Thursday, August 31, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock Notecard: The Birds

Lorraine Masonheimer has created a series of Hitchcock-themed blank notecards to celebrate the master of suspense and the books that inspired him. The five piece set includes Rear Window, The Birds, To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder and Psycho. Today’s card is The Birds.

8 1/2” x 11” cream cardstock
Scrap cardstock
Dark solid color paper
Book page
6 ½” x 6 ½”
Glue dots
X-acto blade

Step One: Card Base
Cut an 8 ½” x 11” cardstock to 5 ½” x 11”. Score at 5 ½” and fold in half. Cut the dark solid paper to 5” x 5” and glue to the front of the card leaving an equal border.

Step Two: Create Templates
Using scrap cardstock, draw a 1 ¾” x 4 ½” Hitchcock. Draw a ½” x 1” bird on twigs. If desired, place your cursor over this image, right click, scroll to “Save Image As” and place it onto your computer desktop. Open a word document, create a textbox, insert the image to size, print and cut. Keep the Hitchcock outline to make the complete set of notecards.

Step Three: Trace & Cut
Take a page or copy of a page from a book (1952 The Apple Tree Collection by Daphne du Maurier would be even better selecting just the right words) and trace the outline of Hitchcock and the bird as shown. Using the x-acto blade, cut the two images from the text taking care to accentuate Hitchcock’s double chin. If desired, cut the images with the type at an angle. 

Step Four: Assemble & Embellish
Glue Hitchcock to the lower right side and the bird to the upper left side. If desired, place a red rhinestone or pearl at the birds eye. Either leave the inside blank for writing a note or “add not keeping in touch is for the birds.”

Step Five: Envelope
Glue a 5 ½” x 2” scrap of the dark colored paper to the inside flap of the envelope. Take a 5 ½” x 2” piece of left over book page, tear along the top and glue to the dark paper for a custom envelope.

Postage is extra.

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