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3 Nifty Ideas from 1 Card

This card reminds me of my college days years ago when I gave my family this unique Christmas card.

I remember walking 2 miles to downtown Oak Park in the bitter cold to purchase card making supplies. {On a college budget where each credit hour was about $300 each, spending moola on card making supplies  and a Starbucks on the way was perhaps not wise.  However, my rationalization was that if I work hard (I juggled multiple jobs, carried 15+ credit hours per semester and later graduated magna cum laude), then I should play hard.} On my way downtown, I stopped by a Starbucks to warm my hands and satisfy my yearning for quality espresso and vanilla.  Finally arriving at my beloved Paper Source, I was once again amazed at the store front. The employees at this special store always put together fabulous window displays. Their talent for manipulating paper into something majestic never ceased to amaze me.  After some browsing and dawdling,  I picked up some spiffy blank note cards, envelopes and classy paper. There was a spring in my step as I wallowed through the snow and neighborhoods back to my dormitory. Sitting on the floor in my dorm room amid scattered piles of colorful paper,  I combined my new Paper Source finds, a piece of mulch and paint chips leftover from a resident assistant project.

There are a few nifty ideas that can be gathered from this one card:

Paint chips. These are usually free at your local hardware store (or wherever paint is sold).  The tree was made by using paint chips and I’m thinking about using paint chips in a triangle form {as illustrated in this card} but turning it upside down to be an ice cream cone. Hmm…a monochromatic cone and pink ice cream…little paper dots for sprinkles! Aha! There’s a new card series idea! Anywho…sorry for the tangent…. What was I talking about? Oh yeah…coordinate…

Coordinate the front page’s background to the inside space. The yellow and white polka dot paper was carried from the front page as the focal point’s backdrop into the inside of the card behind the personalized note. This personalization adds just a bit more extra oomph to the card’s personality.

Use the real thing. The trunk for the Christmas tree was found in the landscaping at my college. Just a perfect sized piece of mulch. Glue to attach. Pretty easy!

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