My best friend, Li’s younger daughter, Jocelyn – Jocie as we all call her – has the same birthday as moi, December 26. I am exactly thirty years older than she is, so there is no excuse for me to forget her birthday or age, except of course, when I can’t remember my own age. Heh, heh, heh. Anyway, I didn’t forget her birthday, but I didn’t get around to making her a birthday card until after the new year, so I set to work on a much belated birthday card for Jocie over the weekend.
I got this sweet Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page paper punch set featuring a bunch of marching ladybugs late last year and decided it was the perfect time to take them out and make a card with them.
The tricky thing about using these punches with designs that go around the page is lining up the design precisely so that there is no interruption to the pattern. What became clearly apparent with this particular design was that it was much easier to get the running pattern right than with some of the other Punch Around the Page punch sets because there was enough space between each ladybug to allow for slight imperfections in the punching. Some of the patterns in Martha Stewart’s punches are so intricate, that it is very easy to have the designs run into each other and overlap.
The only thing I had to worry about was cutting out a piece of cardstock that was the exact dimensions that would allow the ladybugs to be spaced out correctly, especially the ones on the corners. So I started by cutting out a square piece of red cardstock that measured 5 inch by 5 inch.
I then punched out the corners with the corner punch.
Then I punched the edges with the edge punch.
Aren’t these ladybugs just too stinkin’ cute??
I created the base for my card by cutting out a piece of white cardstock that measured 5-3/8 inch by 10-3/4 inch and folded it in half.
Next, I cut out a square piece of green cardstock that measured 5 inch by 5 inch and a square piece of white cardstock that measured 4 inch by 4 inch. For the white cardstock, I used a pair of scissors to round out the corners. (I don’t have a rounded corner punch).
I now had four pieces of cardstock for my card.
I centered and glued the green layer onto the white card base. Then I adhered the red ladybug layer over the green cardstock, and finished by placing the white layer over the red one. (Sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of all the layers glued together)!
Next, I took some glittery red ribbon, and cut out four 4-inch length pieces and glued them across the front of the card.
I chose this stamp from my collection of birthday sentiments:
I stamped out the sentiment in red onto white cardstock and trimmed it out.
I felt the sentiment was not enough to embellish the center of my card, so I decided to add two felt flowers. They were initially pink in color, but I decided to add some red color to them using a Sharpie marker, to match the red ladybugs and the birthday sentiment.
I added a foam pop dot to the back of my sentiment and adhered it to the center of my card. I finished the card by gluing down the flowers, one on either side of the sentiment.
I was really happy with the way this card turned out and hope Jocie loves it as much as I enjoyed making it :0)
Do you craft with Martha Stewart’s Punch Around the Page punches? What are some of your favorite designs? Please share in the comments.