A Transparent Birthday Card (using some recycled items!)
My hubby’s birthday is coming up on Monday, and I found a couple of challenges to help me with inspiration for his card!
The first challenge I’m linking up to is the Make The Day Special Stamp Store January challenge to Recycle. You have to use at least one item that they have in the store, and use something you would be throwing away / recycling as part of your project (or as part of the technique when making it).
The second challenge is the Mixed Media Card Challenge #7 to use the word ‘New’ either as a word on your card or by using a new technique, etc, with the optional extra to use tissue.
Here’s how to make this card…
Step 1: Find some plastic / a transparency for the clear parts of the card. I found the plastic front off a box headed for the recycling. It was packaging from a doll my daughter received at Christmas:
I cut a clear rectangle out of it, but then I realised I wanted the back of the card to be transparent too, so I found another box, this time from a car seat cover:
You should end up with two pieces of transparent plastic, each measuring 5 x 5.5″:
Step 2: Take a 6×6″ kraft card blank and use a pencil to mark a large rectangle on the inside of each side, measuring 4⅝ x 3⅝”- you are leaving enough space around the edges to stick the plastic to:
Step 3: Cut these two large rectangles out with a craft knife, and erase the pencil marks inside your card:
Stick this inside your card, on the rectangle which will be the front of your card, using double-sided sticky tape. Stick the other plain piece of plastic to the back rectangle of the card.
Step 5: Find some stubby bits of candle that are too short to use on a cake. Mine are just under 1″ tall:
Step 6: Stick these to the front of your card, using hot glue underneath the candles, and some double-sided sticky tape over the front of the candles. Also find a piece of silver card, mine’s from a packet of Christmas-crackers:
Step 7: Cut the silver piece down to a rectangle measuring 2⅛ x 1⅜”, round the top corners, and stick some glitter tape across the middle. Stick a piece of patterned paper (measuring 1⅛ x 6″) at the bottom of the front of your card. Adhere the silver rectangle on top of the candles on the front of your card, using the double-sided tape that’s already on the candles, plus some 3D foam pop-dots at the bottom of the cake – you’ll need to layer up the pop-dots a few deep depending on how thick your candles are:
Step 8: The back of the candles might look a little messy from the hot glue:
Step 9: So you could use some glossy accents and glitter on the other side of the plastic to cover it up:
Step 10: Use washi tape to hide the double-sided tape at the edges of the transparencies:
Step 11: Stick a plain piece of card at the bottom of the inner-back of your card, so you have a place to write on. You could also stamp a few swirls at the top of the plastic, and some little stars on the piece of plain card (my stars are from the Joy To The World Stamp Set):
Step 12: Find a piece of yellow tissue paper, or colour a white piece of tissue paper with yellow ink:
Step 13: Scrunch up little bits of the tissue paper as flames, and use a tiny dab of hot glue at the top of each candle wick to stick them on:
Step 14: Finish off the card with a few more stamped stars on the front corners, and add a few star stickers and gems:
Give it to someone to make their birthday special! This card is pretty thick because of the candles, so it’s best for hand deliveries or cards going into a parcel!
How I met the Make The Day Special Stamp Store ‘Recycling’ Challenge: Using plastic packaging, silver card packaging, stubby candles, and a scrap of tissue paper.
How I met the Mixed Media Card ‘New’ Challenge: I’ve never made a transparent card before, and I’ve never used candles on a card! I also used the optional extra – tissue.
Make sure you check out the challenges to see more inspiration!
Have you ever made a transparent card before? Do you ever use recycled items on your projects?
Bye for now, Jennifer x