Oh, how I wish this post were about Brad Pitt's butt, but it's not. The title would read "On Brad's Butt..." and then you'd wonder what, indeed, is on Brad's butt. Alas, this post refers to paper fastener brads, whose butts are not nearly as potentially interesting as Brad's.
Not that I've ever seen Brad's butt. But still.
Today's card isn't a folded card. It consists of three single panels bound together by brads. And it's patriotic and perfect for Operation Write Home. See?
I recently purchased a set from My Favorite Things called First Class Friend, which is perfect for military/patriotic themed cards such as I send to Operation Write Home. While it was sitting on my desk, I saw a brochure in 1,000 Greetings that had a Japanese stab binding. I thought, huh. What if I put three different sized panels together with something simple, like brads? They're so much easier than Japanese stab binding.
Really, though, for something like this, Japanese stab binding would be pretty easy. The brads are just a sign that I'm epically lazy.
And you can see the result. The fonts are so military, and that adorable right-angle arrow seemed perfect for this design. The brads match the ink better in real life. The base panel is the standard 4.25" x 5.5", the middle panel is 4.25" x 4.5", and the top panel is 4.25" x 3.5". The top two panels were scored together on a ScorPal for easier opening, and the brad holes were punched with a 1/16" hole punch.
And now for the butts. My original plan was to cut a narrow strip of card stock to cover the brad butts on the back of the card. When I finished the card, however, the butts didn't bother me nearly as much as they would have had they been inside the card, where their presence makes me break out in hives.
What is happening to my chronic OCD? I don't know, but I've left the butts exposed, as it were. Let's conduct an informal poll to see who would cover them, and who would not. Where do you stand on exposed brad butts on the BACK of cards? Because seriously, no one would leave an exposed brad butt on the inside of a card. That would be wrong.
stamps: MFT First Class Friend
paper: Neenah 80lb solar white
accessories: brads, 1/16" hole punch