This card won a 3rd prize ribbon at the 2004 Stampede Art & craft competition in the card making category "special occassions".

Hinged Accordion Card

Opened W 24" x H 5"
Closed: W 4 x H 5"

I used a medium bright yellow card stock.

The Happy Birthday lettering was done with black embossing powder. The large Italic lettering was painted using pearlescent inks. The quote is done in Copperplate using gold pearlescent ink. 

The whole card has black embossed lines to mimic stained glass lead lines. Some of the space between these lines are collaged using hand painted embellished Japanese rice paper, some of which were clear embossed to give  more of a glass look. Maple leaves were punched out of the same rice paper and the back hinge strips are also from the same embellished rice paper. Aries1a.jpg
People are like stained glass 
windows, they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when 

darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a 
light from within.
                          -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The back of the yellow card stock was covered in a mauve toned mulberry paper and the hinge on the back uses the hand painted Japanese rice paper