Friday, February 24, 2012

Thanks Coach - Bowling gatefold card

I made this Thank You card for a bowling coach recently. It is a large card, the finished size is 6" x 8 1/2" .  I made it extra large for the nearly 30 bowlers to have enough room to sign.

Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of white card stock. Follow the diagram below to score and cut. I used the largest circle on my Coluzzle to cut the bowling ball and made my own bowling pin pattern. Make a complete bowling ball and bowling pin from Whisper White card stock then trace them onto the card front . Keep these to finish as the bowling ball and bowling pin to be glued to the card front.

The sort of marbled look on the bowling ball was achieved by drizzling several colors of acrylic craft paint onto a piece of acetate, swirling them together then smooshing the card stock onto it. I worked it a little bit with the brayer. You could make marbled look paper using ink refills for stamp pads and shaving cream. I chose to use my paints because I have so many and they are much cheaper than ink refills.

The holes on the bowling ball were made with black card stock cut with a 1/2" circle punch and a 1" circle punch that I trimmed down (would have been nice to have a 3/4" !). I would have preferred to punch through the bowling ball and adhere black card stock to the backside, but my punch wouldn't reach far enough (and I didn't have a 3/4" punch). I suppose I could have tried to cut them by hand with an Xacto knife...........

The bowling pin stripe was made by sponging on Real Red and Cranberry Crisp inks from Stampin' Up!. I made a mask with the wide oval punch from Stampin' Up ! and sticky notes. I also sponged on a little bit of Going Gray around the edges of the bowling pin

I drew horizontal lines across the center piece of the card to simulate the wooden boards on the lane.

"Thank You" is from the Much Appreciated stamp set, Stampin' Up.
"Coach" is an unknown clear alphabet set. I used Snap Stamps to make the name.

I stamped the outside of the envelope with the Have A Ball (retired) stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =) 

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