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Cards with a Kick|Creative Letter Board cards for the over 21 crowd

Easel Cards|DIY Letter Boards|Punny fun|Drink themed celebration cards

My daughter had asked me to make her a 21st birthday card for her best friend. I knew just the sets and had a pretty good idea of the card design. I had seen some cards by @bobbihartdesigns on IG with a similar idea. So I began searching "alcohol themed letter boards" and "Alcohol quotes" on Pinterest. I found a few that would fit on a card. I only have one letter die set so I needed to make sure I could fit the design on a 5x7 card.

For these cards I primarily used 4 stamp and die sets. From Honey Bee Stamps I used Raise the Glass, Sip Sip Hooray, Pickup Lines and from Concord & 9th the Letter Die set Tall Type Alphas

This card is a 5x7 portrait orientation easel. I used 8.5 X 11 Heavy weight CS so in order to make the Easel work you need 5 X 8.5 inches scored at 3.5 and 7 in inches. Mountain fold both. Glue a 5X7 piece of card stock to the inside of the 1.5 inch flap created on your first piece. This forms the easel card. The back has a seam so you can add another 5X7 piece to the back to have a clean look. Then take another 5x7 piece of card stock for the card front (letter board). The card from is only glued to the bottom 3.5 inches on the front to allow the easel to work. For a video tutorial head to Jennifer McQuire's YouTube channel at about minute 14:35 you can view the tutorial on the portrait easel.

I created a 1 inch frame with some patterned wood grain paper from Joanne's clearance section and backed with some Heavy weight CS stock scraps for stability and dimension. I really eyeballed each side and created mitered corners. Before adhering the frame to the 5X7 card front I drew lines every 1/2 inch. I adhered the frame to the Letter Board so I could ensure that my letters were positioned correctly.

Letters - Concord & 9th the Letter Die set Tall Type Alphas The letters where inked with dye ink and then adhered. I used glossy accents to add a little something extra.

Drinks - Honey Bee Stamps Raise the Glass Stamps & Dies I used copic markers to color the drinks and glossy accents on the strawberries.

Inside scallop stopper - SSS scallop borders which I added to extra CS scraps to give it a little extra height to ensure the card would stay propped up.

Sentiment - Honey Bee Stamps Sip Sip Hooray & Die, also the "It's your Birthday" is from the Lawn Fawn Village Shop set. Heat embossed with white embossing powder.

So after creating the first card I went back to Pinterest for a couple more quotes. I wanted to create something Unisex it could be used for men or women. I think I may actually save this for my Husband or make a few more. This was made very similar to the first but the easel has a landscape orientation so the easel card base only used one piece of Heavy weight CS cut 10 x 7. It is then scored at 5 inches and 2.5 inches. Mountain fold on both score lines. This also creates a 5x7 card.

The frame is a bit thinner to allow for the extra letters but otherwise built the same as on the first card. Lines drawn on the Card Front every 1/2 inch before adhering the frame and letters

Drinks - Honey Bee Stamps Raise the Glass Stamps & Dies I used copic markers to color the drinks

The stopper is a few coordinating strips of colored & mirror CS mounted on a CS scrap to give it additional height and ensure the card sit up properly when opened.

I embellished with a few clay confetti pieces.

I guess you can tell where my mind was making these cards :). This landscape orientation easel was made the same as the prior card. This one is more of an all occasion drinking card and could be used for a birthday or for lifting a friends' spirits.

Drinks - Honey Bee Stamps Raise the Glass Stamps & Dies I used copic markers to color the drinks

Inside scallop stopper - SSS scallop borders

Sentiment-Pickup Lines & Dies

I hope you give this a try. You really can use any type of celebration stamps and smaller letter dies or cut out a saying with your Cricut or other cutting machine.

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