1.14.2014

Birds of a Feather: Handmade Engagement Card

Birds of a Feather

Last week my sister and her fiancé went on a trip to his home state, California.  While on the Golden Gate Bridge Alex got down on one knee and officially proposed to my sister, Caitlin.  So I of course had to make them a "Congratulations on your engagement!!!!!"  card.

I think this card would work well for any romantic occasion, wether it's a congrats on your engagement or wedding, well wishes for an anniversary or even a Valentine's Day card.  The use of soft pinks and
grays give this particular card a girly feel, but you can use any colors you want, including non-traditional "love colors," because let's face it, pink and red aren't for everyone!  Speaking of, since Ruby is an old collection from MME and it's hard to buy all the elements I used, feel free to use whatever supplies you have on hand!

First I started with a 9 x 6 1/4 inches of smooth cardstock from Bazzill (Almond Cream).  I cut it from a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock using my Fiskars paper trimmer.  I scored it at 4 1/2 inches with my Martha Stewart scoring board and folded it.  This will fit an A6 envelope.  Next I cut out 3 strips of paper from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found III "Ruby" collection at 1 1/4 x 6 inches each.  I adhered these 3 strips to the front of the card.

Birds of a Feather card - front
"Birds of a feather…Love together."  I used Bazzill and Colorbök cardstocks with MME Ruby patterned papers.  
Next I cut out the feather as a shadow using my Silhouette Cameo at 4.325 inches wide with the same Bazzill cardstock as the base of the card.  Then I cut out the feather at the same size using Colorbök cardstock in white.

Detail of the feather, sequins and enamel dots on the front of the card.
Detail of the feather, sequins and MME enamel dots.
I used Ranger Ink's Glossy Accents to adhere some sequins from Craft Medley (Princess mix) to the shadow of the feather.  Next I used a craft knife to slice some pop dots to adhere to the back of the feather and then layer it on top of the feather shadow.  

Next I cut out the scalloped circle using my Cameo at 2 1/2 inches wide with some Recollections Mosaic Memories paper.  Then I used a fun font for the title in the circle and sent it to my printer to print in black ink and then cut the circle with my Cameo at 2.06 inches wide.  I then adhered the circle on the scalloped circle.

Detail of the title and bow on the front of the card.
Detail of the title circles and the bow.
For the finishing touches on the front of the card, I used my Zutter Bow-It-All to create a bow tie bow with some cream colored American Crafts ribbon I bought at Archiver's.  I used Zots to glue down the ribbon with the bow to the right, so there is room for the title.  Once glued down, I used my Imaginisce I-Magicut ribbon cutter to trim the ribbon on the card fold side.  On the other end of the ribbon, I wrapped it around to the inside of the card and glued it down.  It doesn't matter where it ends, it will be covered by another mat on the inside!  I also added 3 gray Ruby enamel dots to the lower right corner of the card.

Now for the inside!  First, using Bazzill Razzleberry Light, I cut out the Love (a Silhouette shape) and heart (that I created) at just under 4 1/2 inches (together).  Next I used white cardstock from Colorbök to cut out two white mats for either side of the inside of the card.  I cut them at 4 1/4 x 6 inches.  

Inside of the card.
Inside the card:  I used MME Ruby stamps and Tim Holtz Distress inks to add some interest to the white mats then added the rest of the saying from the front of the card.  

Before adhering them to the inside of the card, I used two colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink and a two of the Ruby acrylic stamps to add a little interest to the mats.  (Make sure to have a non-stick craft mat on your work surface when stamping!)  I let the stamps go over the edge of the mats so that there's plenty of room for writing a message.  For the larger stamp I used Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and for the smaller stamp I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  

Finally, I wrote the "together" with a black Zig marker and then adhered the Love and heart die cuts.  I then adhered the mats to the inside of the card and then added a little more bling by glueing on a few more sequins to the center of two of the medallion stamps and also one to the heart die cut.  

Now all you have to do is add your own sentiment and spread the love!


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To get you started on this project I've created a Silhouette cut file with the shapes I created, the text and the free scalloped circle that comes with your Silhouette Cameo.  Don't have the "Dandelions in the Spring" font I included?  Download it for free from Urban Fonts. 


List of Products Used:
  • My Mind's Eye:  Lost & Found III "Ruby" - double sided papers in Red Floral and Postcard, acrylic stamps, enamel dots
  • Bazzill:  cardstock - almond cream, razzelberry light
  • Colorbök:  cardstock - white
  • Fiskars:  12 inch LED SureCut Folding Rotary Paper Trimmer
  • Martha Stewart Crafts:  Scoring board
  • Recollections:  Mosaic Memories - script paper
  • Craft Medley:  Cup Sequins - princess mix
  • American Crafts:  cream colored ribbon
  • Zutter:  Bow-It-All
  • Imaginisce:  I-Magicut ribbon cutter
  • Ranger Ink:  Glossy Accents (as adhesive)
  • Tim Holtz:  Distress Ink - victorian velvet, pumice stone
  • Zig:  Writer - black
  • Adhesives:  pop dots, Zots
  • Other:  printer and black ink

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Happy crafting!
Adrienne