Friday, July 3, 2015

Get Carded: Buon Compleanno!

Hello! My dad's 93rd birthday is tomorrow, so recently I began deliberating the making of his birthday card. 

I often make him cards with a green theme since that's his favorite color. But then I spied this wallet-sized card in an Italian cookbook I'd just brought home from a thrift store:

"Speak Italian in 10 minutes or less!" this handy-dandy card proclaims. I'm sure learning to speak Italian takes longer than that, but since my dad was born in Italy, my birthday card theme was launched:

Materials used:
  • white card stock
  • map of Italy from vintage world atlas, photocopied to reduced size
  • Italian language card, photocopied to reduced size
  • pictures of statues cut from a vintage travel guide for Rome
  • words cut from vintage textbook about Europe
  • "happy birthday" stamped in black ink on white card stock scrap and glued to card
A couple of close-ups:

The words "the island of Sicily" and "Sometimes it is said that 'Italy is kicking Sicily'" pay homage to my dad's roots; he is 100% Sicilian.

Close-up of the statues, the word "Milan" and the language card. My dad's roots are Sicilian, but he was actually born in Milan. 

My dad does speak some Italian, but I don't think I've heard him say "Buon Compleanno", which is Italian for "Happy Birthday". Nevertheless, I enjoyed making this card for him, and I hope he likes it! 




  1. I'm italian. I was born in a small village near Milan and moved to Sicily (where I live now) at the age of 34 to live with my man :)
    So this post is so funny for me! :)
    Love the card you've made!!! I think your dad will like it very much!

  2. MadameRenard, thank you so much for your reply - it really made my day! And yes, my dad liked his card very much.