Thursday, March 14, 2013

Graphic Green Birthday Card

I saw this great sketch on Nicole Heady's blog last month and knew I just had to try it. I love the clean graphic lines. At first glance it looks relatively simple but it isn't as straight forward as it looks. After checking out some of the challenge submissions on Nicole's blog I found that others had some difficulties as well, so I have included a picture tutorial below for the way that I tackled the angles on this card.

I am entering this card in Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday - 'Go Green' challenge and the Heart2Heart 'Go Green' challenge.

Nicole's sketch

1) Cut 3 pieces of paper 1/2" wide x 12" long and glue onto a sheet of copy paper (or cardstock), squaring them up along the long edge making sure to apply glue to the entire back of each piece.

2) Trim the excess paper from the strip as shown below. Cut a card base 4 1/4" h x 5 1/2" w with the fold at the top. Draw a light pencil line 1 1/2" from the left edge of the card base in the lower half of the card. (I did this on a scrap so that I could make the line darker and write the dimensions for you).

 3) Lay your pattern strip onto the card base as shown below, lining the top edge with the top right corner of the card base and the left edge of the pattern strip so that the bottom left corner of the strip touches the bottom of the card base at the point where your pencil line meets the bottom edge. Mark your strip with pencil marks at all points shown in picture below. Using your paper trimmer or a ruler and kraft knife, trim the strip at each end using the pencil marks as a guide.

4) You will now have two pieces of your pattern strip as pictured below. The piece on the right is the piece you cut above and the piece pictured on the left is what was left over. Line the pieces up as seen below and then flip the left piece on top of the right, right sides facing each other.

5) Holding the two pieces together, flip them over and use the top piece as a template to cut the angle for the other piece (make sure to keep the long edges aligned).

6) Adhere both pieces to your card and trim the left strip matching the angles at your pencil mark. Erase any pencil marks showing.

Supplies: Card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (All supplies CTMH except where noted)
Paper - For Always, White Daisy, Pear, Black CS
Stamp - Perfect Fit Birthday, Card Chatter Birthday (for inside)
Ink - Pear
Accessories - Black Waxy Flax, black buttons (fabric store)
Other - 1 1/4" punch, Std Circles Lg (Spellbinders)


  1. I love it he clean lines! Thank you for the tutorial.

  2. Great card, love the bold colors! Thanks for playing with us at H2H!

  3. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your instructions as well as for playing along with H2H this week!

  4. Super COOL layout. Especially love it accentuated with the buttons. Thanks for joining us at the Timeless Tuesday challenge. :)

  5. What an awesome way to use the zip strips and scraps! Great take on that sketch! Thanks so much for going green with us @ H2H!

  6. What an awesome way to use the zip strips and scraps! Great take on that sketch! Thanks so much for going green with us @ H2H!

  7. What a wonderful tutorial on how to get that perfect fit! I love your card...the graphic look is fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along in the Timeless Tuesday challenge with us!

  8. Oh this is awesome Connie! What a great use of those angles and the graphic feel to the colors and patterns too!

  9. Ooo... what a fabulous card Connie! Totally in love with your colours and design! Thanks for joining us at Flourishes for our "Timeless Tuesday Challenge"!

  10. I love the way this turned out--the clean design, the colors and patterns you chose. Thank you for showing how you made it.


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