Usually when you see a greeting card here on my blog, you'll see a card that's 5-1/2" x 4-1/4", horizontal or vertical, with quite a bit of ink, at least a couple of layers of card stock and papers, and most of the time with more than one embellishment such as buttons or brads or bows.
But every once in awhile, that kind of a card just won't work. Take for example the occasion for which I needed a card last week. My husband runs our local duplicate bridge club, with typically at least 24 people on a Sunday afternoon. One of our players had a serious fall and my husband asked me to make a card that everyone could sign for us to send off to our injured friend. Have you tried to fit 24 signatures into a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card recently? Not only that, have you experienced what happens when you try to sign your name or write a note on the inside cover of a card front that has a ton of layers and embellishments? It's not a pretty thing!
So today's card is a bit of an anomaly for this card maker. This was about as easy a card for 24 people to sign as I could make. It's 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" – a half sheet rather than a quarter sheet of card stock – so plenty of room for notes as well as signatures! I didn't overdo on the ink so there were no weak spots for pens to poke through the papers. OK – I did have to make a couple of die cuts with my Sizzix Big Shot. I'm constitutionally incapable of making a card without SOMEthing like that. But I made sure that there wasn't more than one extra layer of card stock for any signature to bump against.
And finally this card went into an envelope with a plain "forever" stamp – always a plus with the increased price of stamps!
Nope – not even a ribbon with which to tie the card together! But it was the perfect card for the purpose – and that has a lot to say for it! After all, isn't that why we make cards?!