Last week I was inspired by a video I saw on YouTube to make this cute peek-a-boo style DIY birthday invitation! How cute is this! It’s pretty simple to make and it’s a little more complex than a standard card but well worth the time to put together.
Here’s what the inside looks like:
Alrighty stampers! Are you ready to learn how to make this card/invitation? Now the original instructions differ just a little from mine but the technique is the same as the original. I’m using flat colors here but if you’re using designer paper, you’ll want a coordinating color along with Whisper White or Very Vanilla, depending on preference. The image above uses Bermuda Bay cardstock and ink. The lighter tone is Coastal Cabana. The step-by-step guide features Birthday Basics Designer Paper with Bermuda Bay and Very Vanilla cardstock. The full supply list will be at the bottom of this article.
Cut list for the Peek-a-boo Style DIY Birthday Invitation/Card:
- 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Designer Paper
- 3 7/8″ x 4 3/4″ Coordinating solid cardstock
- 2 7/16″ x 4″ Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock
Take the largest sheet of paper and score at 8″ and 4″. If you look at this sheet in sections, you will have a 4″ section, score line, another 4″ section, score line and a 1/2″ section. Insert the cardstock into your trimmer. The 1/2″ section should be to your right. You will be cutting on the middle panel. Measure 4 3/4″ into the card. Insert your blade 3/4″ from the top of the card and cut down to 4 3/4″. Move the paper to 7 1/4″. Insert your blade again at 3/4″ from the top and cut the card to 4 3/4″
You followed that, right? I thought so… here’s a diagram:
And here’s what your sheet should look like:
Next, take the coordinating cardstock color (the medium sheet). Insert it into your trimmer short edge first and cut it at 2″ almost all the way through. I left about a 1/4″ connected at the end. You’ll be sliding this through the slits you created in the larger sheet so you don’t want to cut it all the way through. Here’s what it should look like:
Insert the medium sized 2″ strip from the underside of the larger sheet through the two slits so the flap returns to the underside. Tape the cut end together using a small strip of double sided tape (but leave the backing on the tape and be careful that it’s not too long, this will be the peek-a-boo panel that slides out of the card so you might be able to see the tape if it’s too long). In retrospect, you could add a small piece of tape to each side of the peek-a-boo panel closest to the slits to prevent it from sliding too much to either side.
Using a circle punch (any diameter of your choosing–I used a 3/4″ circle), line the punch centered between the two cut marks and punch a half circle at the top of the card. Fold the card on the score marks, line the punch with the first cut out and cut the bottom of the card. You may need to fold the sliding panel on itself. This is what your project should look like from the back:
I’ve added some double sided tape to the bottom of the card and also to the flap (you can’t see it in this shot). Don’t close it up yet though!
Take the small white piece and add a little SNAIL to one side. You’re going to insert this piece underneath the peek-a-boo panel but on top of the designer paper. You’ll need to wedge it in carefully and don’t press it down too soon! Slide your panel in and out to make sure that the white is covered when the panel reaches the top and bottom. Once you’re satisfied with positioning, press it down! Almost done! This is what your card should look like:
Line up the peek-a-boo panel on the underside so it’s centered in the 4″ panel and remove the double sided tape, starting with the bottom. Fold the small flap over so it sticks to the bottom tape then pull the backing from the tape on the flap and fold it shut! Bam! Hard part is done! Time to decorate as you will! I do recommend smaller stamps or using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for positioning.
Here’s the finished piece:
The blue invitation at the top of this article was decorated with ruffle stretch trim on the outside of the peek-a-boo panel. I added SNAIL adhesive directly to the card around each edge and then pressed the ribbon onto the card. Both cards were designed using the Sketched Birthday stamp set. The “1 in a million” sentiment is from the “My Mother” set from the 2014 Occasions catalog.
I added the touch of color to both cards using Stampin’ Write Markers. There is no Stampin’ Write Marker for Bermuda Bay however. I recommend using either a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter if you want spot coloring. I used washi tape to cover the parts of the “1 in a million” stamp that I didn’t want to show up as Bermuda Bay. I then peeled the tape off and colored in the rest of the stamp with the Stampin’ Write Markers that I got for free when I signed up for My Paper Pumpkin!
Supplies for the Peek-a-Boo Style DIY Birthday Invitation:
- Sketched Birthday Stamp Set
- My Mother Stamp Set
- Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies
- Big Shot
- Magnetic Platform (for the big shot)
- Birthday Basics Designer Paper
- 2012-2014 InColor Stampin’ Write Markers
- 2013-2015 InColor Stampin’ Write Markers
- Coastal Cabana Cardstock
- Bermuda Bay Cardstock
- Very Vanilla Cardstock
- Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Jet Black Staz-On Ink
- Staz-On Cleaner
- Coastal Cabana Ruffle Stretch Trim
- Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon
- Aqua Painter
- 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
- 3/4″ Circle Punch
- SNAIL Adhesive
- 2-Way Glue Pen
- Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Sticky Strip
- Stampin’ Trimmer
- Paper Snips