When I need a layout, I often go to the Mojo Monday archives for some inspiration. I needed a layout for a custom 50th birthday card and I wanted to keep the paper as the main focal point of the card. I only needed a small section for the sentiment, and maybe to put the “50” on the front of the card. A quick look at the archives and #136 was the one I wanted to use.
The only request from the customer (aside from the personalized messages) was to make the card bright. So naturally, I reached for more of My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy paper ( I will be very sad when I run out). The card base is Crumb Cake, and layered Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron. I distressed the edges with Crumb Cake ink. Once again, I printed the “50” on the computer and then used some Martha Stewart glitter in Copper to make it stand out. A quick spray with the acrylic sealer ensures the glitter will stay on the card and not shake off.
I recently purchased some wide So Saffron grosgrain ribbon from the clearance rack at SU.com; while the ribbon is sometimes hard to make bows with, it worked great for this card. I adhered the straight piece around the card first, then cut a smaller second piece of ribbon, sewed it in the middle, then added the Basic Grey orange button. I like the quasi-bow look.
I used my favourite Martha Stewart scallop border punch for where the sentiment was going to be placed. I printed the sentiment on the computer, then cut it out with a nestibilities label die. An ivory flower from my stash, and some adhesive rhinestones and it finished the card quite well. I lined the envelope to complete the look. The finished card measures 5.5” square. I’ve made sure I have a good stock of 6” square envelopes because I’ve really liked making the larger, square cards.