The second olive green mat with the oval is for the inside of the card. You’ll need to cut it down to 4.75″. Using the Cuttlebug and the Happy Birthday folder emboss the mat and set it aside after the edges have been inked.
Tip: This mat will be bigger than the A2 folder. I matched the A2 folder to the side that didn’t get embossed and held it in place with repositionable tape, ran just that side through the CB. I should have taken a picture of that step but didn’t think about it at the time. Just be very observant on where the A2 folder ends on the mat and line it up when you go to emboss the rest of the mat.
Here is the inside mat after it has been embossed.
There is a website called Wordle.net. This website is free and it lets you create “Beautiful Word Clouds”. If you want a word to show up larger than the rest of the words (i.e. Amber), you enter that word in your list more than one time.
So I put in a list of words that I felt described her. Once the “cloud” is made, you can use their format options to change colors and fonts and how the words appear in the cloud.
Once I got it to where it complimented the colors of the card I printed it off on colored cs. I moved the oval around the “word cloud” until I found the best postion that captured the words I wanted diplayed and cut it down to fit the mat. I stitched the finished mat to the inside of the card.
Tip: It would have been better to stitch the mat to another mat and then apply to the inside of the card, that way your stitching would not show on the back. Since, I didn’t think of that before hand, I glued a mustard mat (5″ x 5″) to the back of the card and covered up the stitching. This may seem like it would make the card heavy but it actually helped support the bulkiness of the flower.
Added a small bow so I could tuck a couple of bead encrusted pens to finish off the inside.
Tip: Because I couldn’t get all the words I used in the “word cloud” inside the oval, I printed them off on vellum and glued them to the left side of the card. That way when she opened it up she could see all the words that was used to describe her.
I created an envelope using Paper Wishes Pastel Vellum Papers. I used the pastel orange and then wrote her name and embellished it with a cute bubble bee and some rain dots.
The vellum envelope allows you to see the Sunflower and mutes the colors.
Wow, this is a long tutorial for one card. I have learned that the more detail you do to a card the more instructions it requires. I’m sure I missed something or accidently left something out. So if you try to make this card and have a question, please be sure and let me know if I’ve left something out or it is not clear. I’ll be more than happy to update anything I left out or need to make clearer.
Thanks again for stopping by and let me know what you think. I hope I showed you something new or provided you a tip that makes it a little easier.