is that easy.

Moving on to my card for today, this is a Side Folded Card. I have not made one before, but it certainly was fun and definitely one I will do again. I love that with this design the result gives you a square to work with that is 4 1/4 inches square.

Just left of the bunny is the fold that has been done. You need a 4 1/4 inch x 11 inch piece of cardstock for your base. I used Kraft card for this card. Using your scoring tool, score at 4.25 and again at 5.5 inches. Follow the instructions in the picture below. The card bottom is 5.5, as the card top will be except part of the top is glued to the back. Make sense?

You can punch the holes for your ribbon if you wish. I prefer to do this as I don't like it when my base is off kilter, it makes the card sit funny. 

I decided to use designer paper for my card. This paper is from my stash, and it is still available at Frantic Stamper and other places. In the pack there are several choices that all coordinate together. I used the fence style on my card front along with a floral pattern for the side bar.

Inside I used the same floral pattern along with the left over bit that I cut from the front piece. No waste here! I stamped the Happy Birthday seen here using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze. The sentiment is from the same stamp set that I used on the front.

I glued all the papers in place, then on the 4.25 square I stamped the bunny using VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone. Using my Copic E57, I coloured the image. I then stamped the same image on Hammermill 100lb card. This is beautiful card for Copic colouring, which is what I proceeded to do. For the Bunny, moving dark to light I used E57, E43 and E41, doing 3 layers for good saturation.  

For the balloon I used, dark to light, R32, R21, R02, doing 2 layers. I added R20 to the Bunny's cheeks. I then fussy cut the piece ignoring the balloon string, and cutting around his hand. I also did not cut out the whiskers as they were stamped with the under stamping. I also fussy cut the balloon out.

The bunny and balloon are attached using foam squares. You can see the dimension this gives the bunny and the overall card.

I cut the slots for the ribbon, a bit too big, but that is okay. The ribbon is particularly pretty, with a sheen of sparkle in it. I wrapped it around the side panel twice and formed a bow.  To finish up I added a few sequins, and white gel pen to the balloon. 

I enjoyed making this card a lot. I hope you too will give this style a go and have fun with it. 

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  1. I love love love your side folded card. Thanks for the instructions. Thanks for the opportunity to win, too.

  2. Love your beautiful card. The papers are so perfect. Thanks for your inspiration.

  3. Kia, your card is absolutely darling! The patterned paper is the perfect stage for your 'star': the sweet bunny with his balloon! Adorable, smile-making and incredibly sweet! Decorating the inside and adding the ribbon really creates a WOW impact! Thank you, too, for the details on creating the side-fold; something I'll aim to try to shift from my 'usual' basic side/top folds.

  4. I love this and every one you post. Love your work.

  5. Beautiful papers and colors! Love this adorable bunny with the balloon! Pretty side folded card format with a lovely bow for embellishment!

  6. It is a beautiful card and I love the orange bow. That bunny is just irresistible! Hooray forBirthday giveaway!

  7. What a unique fold and darling card! I love the vintage look!

  8. Marisela Delgado said: Just beautiful, Kia! So lovely. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

  9. love your card....I love making the side folds too! well done
    x Karen

  10. I love the patterned papers on this beautiful card. Wow the balloon die and stamp would be lovely Thanks for the chance! This fun fold mystifies me, would love to see a video. That little triangle on the bottom holds it up? Super cute card!


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