Plenty of pins

I recently created a card to celebrate the approaching arrival of a friend’s baby girl. I wanted to take a modern approach with the design — something different and bold.

I began by creating the sentiment on my computer, which led to designing a pink sunburst around it and a light-pink background. I printed my design onto textured white cardstock and adhered the card’s standout feature: 28 safety pins.

I’m glad I delivered this card in person. It might have not fared well on a trip through the Postal Service.

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Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of white textured cardstock. Cut a 4 1/2-inch-square piece of medium-pink, linen-patterned cardstock (mine’s “Pink Linen” by The Paper Studio), round the corners and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front.

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Using a computer program (I used Adobe Illustrator), type “hey,” on one line and “girl!” on a second line in medium-pink text (I used the Sail font, 42 pt., which can be downloaded here) centered inside a 3-inch-wide, medium-pink sunburst graphic that has a 1 1/2-inch white circle in its center. Put this in the center of a 4-inch, light-pink square. (My graphic is available to download here.) Print out the graphic onto white textured cardstock and cut out the square.

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Adhere small safety pins (I used 28 pins that are each 1 1/16 inches long, using small pieces of Therm O Web Zips on the wider ends and Aleene’s Jewel-It on the smaller ends) in a circle along the white circle’s outer edge, with the smaller ends of the safety pins positioned inward.

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Using dimensional adhesive, affix the 4-inch-square piece, centered, to the medium-pink patterned cardstock.

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