Fun Friend, Fun Times, Fun Card

Fun friend fu time fun card

I have a fun friend and we have fun times and I just made him a fun card for his sixtieth birthday. We left this fun friend in California just over three years ago but the friendship (and weather/neighborhood watch reporter) has remained in our lives. His 60th birthday is at the end of this week so this morning I made his card and got it in mailbox before today’s mail delivery.

We moved to Boise Idaho from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern and western California, near Yosemite National Park, in the winter of 2019. Very little snow that year! If you listen to the news you’ll know that California (along with many other areas) has been slammed with inches and feet and more feet of snow this winter. I wanted my card to reflect the weather! So I decided to use my pretty much unused Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper as the focus for Gregory’s card.

I used the *bottom segment* of the top left sheet of this Designer Series Paper because of ALL the snow the community has been receiving.
The community is located in the Stanislaus National Forest and they’ve had more than one foot of snow on an almost daily basis lately. Do you think he’ll see the parallel?
Product List
Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set
Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set
Better Than E-Mail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Better Than E-Mail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad
Embossing Buddy
Embossing Buddy
Paper Snips

This is a surprisingly easy card to make. You can call it a Tall Tri-Fold Card or a “Z” Fold Card. My card base was Garden Green, plus part of the mountainous sheet of the Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper and a bit of Basic White card stock.

  • Garden Green Card Stock: 9 3/4″ wide x 6-1/2″ high (right side) x 2″ high (left side), scored every 3-1/4″
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) just a hair under 3-1/4″ wide.
  • Basic White card stock: 3-1/4″ wide
Sorry for the ‘personal message’. I wanted to get the card into the mail and forgot to stop and photograph it first! Believe it or not the two mountainous panels above were not side by side on the sheet of DSP. The middle panel on the closed card is the image that follows the short panel card ‘front’ image. Bottom line is that it doesn’t much matter! The little triangle on the upper right panel is the reverse piece from the middle panel. Perfect fit and coordination!
  • Each DSP strip is 3-1/4″ wide and a maximum of 6-1/2″ tall. Lay each piece over its proper panel, mark cutting line with a pencil and then cut as appropriate and attach to the panel using liquid glue (or, obviously, the adhesive of your choice).
  • Small piece of Gold Foil: Rub with an Embossing Buddy. Stamp greeting using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with Black Emboss Powder. Shake off excess. Heat gently with Heat Tool until shiny and set. Fussy cut with Paper Snips cutting carefully around the ‘y’. Tuck all of the greeting except the ‘y’ between the Garden Green and DSP layers using a gentle bit of ‘green (liquid) glue’.
  • Stamp your greeting, using Garden Green ink on the Basic White panel. After I had the panel attached I thought it needed a touch of something and decided a pair of pine trees (Gregory does live in the forest!) would do the trick to add that bit of balance.
A few high flying birds were a final addition to this card.

If you have any questions about this card please leave them in a comment below. When I started — and finished it — this morning in less than two hours I was quite stunned. I had dreamt about the trees it before waking but not quite to the degree of the finished card.

Do YOU have a stamp set you’ve purchased but haven’t yet used? Yes, I do too. (Confession: I have more than ONE!) Let’s challenge each other to use these sets. My next post will be something I have had on my shelf. Unused. Let me know what unused stamp set you’re going to pull out and use.

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