Sunday, January 6, 2013

Calendar Birthday Card

This card is for a special January birthday 'boy' so I thought it would be nice to include a small calendar that he could use.  Luckily, Ben Franklin Crafts had sheets of 2013 calendars for a REALLY good price (10 sheets with two calendars for a DOLLAR!) so it was an easy, inexpensive job to make the mini calendar using a Martha Stewart anywhere punch (square with scalloped edge). I started the card by cutting the base from a 12x12 Black and Kraft cardstock from Canvas Corp. using the Sizzix card base die (the one that can be used to insert various pop-up designs).  The front of the card was folded in half to form the stand-up part of the card.  On the front of the card the stars were cut from Sn@p! color vibe 6x6 sheets using a Sizzix thin die from a set, and stamped with Hero Arts words.  The quote in the upper right hand side of the card front was cut from a sheet of 12x12 cardstock from Graphic 45  Kraft Reflection Collection.  It says, "The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it".  These words seem apropos for the birthday card recipient because he spends lots of time doing volunteer and foundation work.
The inside of the card was decorated with a piece of cardstock cut from a 12x12 sheet of Authentique "Richness" Paper, Darice Months Distressed Washi Tape, impressed sticker words (from my stash but can be made with a Dymo label maker) and a Tim Holtz game token.  Because the TIME panel and washi tape form a pocket, a secret letter or gift card can be inserted for an extra surprise.
Once the card is folded to stand up, the game token (which was chosen because of the birthday person's age) is used to hold it in place.  The reason I tied American Crafts twine around the fold of the card is because I wasn't sure if the recipient would want to hang the calendar or stand it up on his desk.  Pretend that the twine is yellow striped because that's what I thought I used until I looked at the photos....that's what happens when you work at dusk and don't turn on the lights (LOL)...anyhoo, no biggie 'cuz the AC package has 24 assorted color rolls in it so I'll change the twine color later.

As a final touch to personalize the birthday card, I stamped an Inkadinkado stamp on computer paper, cut it out and adhered it to the back of the card.  The card's recipient is a retailer so I think the stamp is perfect for him.  I guess some of you have figured out who the birthday'boy' is and know that the time spent of this card was well worth it.  I hope you'll make some calendar birthday cards for those special ones in your life.  Thank you for stopping here and please visit again for more ideas.  You can find all the supplies shown here at your nearest Ben Franklin Crafts store in Hawaii.


Cheryl said...

Great idea for a man card! You've been busy making a ton of cards. Wish I had a little more time to play with my craft supplies.

Cami said...

This is a really great birthday card/calendar for a "guy" as there aren't too many masculine prints around and you've done a great job. I don't make "guy" cards because I can't stay away from ribbons and flowers LOL!

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Bet the birthday boy will love this calendar. Great "guy" prints. Have a super week.

Unknown said...

I Love this manly calender! it's always nice to find some inspiration to make things for men. I usually have such a hard time. thank you for sharing.

Annette Allen said...

what a fun idea...i love that you added a clever and perfect for those January birthdays.. Can't wait to meet you this weekend..

Joy said...

Greatcard and he can use it all year long! wonderful!