Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Party Like it’s 1908

 

My husband asked me if I would make a very special birthday card for his dad this year. You see my father-in-law is from Chicago and is a diehard Cubs fan. If you follow baseball, you know that the Cubs fans are probably the most loyal fans in all of sport. This type of request was a little out of my normal style so I looked around the internet for awhile and didn’t find too much out there so a little fiddling and experimentation produced this card.

Special Birthday Card - for a Cubs fan
Special Birthday Card – for a Cubs fan

I relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo for this project. Each element started as white cardstock and I used Distress Inks to add the color.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

My internet research led me to a fantastic map of Chicago which I printed onto white cardstock. I added Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink. The ink from my printer smudged when I did this but I think that it added to the overall look.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created the additional elements. I purchase the baseball shape from the Silhouette Online Store. I colored the ball with Tea Dye and Antique Linen and the stitching was colored with Festive Berries. The red is actually a full circle and the ball pieces were applied on top. I found the baseball bat and base online. I stamped the bat with Stampin’ Up’s Hardwood background stamp in Walnut Stain and then applied Vintage Photo. The base was colored with Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood. I was trying to give each white item a different look.

The background is a vintage amp of Chicago
The background is a vintage map of Chicago

I used the font Ball Park to create the sentiment on the front. The offset feature in the Silhouette Software is great for adding a shadow to your wording or shapes.  I used Festive Berries and Antique Linen for the sentiment.

My last element on the front was the Cubs logo. Once cut, I colored with Candied Apple and Festive Berries for the red, Blueprint Sketch, Broken Chine and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue and then Antique Linen and Vintage Photo for the background.

All this was adhered together and it was time to start the inner panel. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908, which as you know is some years ago. The Chicago fans are ever hopeful that “this year” might be the year they break the streak. I saw this quote on the web and knew that it was just right!

Inner panel of the card
Inner panel of the card

I created the two mats first by applying more Distress Ink to white cardstock. The red was the same as the front, Candied Apple and Festive Berries and the blue was created using Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

I used my Silhouette software to create the wording and printed that out. This is the Ball Park font again.  I aged this panel with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I place an oval of paper over the wording to keep from smudging it too much with my ink blending tool and to give the panel a pop. Lastly, I added the blue pin striping with a ruler and Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker. Everything was adhered and added to a large card base.

Close-up of Cubs card
Close-up of Cubs card

This card is 5″x7″ so it fit in a large envelope. I even managed to get this to the recipient on time! I hope that you enjoyed our journey today!

Materials

Ink: Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Nennah Solar White

Other: Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker – Ranger

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Birthday Card”

  1. My father-in-law is also a HUGE life-long, long-suffering Cubs fan. He is turning 83 next month and I am going to try to make him a special Cubs card using your design as my inspiration. I’m not as skilled as you with my Silhouette Cameo, but I’m going to give it my best try. Thanks for sharing your awesome talent!

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