Getting older tends to freak some people out, so for this birthday card, I took inspiration from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with this cheeky Don’t Panic card. To give it a little extra fun, I even added a slider so that at first the card says “Panic”, and the slider reveals “Don’t”.
- Black paper
- Yellow paper
- Red paper
- Scrap paper
- Letter stencils
- Cutting mat
- Exacto knife
- Scissors and/or paper cutter
- Glue stick
- Metallic sharpie
First, cut down the black paper to the card size of your choice. Fold in half and crease. You will also need a piece black paper that is the same width and half the height.
Next, use the exacto knife to cut a window for the “Don’t” portion of the card in the longer piece of paper. Remember to use your stencil as a guide to how tall and wide the window needs to be. I also cut out a semi-circle to make it easier to pull out the slider.
Using the scrap paper, trace out the letters for Don’t Panic. I made sure they were connected and used these as a stencil for the yellow paper. Use the glue stick to glue “Don’t” to the half sized sheet of paper. “Panic” will be glued to the larger piece of paper.
I cut out the actual letters on the scrap paper and used these as stencils for the red letters and glued them on top of the yellow letters. At this point, you can glue the black half sheet with the letters onto the back of the card, making sure that “Don’t” shows through the window. Make sure to leave a portion of the card unglued so you can slide a piece of black paper in to cover the “Don’t”. I used the metallic sharpie to color in the half circle so that it was clear to grab it.
I glued a rectangle of the leftover yellow paper to the inside of the card so I could hand write a message. The final touch was to draw Marvin on the envelope – drawing is definitely NOT my strong point, so don’t judge me too much here!