Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Simple Birthday Card

I received three "stamping" books as gifts from my mom, and while leafing through them I thought I would try a couple of the cards that they had illustrated. So you are probably wondering where are they, lets have a look. Nope into the garbage they went!! While I liked the technique, I didn't care for the design or the look. So I made my own tutorial for a simple birthday card.

This card uses just one stamp set, from the main image to the background.

First I stamped ramdom cupcakes from the Stampin' Up! Party Hearty on Whisper White Cardstock using Tempting Turquoise Classic ink.

It looks okay at this point, BUT we need a contrasting color to really give it something. To my Color Coach to see what contrasts with Temping Turquoise = Certainly Celery!!

This is now our background or our card. For the main part of the card, I cut a piece of Temping Turqouise cardstock and will adhere this piece as a layer.
At this point I am really starting to like this card. We didn't have to invest in a separate background stamp, we made our own!

When I made any card, because your cardstock is 8 1/2 x 11, I can get two cards. So I always try to make two cards. So my second card will be the pink version. Or rather Pretty in Pink on Certainly Celery for my main part of the card.

Now for the focal point of the card. I stamped the "b" is for birthday using Versamark ink on the same colored cardstock, and then used Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I used a scrap of Certainly Celery for my bottom layer.

I then embossed another center for my "b" and embossed that also, used the 1/2" punch to punch out that center and attached it to the card using a demension.
And here is the finished cards!
Aren't they cute?! These cards will make a lovely card to give to a child of any age!
Both of these cards are available as card kits or can be purchased already assembled. So if you are looking for some great birthday cards, let me know. ALSO this card would make a great birthday invitation, don't you think?!
The card kits are $20 and you receive everything that you need to create 12 cards, plus step-by-step instructions.
I am going to keep trying some of the other techniques/ideas that are in the instruction book but I have decided I will just use the book as an idea and come up with my own card. That way I won't get so frustrated, if you know what I mean. Have a great day and thanks for stopping!

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