Saturday, May 16, 2015

This year's group cards for my department!

Every year I am in charge of creating birthday cards for all 22 people in my department.  I like to create ones that allow everyone to sign in the card.  
Usually, with a Hallmark card you buy from the store, you only get about an square inch area to sign a card that goes around the group. 
I've posted about group cards on my blog before in a number of previous posts that I tagged "group cards."  Make sure you scroll through all the pages, there are multiple ones.  I've been making group cards for my department for over 10+ years.
Let me know which one is your favorite group card!!
I repeated the creations with the envelopes I shared in this previous post.  I had a lot of fun creating them. Here are all 22 of them all done.
This is what one looks opened up.
This is the card when it is tied closed with the attached ribbon.
Here is the back side where people will be able to sign their well wishes.
Because everyone's names have different number of letters, I decided to make everyone's 8 envelopes long.  That was determined by the longest name I had. A nice even number will allow you to fold the envelopes so you have one design on the front and the opposite on the back.
Here is how I made the name cards:
I adhered the envelopes together by licking the flap of one envelope to another envelope, to make a strip like this.  Then, fold it in an accordion style.
The envelopes are 5-1/8" by 3-5/8", so I cut the 12" X 12" double sided paper into sections measuring 5" by 3-1/2" You can get 6 sections from each sheet of paper with some extras strips.
Then, you adhere the sections you cut out on each envelope, alternating the designs.  
First, you determine what design you want to start with and add 9" of ribbon under the first and last section. First, adhere the ribbon,
 Then cover it with the paper.
 Flip it over and repeat on the back side, first the ribbon, then the other side of the paper.
 That way you will get 2 pieces of ribbon to tie together with a nice bow or knot to close the card.
Here is what 22 different cards look like.
Here are all of them opened up.  Each one with a different paper design.

Let me know if you want me to make one for you!
Thank you for checking in! 
Sharon Lim
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator #54149
Rubber Stamps and Accessories including Scrapbooking 

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