Happy Birthday Present Card

I just got some Penny Black stamps and decided to make this colorful birthday card for a friend.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

I created the orange card base from Bazzill Card Shoppe 100# card stock, folded from the top. The striped background layer comes from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Little Azalea called Embellish by Dena. I used my corner chomper to round the quarters one-quarter inch. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Penny Black’s Reflection set directly onto the bottom portion of the paper.

Next I made a tag out of watercolor paper using a Sizzix die and my Big Shot die cutting machine. The stamp of the cute female holding the present comes from the Penny Black set called Fashion Tweet. Using my water brush and the seasonal Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers, I colored the image using a bright combination of pink, orange and blue, with a little bit of yellow. I also edged the tag using the pink raspberry marker.

I tied an orange organza ribbon to the top of the tag and adhered it at an angle using foam tape. The final touch was three clear rhinestones right about the sentiment (conveniently covering up an ink mistake, LOL).

I think it will be a fun birthday card for a friend. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks for looking!

Absolutely Adore You Striped Card

Well, this card turned out very different from my original idea!

A masculine card for my grown nephew.

A masculine card for my grown nephew.

I have this stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp with all the sentiments coordinating with the Absolutely die. Originally I had planned to die-cut Absolutely from a piece of white card stock and then print the various sentiments in bright colors down the middle. But when I sat down at my craft table, I decided to go for a more dramatic look with the black paper. I thought I could emboss the sentiments using a champagne-colored Versamark ink pad and have them really stand out against the black background. Well, they didn’t. They were really hard to see.

So then I decided to try my Perfect Pearls powder in gold–the first I had ever used Perfect Pearls. It definitely stands out more; I’m just not sure how much I like it.

At that point I had to change the background paper to coordinate with the black and gold background. The black patterned paper on kraft paper I had intended just didn’t work. Luckily, I found this 12×12 paper pad from the Paper Studio called Simple Elegance that has a lot of black and gold papers in it. I liked using the stripes horizontally rather than vertically to give it a more modern look.

The final touch was punching some stars in gold paper (from the same paper pad) using my Martha Stewart punch. This punch is quickly becoming a favorite!

I think I like the final result. It’s darker, more formal and more masculine than I had planned, but I think it will work as a congratulations card for my nephew when he graduates from college.

Please let me know what you think!