I generally do my darndest to avoid attending large, expensive functions unless I’m being paid to be there, but some friends you just can’t refuse. In this instance, it was a wedding for two ’80s geeks and glam metal fans who despise all things soppy and pastel. This ruled out every wedding card in every store I tried, so I decided to make a card myself.
With Michele’s baby shower book, you can see one form of accordion book. I wanted this card to stand up for later display, so I used another type of accordion fold that allowed me to tell a story on both sides of the card (it’s technically a book, but we’ll stick with card because that’s the function it was serving).
Because this couple is game for a joke, I designed the front of the card to appear just as sentimental as all the store bought cards they’d be receiving. But the moment you unfold the card, one side shows a collage of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the heads of characters, people, and pets that the couple loves. The other side shows the pyrotechnics from a Kiss show above which I hand lettered a portmanteau of the couple’s names (not shown because I apparently only grabbed in-process shots) in the style of Kiss’s logo. I saved space on the back of the card for the note (also not pictured).
Front of card Detail of side one that shows what you initially see if you treat the card as a book rather than a display.
Should you commission a card or book like this, be warned: may induce head banging!