What do you create for a friend who has a birthday coming up? Why not a special birthday card like this amazing project Kathy created for the blog where the 7gypsies Ordre du Jour collection is the perfect choice. The pages have such wonderful detail. What an amazing gift to give that will be treasured forever.
Hello, Friends! It’s Kathy from Kathy by Design here to share a fun Ordre du Jour birthday card step-out tutorial with you today. A handmade birthday card is a real treasure! You can tailor the design to match the recipient’s favorite sayings, colors, patterns or style. Tuck in a few little extra “treats” and you have a gorgeous, personal, one of a kind keepsake. Make the card interactive, and you’ve just created a party in a card! How fun is that? The new Gypsy Moments Ordre du Jour papers and ephemera are a card maker’s dream as they are loaded with clever sentiment strips, lovely vintage ephemera, distressed patterns, fussy cutting elements, shabby chic colors and buckets of inspiration. I thought you might like to see how I go about layering elements onto my cards, so I’ve prepared a little step out tutorial to give you a peek inside my creative process. But first, a peek at the finished card.
Can you see why this collection makes me weak in the knees? The background papers are so richly textured and colored and the “extras” are absolutely divine. I’ll show you the inside of the card later on in this post, and I’ll provide a complete supply list at the end. Now, on to the step-out tutorial. You can click on the photos to see a full sized image of the steps.
Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ side fold card base from ivory cardstock. Save the scrap pieces as we will use those later.
Cut a 4 7/8″ x 7 7/8″ rectangle from Ordre du Jour’s “Break the Rules” paper. I used the portion with the vintage ruler on the side. Lightly distress the edges and then ink with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Machine stitch around the edges with cream thread, leaving some loose thread ends intact to add to the shabby/distressed feel of the card.
Distress and ink the edges of a Ordre du Jour Journal Ephemera card. Use a craft knife to cut a slit around the right hand side of the circle from the pink border on the top to the pink border on the left hand side. Stitch the journal card to a panel of ivory burlap and fringe the edges. Spatter with a little Tattered Angels Cornflower Daze Chalkboard Mist.
Fussy cut a pen nib from “Pen & Tell Her.” Ink the edges, and cut a fish tail on the right hand side. Slip the left hand side into the slit in the journal card, and glue down, curving slightly with your fingers.
Use Scor-tape or other strong double sided adhesive to run a strip of Juliet Cream Crochet lace along the top of the larger panel. Tuck the cut ends behind the panel to keep everything neat and tidy. Then center the panel onto the card base and glue down. Use foam adhesive to secure the Journal Card on top, as shown here.
Ink the edges of an Ordre du Jour ATC file folder. Tear out the “Enjoy this Day” sentiment strip from “Pen & Tell Her” and mat onto a piece of pink diamond designer paper from “Break the Rules.” Center on the file folder as seen here.
Open the file folder and tuck the back panel into the slit in the Journal card as seen here. Glue in place, leaving a small unglued area near the top right hand corner of the file folder.
Close the folder and proceed to the next step.
Fussy cut the heart and bird icon from “To & Due” paper. Ink the edges and attach to file folder with foam adhesive. Use a glue dot or glue gun to attach a small rhinestone heart.
Cut the “Feel Blessed” card catalog drawer from “Seize the Day” paper. Ink the edges. Add thin foam strips to bottom and sides to create a pocket inside the file folder as seen here.
Stuff the sentiment strips into the prepared pocket. Cut a 2.25″ x 3.5″ piece of ivory cardstock. Use a corner punch to shape and glue onto the left hand side of the file folder. Use a 3/4″ circle punch to punch out the “Special Day” icon from “To & Due” paper and attach to center of white panel with foam adhesive. You can write a nice personal note here or even tuck a gift card or cash gift or tickets into the pocket.
Use TA Silk Glimmer Mist and Deep Purple Chalkboard Mist to custom dye cream seam binding ribbon. Just spritz onto your craft sheet and dip the ribbon into that lovely inky pool. You can add as much or as little ink as you desire. Then scrunch the ribbon up and heat dry. Tie it into a shabbylicious bow to add to the front of the card.
The finishing touches have been added to this card front. The bow is glued down and topped with a string bow made with white iridescent metallic string and a gorgeous Coral Petaloo Petite Botanica flower. Metallic string was tied around the side of the file folder and a metal bird nest charm was tied on as well. Three more Botanica blossoms were added to the lower right corner, being very careful not to glue the file folder shut! A teeny tiny hinge clip holds the file folder closed. After taking this photo, I went back and cut an icon from the “Go & Be” page. I clipped the corners and punched a hole to turn it into a little tag, then layered the charm on top.
Finishing the inside of a card is almost as fun as the outside.
I used the 8″ x 8″ papers to create fun layers inside the card. Torn, inked edges are always fun. And the lace border adds wonderful vintage texture and charm.
I cut a tag from “Break the Rules” diamond background, then added a sentiment strip and some pretty ephemera along with more string. The tag was spattered with more Cornflower Daze ink and stamped with a sassy birthday sentiment. I love that the “Pen & Tell Her” paper has this vintage telegram image, as it’s the perfect spot to stamp another fun sentiment.
I hope you’ll give this card a try. It’s a great template for any card, really. Just keep the layers and change up the papers and you’ll soon be turning out gorgeous keepsake cards for friends and family alike.
Thanks for stopping by!
- ivory cardstock
- Ordre du Jour “Break the Rules” 12×12 paper
- Ordre du Jour “Seize the Day” 12″ x 12″ paper
- Ordre du Jour “Pen & Tell Her” 12″ x 12″ paper
- Ordre du Jour “To & Due” 12″ x 12″ paper
- Ordre du Jour 8″ x 8″ paper pad
- Ordre du Jour Journal Ephemera
- ATC file folders
- ivory burlap
- Tattered Angels Blue Ribbon Chalkboard Mist
- Cornflower Daze Chalkboard Mist
- Deep Purple Glimmer Mist
- Silk Glimmer Mist