Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Film Reel Birthday Card

Hi everyone, hope you had a great start to your week! :) Thank you so much to anyone who has started to follow my blog or has left a comment, you have no idea how appreciative I am! I am going to try and post every day, but sometimes my schedule gets a little crazy (such as yesterday, hence the reason I didn't post) and time gets away from me. I'm sure you all have those days, too! :)

I spent this afternoon creating a birthday card for a friend of mine. He turned 19 and absolutely loves movies, and is also a film major studying producing and cinematography. In honor of his lifelong interests, I made him a film-based birthday card! The entire card is handmade, and I actually used pretty basic supplies, nothing too fancy. Here are a few pictures:

Side view of the front of the card.
Front view of the card.
Inside of the card.

The inside of the card was supposed to be the actual film, but there wasn't enough room to make it look realistic enough, but I think you can tell what it's supposed to be. Those are black chipboard letters on the white squares. I wasn't pleased with having to make the "happy" the way it is, but I didn't have much of choice given the small amount of space and size of the letters. The card itself is 5.5 in x 5.5 in. 

I used blue, lime green, purple, white and black cardstock, along with the black chipboard letters and lime green confetti for the polka dots on the front. I used an Elmer's craft glue pen to glue everything (which worked wonderfully) and cut everything with an ordinary pair of scissors. Here's the process of creating the film reel:

I traced a 5 inch circle onto green cardstock and then took a button pin and traced five circles onto the cardstock. The smaller circles were traced with pencil which is why the lines are so faint.
I then used a hole punch to create enough room for my scissors so that I could cut out the small circles on the inside.
Here's the finished reel. I then traced a smaller circle onto black cardstock (which you can see in the pictures on the front of the card at the beginning of this post) and glued it to the back of the reel. It was so difficult finding the right size circles to trace!

And that's it! I was having a hard time contemplating what I wanted to do for his card, and this morning I finally came up with the idea. I tried it out and ended up really liking it. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great rest of the week!



  1. What a creative, unique card, Ashley! I love this! The film reel looks so authentic! Great job!! :)


  2. Oh my, your film reel card is adorable!!! I also love how you made the inside of the card look like a film strip.. Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog and Im a new follower of your blog.. I look forward to seeing more of your creative work..

    Scrappy Hugs,
    Amanda :0)

  3. New follower, thanks for visiting my blog! Super cute card!

  4. Super cute card!! He'll love it! Thanks for checking out my blog- can't wait to see what you create next!

  5. Very cute card and I am now a follower of your super blog..And yes you are off to a great start! I hope that we can become friends and inspire one an other!! Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon!!

    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  6. Ashley- Thanks for the comments on my blog! Love the film reel idea- and even though the film on the inside wasn't "authentic" what you did is spot on- for some reason the blanks squares spacing out the lettering really made it cool. I love when I open a card and find extra fun detail work : )

  7. Great card Ashley :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm your newest follower

  8. Following you too! I love your blog so far, especially the ribbon background. I'm a huge ribbon fan. :) Looking forward to seeing more.

  9. Hi Ashley and welcome to our blogging world. Thanks for visiting Fantabulous Cricut. I hope you'll find inspiration there each day. I love your film reel card- very clever. I'd love to have you visit my personal blog, too.
    Larelyn (FCCB design team)

  10. Thank you for your lovely comment, I'm glad you liked my creations.

    Love your card, very striking and bold.
    Dee xxx

  11. Gorgeous! Love the inside too. Thank you for following my blog; hope we can share lots of inspiration!

  12. Very creative...love the inside! :)


  13. Ashley,

    Thanks for stopping by:)
    Love this card, cute idea!
    Your work is great, looking forward to seeing more!

  14. Super cute Ashley! Thanks for stopping by Mollys Folly. I can't wait to see more of your craftiness!

  15. I love this card!!! Thank you for directions on how to make it!! Thank you for visiting my blog, I am a new follower and can't wait to see what you will do next!!!
    I always love new blogger friends

  16. Hi Ashley, thanks for coming by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I have become a follower of yours too. That card is so cute and what a nice idea for a card or tag!


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