I started out crafting by making cards for my friends and family, and over the years, as I have taken on all kinds of crafty projects, my card making has become less and less. But every now and then, my card making urge comes back, especially if I get a sudden inspiration, as was the case recently when I came across this magazine ad of Boo the Pomeranian:
I was initially going to save it in my stash of images for my collage art, but decided it could be used to make a greeting card, and I had the perfect recipient in mind – my friend and hairdresser, Eva, who first told me about Boo and how he became famous. (Incidentally, the salon that Eva works in is a very short distance from the dog grooming place that Boo got his famous cut).
So what made this image perfect for a card? Well, the bottoms of Boo’s legs are in a straight line, which would help the card stand upright. Plus the top of his head is pretty flat, not in an absolute straight line like his paws, but I could make it straight to accommodate a fold for the card.
The first thing I did was glue the image onto a sheet of card stock using Yes! paste. The cardstock I used was in a mottled off white color.
After the glue had completely dried, I took another sheet of cardstock and stacked it underneath the one with the image and fussy-cut out the image of Boo, making sure to cut a tab at the top of Boo’s head.
The tab – only one was needed – was for adhering the two pieces of cardstock together.
To create the flat top for the card, I scored straight across Boo’s head, at the base of the tab and folded the tab back.
I used the folded top of this front piece as a guide to cut off the tab on the back piece of cardstock.
I applied some paste to the back of the tab and glued it to the back of the other piece of cut cardstock.
To hide the tab, I glued a piece of floral Japanese chiyogami washi paper to the back of my card.
After the glue had dried completely, I carefully trimmed off the excess.
For the sentiment, I punched out a piece of olive green cardstock using my round punch to create a tag, added a plastic yellow crystal as an accent, wrote out “Happy Birthday!”, and glued the tag to Boo’s necklace.
My Boo birthday card, all completed:
Even Boo himself approved!
So did Eva :0)