Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hogwash Pig Birthday Cards

Today I thought I would share a card that is not a Halloween card.  Instead, I'll show you a couple of birthday cards.  I was watching Bingo (my mischievous cow cat) dig through his toy container making a mess and thinking "what a little pig!"  I thought about some pig birthday cards that I made earlier and decided to share these cards with you.  I have had an affection for pigs since growing up watching them on my Grandparent's farm.  In fact, I have quite a collection of pig figurines and pictures.  Therefore, making cards featuring pigs was a must do activity for me.  I also have several pig stamps I used for inspiration.  I selected a stamp that featured three different pigs and decided it could be used to make several birthday cards.  I think the cards turned out pretty cute and call them Pig Hogwash Birthday Cards.

First, let me share a picture of Bingo with you.  I have his toys stored in an old cat bed that he and Gracie never used.  Now Bingo spends a lot of time digging through his "toy box" and pulling out various toys to entertain himself.  I'm always picking up toys about the house and putting them back into his toy box when too many of them are lying around.  To my surprise, on this particular day Bingo dumped all of his toys out onto the floor and crawled into the cat bed.  Here's a picture of the aftermath.

Picture of my cat sitting in his toy box with the cat toys dumped out on the floor

What a cutie!

Now down to the business of sharing two birthday cards.

The Making of a Hogwash Pig Birthday Card

 Card Statistics

Card Front and Coordinating Envelope

Picture of the birthday card and its coordinating envelope

This card began with a card base cut and scored from cream colored cardstock.  The front panel of the card is lavender cardstock layered with pink paper on the top half of the panel and pink plaid paper on the lower half of the panel.  Note that the plaid paper also has lavender and cream stripes running through it that match the cream and lavender cardstocks.  A strip of the cream cardstock and a strip of the pink paper were punched to resemble dripping mud.  They are layered together with the pink on top slightly offset from the cream cardstock.  This layered strip is affixed across the panel over the seam where the plaid and pink papers meet.

One of the pig images on the stamp was inked with brown ink and stamped on ivory artist paper.  It was colored using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  The completed image was matted with lavender cardstock and affixed to the front panel.  I used the same pig and coloring technique on the envelope made from heavy cover stock to coordinate with the card.  The envelope image was sprayed with sealer to protect it for transit through the mail system.

"Hogwash" is printed in brown ink on a round of cream cardstock and matted on a round of lavender cardstock.  This creates the front sentiment and it was affixed to the front panel using dimensional foam squares.

Angle View of Card Front to Show Dimension

Picture of birthday card set at an angle to show dimension on the front of the card
This view of the card shows that the front sentiment is raised slightly above the surface of the card.  You can also see the added dimension of the punched drips across the card.

Card Inside

Picture of the inside of the birthday card
For the inside panel, I used cream cardstock printed in brown ink with "You're not that OLD! Happy Birthday".  This sentiment panel was embellished with a layered strip of the pink and plaid papers.  It is matted with lavender cardstock and affixed to the inside of the card base. 

I made a second card very similar to the one above, however, I used a striped paper in place of the plaid paper and a different color scheme based upon the striped paper.  A different pig image was used from the stamp.  Also, the front sentiment was altered to "Hogwash...You're not That Old!" and the sentiment inside the card is simply "Happy Birthday!"

Pictures of the Second Card

Picture of birthday card and coordinating envelope
Picture of the birthday card set at an angle to show dimension on the card front

Picture of the inside of the birtday card

 I think both of these birthday card turned out quite cute.

These card and envelope ensembles can be purchased from my Etsy shop:  Hogwash Pig Birthday Card in Stripes and Hogwash Pig Birthday Card in Plaid
Tidbit of wisdom from the experience: When you design a card sketch you like, it can be used many times to create a variety of cards in different themes or in the same theme, but different colors.

Card Recipe Specifics
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