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Celebrate : Last-Minute Birthday Cards

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Tonight I'm going to a birthday picnic in the park for two old friends of mine whose birthdays are this week, Carrie and Ana. As usual, I'm in a scramble to make something to give them, so I've turned to my never-fail birthday card which I've made a zillion variations of over the years. All you need is a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper, a craft knife (actually not essential if you keep it simple!), some other bits of paper (also not essential!), and a pen. I've made these in desperate situations with nothing but pen and paper and really have it down to a science, I must say. I made them little matching cards, since they are best friends and I don't think they'll mind! See below.

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start by folding a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper horizontally and vertically

1 start by folding a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper horizontally and vertically

then make 2 more horizontal fold as shown, by folding the 2 halves into quarters

2 then make 2 more horizontal fold as shown, by folding the 2 halves into quarters

use a craft knife to cut along the central fold, but only between the 2nd and 3rd folded panels. It sounds complicated but isn't, see above!

3 use a craft knife to cut along the central fold, but only between the 2nd and 3rd folded panels. It sounds complicated but isn't, see above!

fold the paper outward so the panels line up as above

4 fold the paper outward so the panels line up as above

then press all panels together so you make a little 4 page book

5 then press all panels together so you make a little 4 page book

here are the fronts of both cards, I used a rubber stamp and a white gel pen...

6 here are the fronts of both cards, I used a rubber stamp and a white gel pen...

first page of the cards has a simple pop-up, made by making 2 horizontal cuts. (a card within a card!)

7 first page of the cards has a simple pop-up, made by making 2 horizontal cuts. (a card within a card!)

another pop-up with paper hearts glues in

8 another pop-up with paper hearts glues in

the last page- I cut out the balloons with a craft knife and lined the back of the page with contrasting paper...
Done!

9 the last page- I cut out the balloons with a craft knife and lined the back of the page with contrasting paper... Done!

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Comments (1)

  • Such a cool idea to have a "stand by" template for any occasion!

    Nothing like a lovingly handmade card!! :)

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