If you’re super computer savvy, you likely know that 100110 is the binary code for the ampersand (&). I don’t speak computer, but my coworker and her new hubby do. They selected 10-01-10 as their wedding date partially because of its binary meaning. Isn’t that romantic? It was my fun job to make the happy couple a wedding card from our entire magazine staff, which meant there needed to be plenty of room for signatures, as well as for a gift card. And I naturally needed to make the ampersand a significant feature on the card. This project is the result. Whether you need a group card or not, this idea is a creative way to give a gift card and show someone you care.
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Fold 6x6 cardstock base and cut a small slit in the center of the card’s spine.
Note: The slit should be long enough that you can fit a strand of tulle through it.
Step 2: Punch a decorative border along top and bottom of card front. Then stamp the front of the card with a giant ampersand stamp like this one from Stampin’ Up!. I used Jenni Bowlin paint from Ranger to ink my stamp.
Step 3: Once the stamped image is dry, feed a strip of tulle through the slit in the spine of the card.
Step 4: Tie a knot in the center of the tulle and position the knot in the center of the card.
Step 5: Secure the tulle in place by adhering to the back front cover of the card.
Step 6: Conceal glued tulle by adhering a slightly smaller card base to the inside front cover, leaving the back flap of the base free. This creates a page in your card, which is great when you have a long message to leave or plenty of people who need to sign your card.
Step 7: Stamp a butterfly to complement the colors of your project. I also added a little color using my Copic markers and some more Ranger paint, and some texture with BasicGrey pearls. Adhere the butterfly to the center of your tulle bow.
Step 8: On the inside back cover, paint a smear of color using the same color of paint you used to stamp your ampersand.
Step 8: Spell “enjoy” over the painted area using letter stickers like these from BasicGrey.
Step 9: Stitch tulle pocket over the painted area of the inside back cover, and insert a gift card. Now, when your recipients removes the card they’ll see the little message waiting for them.
There you have it, a wedding card complete with a slot for that gift card. Ampersand day may be over, but this style will still make any couple happy you thought of them on any day of the year.