Thursday, June 30, 2011

Friends with Flair....shhh.... a little early....

I'm determined not to miss posting on Unity's Friends with Flair Friday so here I am, early this time.

After decades of racking our gift-giving brains, my family seems to have come to the conclusion that gift cards and cash are the most fun. I try to design my cards around that thought sometimes. So in honor of my middle brother's 50th, a Ulysses S. Grant bill is tucked into his card in a fun way. Here's how.

I started by stamping my Unity wood slide postcard stamp on a parchment looking paper from DCWV's Once Upon a Time Stack. I then embellished it with two stamps from the June '11 KOTM (All Smiles): the cancelled stamp and the "sending wishes" block.


The fun part came from cutting out the inside of the cancelled stamp. By using foam tape only around three of the back edges of my postcard, I could insert a precisely folded bill back there so that Ulysses' face peeks out of the hole and he appears to be the stamp. The dilemma was what would happen once my bro removed the bill? I didn't want an empty space to show so I positioned more of my K&Co patterned paper underneath so that another postal stamp image would appear once Ulysses was gone, like so:


In keeping with the postal theme, I used a little twine on the lower panel of my easel card so it looks like a package. Adding the bevy of small butterflies from the Nov '10 KOTM (Picture Perfect) and the larger butterfly from the March '11 KOTM (Just You) gave a little more interest to the scene and, what do you know, now the card qualifies for the All Things Unity Challenge #34... *smile*

This weekend, I wish you packages tied up with string and a fun-filled holiday!

Cindy (aka Scrapcollectr)


22 comments:

lynn said...

he'll love it, cindy!

Anne said...

What a great, unique card idea! I LOVE how you have Ulysses peeking out just like a stamp:) Great idea to have a second stamp in place when the bill comes out. I'm sure your brother will love it!!

Eva said...

What a great idea, and it came out just perfect. This is super cute and creative too.

jennifer mitten said...

What a fabulous idea! I love that stamp cancel...

Laura /sandytoz said...

Very nice, Cindy!
What a great idea!

Jingle said...

This is absolutely FABULOUS! What a great idea and a really fantastic card!

sharon g said...

Oh man, I love that card!!!

Houses Built of Cards said...

This is AMAZING!!! I love how it came out!!!

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Angie said...

What a creative card! Love every bit of it.

Tenia Nelson said...

What wonderful projects!!! tfs!!!

Jillisgram said...

Very vintage. I like this card a lot!

Ruby said...

Love the design of this card.

dclouser said...

What a great card! You are truly talented!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Thank you for your kind comments on Wed, it was much appreciated by this nervous blogger! I love the postcard you've done, they look like amazing :) I don't know how you have the patience xx

marilyn said...

What a wonderful card. LOVE it!

Kary said...

Hi Cindy! I LOVE your card!! So clever, and beautiful. I'm positive your brother will love the card made with so much thought and love. {hugs}

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHH! What a fab card--love the postal theme!

Lydia said...

Whoa - I love this!!!

Rebecca said...

look at all the details! This is amazing! I'm in awe of the folded dollar bill and what's behind it - genius!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I love all things postal.

Alice Wertz said...

love the details. very pretty card!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH! Another fabulous easel card--love the layering and the little butterfly! What a great card!! Thanks for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at ATU:}