Shhh don’t show him – Retirement card

I was inspired to make this card from a Pinterest post that I saw…I can’t remember who made it and despite having to look at post after post, I was unable to find the photo.  Teaches me for not saving. So who ever came up with idea – big thumbs up to you.

I find it difficult to find masculine paper (Does anyone else have the same issue?) but while shopping today, I came across the TIm Holtz idea-ology 8X8 paper pad.  It was perfect for a retirement card that I wanted to make for my brother-in-law.  It was masculine, colours were great and there were cars.  Absolutely perfect for him.

The supplies I used:

  • TIm Holtz idea-ology 8X8 paper pad (I used three sheets)
  • Twine
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam dots
  • We R Memory 1-2-3 punch board
  • Big Kicks (or Big Shot) from Sissix
  • Sizzix Framelits – 8 round diecuts
  • Cutting Board
  • Microsoft Word program

I cut my paper into a 7 x 7 inch square.  Using the We R Memory 1-2-3 punch board, I lined the edge of the paper at 3 1/2 inches, punched and scored.  The rest of the punches and score marks lined up to the previous score mark.   It was not a perfect square in the middle but it was pretty close.  It came out as 4 x 4 1/4 inches.

I cut a contrasting piece of paper to lay inside the square.  The size of this piece of paper was 3 3/4 x 4 inches.  Using the double sided tape, I centered it into the middle of the paper.

I printed off the sentiment on another sheet of paper using Microsoft Word (instructions at the end).  I cut three different sized circles using my Big Kicks and then layered them so that all the edges met at one point.

Using foam mounts, I placed the circle into the bottom right corner of the inside of the card.

I will write our wishes on one of the triangle sides and will include a gift card.  I folded over each of the sides, wrapped some twine around and tied it off.  I made a quick bow by looping the twine around four  fingers three times and used another piece to tie it in the middle.  I attached the bow by tying the loose ends from wrapped twine to the bow and then cut the ends off.

To make the round sentiment in Word this is what I did:

Open a new document

Typed in the sentiment that I  wanted to use then highlighted the sentiment.

I clicked on the Insert Tab and then clicked on WordArt.  I choose the design I wanted. Then was taken to the Edit WordArt Text box.  I just clicked OK.

Once I clicked OK, I was taken to the Format tab.  I clicked on Change Shape and choose the circle.

I then right clicked on the sentiment and choose the Format WordArt option.  I clicked on the size tab.  I c

I changed the Height Absolute and Width Absolute to the same number (i changed it to 1 1/2 in) and then clicked OK.  The sentiment was a perfect circle.

If you are using a one word sentiment, then type out the word.  If you are using a sentiment that is more than one word, make sure you leave a blank space at the end of the last word.  If you don’t then the first and last word will show up as one word.  Here is an example…on the first one, I did not leave a space.  The second one, I left a space at the end of Retirement.

I hope that you try making this card. It is different style than what I normally would do but liked that it was a card and envelope all in one. If you do make one, post a picture so that we can see what you created.



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