Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Retirement Card


I have a coworker who is retiring on Friday. This is the card I made for him. I started with a piece of bamboo colored card stock cut to 10” X 7” and scored and folded to make a 5” X 7” card base. The patterned paper I used is from Cloud 9 Tropical Stripe. The paper is two sided and I used the blue side for my first mat cut to 4 3/4” X 5 3/4”. I then used the striped side and cut a mat 4 1/2” X 5 1/2”.  I then cut a scrap piece of bamboo cardstock to 5 1/2” and tore it to give it a rough edge. I didn’t measure the height of the piece but I think it is about 1 1/2” wide. I used some Tea Dye and Wild Honey distress ink and inked the entire piece to help it look more like sand. I then lightly sprayed the piece with some antique lace glimmer mist. I then attached it to the card front. The palm trees were cut from the Life’s A Beach cricut cartridge at 4.4” . I ran the tree tops through my cuttlebug and embossed them with the Victoria A2 embossing folder.  I attached this straight to the card and put the end of the trunks just under the “sand”. The chair is also from the Life’s A Beach cartridge and is cut at 2.7”. I used some Weathered Wood distress ink to ink the char to give it a weathered look and help the slats stand out. I attached it to the card front with some foam tape. To finish the card I added few shell embellishments that I had to the sand. The top upper right corner of the striped paper I folded down to show and added a red button with some brown and white striped twine tied in a knot. I stamped my sentiment with some Walnut Stain distress ink.  I finished the inside with a small piece of the striped paper and added another stamped sentiment that says Enjoy Your Retirement also stamped in Walnut Stain ink. I am envious that he is able to retire. I have a 3 or 4 more years. I hope he enjoys the card and his retirement.


  1. Well, i really appreciate your tremendous work.This is something that someone can never forget in entire life & there can nothing be as good as this card.