I challenged myself to use the papers I had on hand, but allowed myself to purchase a couple of digital download stamps from Some Odd Girl. I am in love with how their files work with my Silhouette cutting machine. I really liked the Mad Hatter Kody file and used it as my inspiration.
Since I was going for a mad hatter look, I went through my papers and found an Alice in Wonderland-themed paper that had been sitting around forever. I pulled out a few solid matching pieces and decided a checkerboard design fits with the Mad Hatter... as long as the checkerboard isn't uniform.
I cut a bunch of 1" squares using my Cricut and glued them along the top 2" inches of a 4"x5" card. I cut 2"x5" rectangles out of my white rabbit paper for the bottom half of the card.
At first I thought I would use the entire Mad Hatter stamp, but I had to shrink it down so much to fit on the card that the image lost some of its affect. I found that if I drew a box in the Silhouette studio, then inserted my image, it would mask the image in the box. It looked so cute I decided to go with it. I used the print and cut feature of my Silhouette to cut out the image, then cut a few more squares to tie everything together.
My least favorite part of making a card is coming up with a sentiment, but I found this rather contemplative one from Lewis Carroll that seemed appropriate for a birthday card: "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." A little heavy, perhaps, but I liked it, so I ran some patterned paper through my printer and voila! A masculine birthday card.
My wedding anniversary is also in July and since I was in a masculine-making-mood, I made my husband an anniversary card. I really wanted to use the Some Odd Girl Squeezey Hugs stamp, but I didn't want to end up with a super saccharine card. I thought for awhile of some way to have the card reflect our nerdy relationship. I thought that maybe some nerdy quote would help tone down the sweetness of the hugging stamp, and I came across this one that I thought was sweet and perfect: "I came across time for you. I love you. I always have." It's just so great. So, I printed that and put it on the inside of my card:
Then, using the same masking trick I did for the mad hatter cards, I printed and colored my stamp:
This is not what my husband and I look like at all. Nor is the fellow in the stamp supposed to be wearing a trench coat. But...I was modeling my colors after the character who said the quote and his love interest. Some pictures that I used for inspiration:
Yep. I made an anniversary card inspired by the 1984 movie, the Terminator.