Good morning! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I recently took a week off from work, packed my hubby off to New Hampshire to visit family, and spent a week cleaning out some stuff I had been putting off, and enjoying my time with the cats. It was so hot, there were a few days I didn't go out of the house, but a few days I ventured out to take stuff to the thrift store. And it wasn't all time spent alone. I got to spend 3 days with my hubby when he returned. :-)
I just realized that there are a couple of birthdays coming up that need cards. These are cards that need to be mailed, so I didn't want to use a lot of lumpy embellishments, although embellishments would have worked well on the cards I made. But I wanted to keep them clean and simple.
This is the first card I made.
This is a great way to use up scraps. I cut the black strips 1" wide, so I knew the inner strips needed to be smaller than that. I cut them then notched the bottom before adhering to the black background. Then I notched that. Glued them onto a rust colored background, which is adhered to a sand colored card. I stamped Happy Birthday (TAC) onto sand colored cardstock and cut out, then backed it with the same black as the "ribbons". Easy card, but looks nice. And could be used for a man or woman.
This is the next card I made.
I cut the "ribbons" a little wider so they took up more of the front of the card. You could add texture with ribbon, twine, brads, just about any bling you wanted.
I hope the recipients like them. Have a great day!