Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Truck Birthday Card and Making Your Own Metal Foil Paper

Our friend's second oldest son turns four today!  They had a small family only party on Sunday since the dad had the day off and all of the kids were sick.  We were invited to celebrate with them.  I started this card last month, but finished it just before the party.

To make this card I used:

Lite Cricut Cartridge B is for Boy
Cricut Expression
Cuttlebug Machine
Diamond Emboss folder
Aluminum foil
Card stock
Xyron Adhesive Machine

To make the card I first ran my card stock through the Xyron machine that basically turned my card stock into a sticker, about a 4 1/2" X 5 1/2" piece.  The machines come in many sizes and having the different sizes allows a person to not waist adhesive, say if you just needed a little piece, but all you had was the largest Xyron, a lot would go to waste.  Then I adhered my card stock to a piece of foil slightly bigger than the card stock.  I trimmed the extra away.  I inserted the foil covered card stock into the embossing folder and then ran that through the cuttlebug.  I glued the now embossed foil onto a card base.  I also found some foil tape at Home Depot and ran that through the Cuttlebug also and then stuck it over the fold of the card having covered both sides of the card with the embossed foil.  It did not look that great, but I just left it be, perfection is not everything!  The reason for adhering the foil to card stock before running it through the embosser is so that it will hold it's shape.  Otherwise the foil will just flatten upon use and lose it's embossed design.  You can also buy foil paper or metal sheets, (that may or may not need to be reinforced to retain there shape), but living where we do with limited access to craft supplies we make do with what we can get our hands on.  I then cut out the truck on the Cricut Expression using the Lite B is for Boy cartridge at about 3 1/2".  At first I cut it out at 4", but that size would only fit on the card long-ways so I cut it smaller to fit as I wanted it too.  I used some removable glue dots to adhere the extra truck inside of the card so my friend can scrap book with it if she so chooses.

Sorry for such poor pics, I forgot where I put my camera so I used my iPod.  It's since been found, but at the time my mind was blank.

Here it is:



  1. WOW what a super cute card!! I never thought of using my cuttlebug folder to do this. Great job! TFS
    I'm now your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog sometime.

  2. Jen,

    Thanks so much! It just came to me as I'm sure you know. Your blog's great too. Thanks for being my newest follower. I haven't gone public with this blog yet, (actually meaning-shared with most of my friends and family and facebook) , so it's so sweet to see new followers show up. Thanks again and have a great day!

  3. My little boy would absolutely love this card! How fun! You did such a fantastic job on the design. :)

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Your version of the brownies sounds very good as well, I'll have to try it!

  4. Very nice! I would love to have you link something up to my blog hop! Come check it out, it is all about trying something new.