Thursday, November 7, 2013

Riveted Metal Look Birthday Card

I made this card for my friend (and Tichu partner), Martin, in Germany. Unfortunately, he has not yet received it and it's been about 6 weeks. I hope it (and the gift) is just held up in Customs.

The metal panels and birthday typewriter ideas were inspired by Tim Holtz's September 2012 Tag. For the metal panels, I used aluminum metal tape (from the hardware store) on a piece of card stock then embossed it with the Tim Holtz Texture Fades Riveted folder. I swiped acrylic black paint over the piece then wiped it with a paper towel so it would stick mostly in the depressions. The typewriter (seen further below) was done as in the September tag, using the typewriter from the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Vintage Telephone & Typewriter Set.

The card was cut with the Sizzix Pro die: Card, Tri-Shutter. Below is a photo of the front when it is closed. Other dies used on the card include the Impression Obsession die Buttons (the buttons were cut from cork and edged with Distress Ink) and Sizzix Originals Locks die (38-1109). I used Viva Decor Inka Gold in copper to color the lock, distressing it slightly with sandpaper and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. A couple small copper brads create the look of hardware. I bought the key at my local craft store (not sure what brand). The gears and metal sentiment are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection. I dyed a piece of Hug Snug seam binding ribbon using Tim Holtz Antique Bronze Distress Stain then tied it around the metalized card stock with a simple knot.

The calendar stamp is from the Tim Holtz collection at Stampers Anonymous, the CMS035 Calendar II set. I just used some Habanero VersaFine ink to stamp the dot on the 5, highlighting his birth date. The edges of the specialty paper were sanded to show the white core; the other papers were edged with Distress Ink using a foam blending tool. I really like how the card stands up when opened.

Below is my favorite part of the card. I purposly chose this particular section of the patterned paper, showing the card, because we're both board gamers. I love the little typewriter. I used a small alphabet set from the dollar bin at the local craft store to "type" the happy birthday.


  1. This is one of the most amazing card designs I've seen!. I love the metal riveted sections and the overall feel of the card, it's original and really draws you in!

  2. This is a awesome, very unique card. It looks nice on the photos, but it's even better if you get to see and hold the card in real life. First thing you notice that it's really heavy, much heavier than you'd expect a normal card to be. This gives all the metal objects a surprising a kind of realness. The color combinations and the three dimensional effects work great, even before you start unfolding the card. What I also really like is that when you take the card out of the envelope you basically see lock and key. Then the card suddenly unfolds in an unusual way to reveal the other objects and the happy birthday message. Thanks for the best birthday card ever :)


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