Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wireless Birthday Card!

What kind of birthday card could you possibly make a male teen that is totally focused and super excited about starting out on his own for the first time ever to a new out-of-state college?  Tough one, huh?!!  No ideas here, until I decided to recreate the laptop he'll be taking with him.  Suddenly it all came together, and pretty easily even!!

I started by searching Google Images for an Apple logo and keyboard.  I used these two for my project.  That saved me having to recreate them -- which could easily have taken me forever!! 

Next I cut a 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" piece of silver Bazzil Bling card stock (from Frantic Stamper of course!) to create the base for the "Mac Book". I folded it in half and rounded my corners.

For the "screen" (inside top half) of my card, I first cut a rectangle piece of black CS 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", adhered it to the inside top portion of the card and rounded the corners.  Next I cut a rectangle piece of light blue CS 1/4" smaller on all sides and rounded the corners.  I sponged the edges of the light blue CS in a darker blue to give it a dimensional look, and wrote my happy birthday note on the blue "screen" panel.  I then layered it over the black piece.  To complete the look, I cut a piece of acetate the same size as the black CS piece to cover the "screen" so it looked a little more like glass.

For the keyboard part, I printed out the keyboard image twice onto white CS.  I layered the first keyboard image onto the inside bottom half of my card base and rounded the corners.  Then I cut out just the keypad-part of the keyboard from the second image.  I adhered the keypad part onto of the keyboard using dimensionals so it was raised up a little. 

And now for the front of the card, I printed out the Apple logo, fussy cut it and adhered it to the center on the outside of my card.  I used Crystal Lacquer to create the raised and shinny logo.

I added a "happy birthday" rub on sentiment just below the logo.

The best tip for this is to use the Google images from the web -- that saved me tons of time and gave the card a more realistic look!!  As you can see, it pretty much was just basically assembly of the pieces!

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!


Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

Oh, as a Mac owner...that is a cooool card. :)

Your whole blog is filled with loveliness too. :)

Serena said...

That is one of the coolest cards I've ever seen! Awesome!

JulieA said...

Oh girl, that is super-stinkin' clever!!!! How fun!!! You'll have to let us know how he liked it. You did a fab-o job on this one!!!!

isu.alum said...

Oh, this is so cool. Looks so real! Love it!!!


Julia Aston said...

How cool is this Anne! You are just too creative - this looks absolutely real!! Bet he loves it (you are including a check inside right?!?!? LOL!!!)

Rachel Hope said...

Holy Awesome Idea batman!!! i am So stealing this idea very soon!

Joan Ervin said...

How cool is this and absolutely perfect for your young man!!!! Anne, you are sooo even added the apple logo on the front....AWESOME design, gf!!!!

wendyp said...

this is so creative and CUTE!!! Love it!

Trena in Naperville said...

Anne! I am diggin' your blog too! :o) You are so creative! I have bookmarked you Woman. I agree! It is a passion.

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Tina said...

Wow! You did great! Very creative! I love it!