“Me + You = Forever” Anniversary Card

Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! My husband and I went to Florida for the July 4th holiday to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. We also saw my other brother-in-law, his wife, and their two children. We had a wonderful time filled with delicious food and great laughs. It was great to see them again! During the trip, my sister and I went to a local aquarium and had a lot of fun looking at sharks, jellyfish, seahorses, and clown fish. It reminded me of our college days when we went to an aquarium any chance we could get. We always had a blast!

Now we are back home and settled into our routine but there is one more special occasion for me and my husband! We will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary very soon! Seems like yesterday when we first met. I made this card reminiscent of young loves etching their initials in a tree. I changed it up a bit by hanging a heart sign from a tree with our initials on it ~ G + V. I wrote the sentiment for the inside of the card and typed it in Word using an oval-shape text box. The font is Batik Regular in light blue and I love how it looks like it came from a typewriter. I changed the oval’s border style and color to a tan stitch border. I cut a 4 1/2 inch oval from Cricut’s Storybook cartridge on cream cardstock and then taped the oval to a sheet of copy paper to get it to print the stitches and message appropriately. It took a couple of tries to line everything up but I am pleased with the result. I hope Glen likes it. It usually takes me a while to complete a card because I tend to over think every decision, but I guess that means I’m either a perfectionist or I just want it to be as special as it can be for the one I love. The front of the card is cheery with blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and two love birds sitting in the tree with our heart sign. There is also a wooden sign from Cricut’s Walk in My Garden (WIMG) cartridge that reads “love” thanks to the help of Cricut’s Design Studio. For the inside of the card, I embossed a Martha Stewart image of a bird sitting on a branch, using brown ink and clear embossing powder and then heat set it to make it glossy.

What do you do if you don’t have any clouds on any of your Cricut cartridges? Well, that is what happened to me in this case. I was so determined to have clouds on my card that if I couldn’t modify an image in Design Studio I was going to free-hand some clouds with scissors. Fortunately, I found a tree top image from my Wild Card cartridge and was able to “modify” it in Design Studio. The tree icon intended for the owl card’s envelope can be turned into a cloud by using the ‘hide selected contour’ feature to hide the smaller half of the split tree top. Repeat this step again with another tree top and then rotate it until it’s upside down, and with a bit of maneuvering and welding, you get a passable cloud. I made two clouds for the front of the card. Do you think it’s passable? I think it worked out ok. For screenshots of how the cloud was formed, check out this pdf – Cloud Tutorial Using Wild Card.  To add some texture, I embossed the clouds with a D’vine Swirl Cuttlebug folder.

If you would like more details on the overall card, leave me a comment and I will give you the exact measurements.

Thanks for looking!
Vanessa

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4 thoughts on ““Me + You = Forever” Anniversary Card

  1. Beautiful labor of love. Your husband is very lucky. I appreciate anything hand made, I think it’s more personal , unique and shows how much you care. I used to paint for my wife when I was courting her and that kind of won her heart. Happy 9th wedding anniversary. Mines at the end of the year. how time flies. Thanks for the comment.

    • Thanks Island Traveler! My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary. We went boating and fishing at our local state park and prior to fishing we stopped at a picnic table and had a picnic (our style: bbq chicken, potatoes, and corn). It was delicious! Then we went fishing and I caught a small bass (we always catch and release). I did spot another alligator and this time I got a picture of him which I will post later. The pic isn’t that great but it’s proof of an alligator :). I have to catch up on your posts too. Thanks for the lovely comment. Take care!

  2. Vanessa, I agree that visiting the aquarium was fun and I too had flashbacks to our college days. Boy has time flown by…..well anyway time must march on as they say. 🙂 Loren and I wish you and Glen a wonderful anniversary this year and many more to come. You two make a fabulous couple. Continue to take care of each other. May laughter and love always be at the center of your lives.

    Glen is going to love the card for sure!

    Love, Paula Ann (Sis) 🙂

    • Thanks Paula :)! We had a blast over July 4 and can’t wait to see you guys again. The aquarium was a lot of fun too. Thanks for the anniversary wishes. I can’t believe it’s been 9 years already! Our big ten is next year :). Thanks again for checking out my posts. I had a lot of fun making Glen’s card and I hope he likes it. Tomorrow we are going fishing in the jon boat and we’re having a picnic at the state park for our anniversary! Should be a lot of fun and we’ll have lots of pics to share!

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