Our oldest grandson turned 20 this week. He’s no longer a teenager. Not only that, he’s actually found a job that’s in the field he’s studying in college. We’re so proud of him! Of course I had to make a slimline style card to send to him. It’s my favorite style of card right now, and this week he’s my favorite oldest grandson (Carson is my favorite youngest grandson and Jay is my favorite middle grandson – that covers all my bases!)
Boho for a Bohemian!
Did I mention that my grandson is an artist of sorts? His art is using his voice, both in singing and in acting. He comes to mind when I think of someone with a Bohemian sense of self. So it was perfect to select paper from the Boho Indigo Product Medley for his card.
Quin also has enjoyed coming to visit us in Hawai’i. And I think that this particular print features quite a few images that have a tropical feeling to them.
Finding the Right Paper
Slimline cards are typically between 8-1/4″ and 9″ long. That makes it a bit difficult when the paper you plan on using is from a 6″ square paper stack. The good news with this paper is that the left edge of one sheet matches the right edge of another sheet. So I could put two sheets together and tape them on the back to secure them together. If you look really hard you can see the seam line at the top of the card. But, even though I know it’s there, I’m having trouble seeing it on the bottom. So I think it works pretty well!
And Then The Right Ribbon!
Once I had the paper all selected, I needed to figure out how to stretch some kind of design so that it would fill the whole width of the card. Imagine my relief when I read about a card challenge that required using string as part of a card background. And did I ever have string! The Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack includes a spool of Misty Moonlight Baker’s Twine. And wouldn’t you know that the color of the flowers in the print is Misty Moonlight! How fortuitous.
Finding the Right Ribbon – But Not Wasting It!
One teensie little problem with Product Medleys is that, if you run out of ribbon in the Medley, you are not able to buy more separately. So I didn’t want to wrap all that twine around that whole long card front. What I did instead was just cut the ribbon about 3″ longer than the card front and just tape the ends of the ribbon to the back of the paper. The paper in this case was a strip of Misty Moonlight Cardstock that defined the center of the card. To keep the ribbons together, I used the slit punch in the Label Me Fancy Punch to cut a strip in the die that I used to mat the sentiment. Then I ran all four pieces of the twine through the slits and behind the center element. To keep them from spreading out too much at the point of entry, I twisted the set of twine as it ran behind.
Both dies in the center element are from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I stamped the birthday wish onto some Very Vanilla Cardstock using Misty Moonlight Ink. The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set. The final touch to the card are three Misty Moonlight Enamel Dots from the 2020-2021 In Color Enamel Dots set. I’m so glad I bought those dots – I’m going to have to buy more!
The Bottom Line
The bottom line for this card is that you can make slimline cards out of just about anything. Nothing about any of the products that I used in this card scream “slimline card.” But they all came together to make one that’s just lovely. And I know my grandson will like getting it – and showing it off!
Happy Stamping no matter for whom you’re stamping! And don’t forget you can order the Boho Indigo Product Medley just by clicking on the icon below to be taken directly to my very own Stampin’ Up! store!