A few months ago, a friend text me to tell me some very exciting news: she and her husband were expecting their first child!! My husband and I were in the car on our way to a child’s first birthday party when we got the news and we sent this in reply, to convey our excitement. We were sworn to secrecy and once she announced her wonderful news on Facebook, it was time to make her a card I’d designed in my head. I have a big orange, fluffy kitty and my friend and her husband have a cat named Curry and a kitten named Cheddar and both are golden-orange. What can I say? We love orange cats!
I sketch out card ideas in the Penultimate iPad app sometimes. I would rather sketch on paper, but I don’t carry the same notebook with me, so it’s hard to find illustrations, designs and ideas again later if I don’t put them all in one place – and if I misplace the notebook. Penultimate syncs with Evernote, so I have my sketches everywhere I go. The problem is, my hand drags across the screen when I draw, and that marks up my drawing – even when I have the wrist protection feature (in the app) on. As a result, I have to hold the stylus at a very awkward angle so my hand doesn’t touch the screen and that’s why all my card sketches look like a child drew them.
Here’s where the card idea started to become a reality.
I knew I could hand cut everything, but I thought I would see if Cricut Design Space had any shapes that would work. If I could use my Cricut Explore machine, it would save me hours of work. Sure enough, I found a good shape for a bag and a really cute cat shape that would work. I used those images, plus a fun background patterned and letters to design, cut and create this custom card.
Here’s the paper bag-esque card I mailed in a kraft cardstock envelope.When she looked into the bag, she saw this little fella peeking at her!As she pulled the cat out of the bag, she revealed the message on his tummy!Isn’t he sweeeet?The back of the kitty revealed this message:This is the back of the card sleeve:Finally, here’s the side of the card sleeve:
I was so excited to see she loved the card!Pin It