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About the Cards
Technique: Paper Engineering with Susan
Designer: Susan Cobb

It's Your Birthday
By Susan Cobb

Susan used a cool collage technique to piece together the front of this colorful card. She created the collage by matting various shapes and sizes of coordinating papers and overlapping them on the card front. A patterned paper collage is a great way to add dimension to your handmade cards, and Susan added even more dimension to this card with a clear overlay and metal embellishments.

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  1. Place the card with the fold on the left and cover the card front with pink textured paper (with the textured lines running horizontally). Mat a 3 1/8"x5 1/4" piece of purple words paper on dark pink sponged, trim the mat to 1/16" and glue 1/2" from the top and right edges of the card. Glue the "enjoy" fragment overlay just under the bottom right corner of the pink sponged mat.
  2. Mat a 1 5/8"-wide strip of purple mesh paper on purple linen, trimming the mat to 1/16". Glue horizontally 3" from the top of the card, trimming any excess even with the edges of the card. Trim one strip of dots off the pink dotted paper and mat the strip on purple linen, trimming the mat to 1/16". Glue the strip centered across the purple mesh strip.
  3. Crop the "It's your Birthday!" overlay to 2 1/2"x3". Layer on top of purple circles paper and punch a hole over the top of the letter "i" and at the bottom of the exclamation point on the overlay. Add a pastel pink mini brad to each of the holes to attach the overlay and paper layers together. Trim the paper even with the edges of the overlay. Mat on dark pink sponged paper, trimming the mat to 1/16". Mat again on pink dotted paper, trimming the mat to 3/8". Mat a third time on purple linen paper, trimming the mat to 1/16". Glue 1" from the top and 1/2" from the left edge of the card. Use pastel pink mini brads to attach one lavender turn mount over the top left and bottom left corners.

Just A Note
By Susan Cobb

card making, card ideas, just a note

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Susan used a template to cut and fold a unique Diamond Fold pattern to use as an eye-catching focal for this card, adding it to a square window she cut out of the card front. To make sure the cool Diamond Folds really stand out, Susan kept other embellishments to a minimum, adding only an artwork cut-out in the center of the Diamond Folds and a bit of grosgrain ribbon for texture and dimension.



  1. Place the card with the fold on the left. Cover the card front with blue textured paper and ink the edges. Glue a 4 5/8"x6 1/8" piece of brown/blue pattern paper centered on the card front.
  2. Open the card and place the card front on a cutting mat. Use a craft knife to cut a 2 3/4" square in the center of the card front.
  3. Use the template to trace the oval diamond fold onto blue vellum. Place on a cutting mat and cut along the traced lines with a craft knife, then fold. Crop the vellum to a 3 1/2" square with the diamond fold pattern in the center. Glue the vellum behind the cut-out window on the card front, centering the oval diamond fold pattern vertically in the window.
  4. Fold a 3/8"x1" strip of brown/blue pattern paper in half and secure the loose ends behind the top of the "just a note" cut-out. Glue the cut-out centered in the middle of the diamond folds oval.
  5. Wrap a 13" length of brown grosgrain ribbon just right of the fold (securing in place with Zots), with the tails meeting about 1 1/2" from the top edge of the card front. Tie an 8" length of ribbon into a shoestring bow and use a Zot to attach the bow over the point where the wrapped ribbon ends meet on the card front.

Want even more cool card making projects? Check out Susan's Journal of Paper Engineering Secrets for 71 brand-new project ideas using the very latest products and the hottest techniques!

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