Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday - Cards

Hi again, it’s Joy here with my second post as Guest Designer this month. Today I have some birthday cards to share with you, both using the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the set: Happy Family Days with Calligraphic Frame (links to products may be found at the bottom of this post).
 
The first card is one that I made for my son for his birthday recently. The patterned papers are from the Bo Bunny Powder Mountain collection, with edges swiped with Distress ink.
 

A circle was cut from the top layer of paper using a Spellbinders Standard circles, and another larger circle to go under the cut out area was cut from plain white cardstock, then stamped with the Happy Birthday sentiment using Versafine Onyx black, and clear embossed.

Distress inks to match the paper colours were added around the stamping with an ink blending tool.
 
Be Creative tape was applied to the back of another piece of white card stock, and the Memory Box die Starry Wreath was run through my Big Shot. I have found that I have to use thinner cardstock or the die cannot cut all the way through the card and tape – I also added a shim to the cutting sandwich and ran it through a few times just to make sure! Once cut out, the release paper from the Be Creative tape was removed, and Glitter Ritz Liberty Blue microfine glitter was applied to the sticky surface, and burnished by using my finger.
 
Various sizes of stars were completed in the same way using the Sizzix Bigz die Stars #2 using other colours of glitter. Then the card was assembled with some layers being popped up for depth. A quick and easy card! This would be very easy to produce several in different colours.
 
The second set of birthday cards are also quick and easy - once I figured out the design for the first one, I decided to make more using different colour schemes, as it never hurts to have extra cards on hand. I also like to see at how cards can appear quite different with varying colours.
 
 
 
 
Various distress inks were applied and blended on a sheet of white cardstock (I used Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean and Broken China). I then sprayed the sheet with Biscotti Perfect Pearls to add shine and let it dry.
 
I stamped the frame from the set Happy Family Days stamps using Memento Grape Jelly ink, and used a die from Spellbinders Labels 26 to cut out the frame. The Quietfire calligraphic frame will actually fit within a number of different Spelllbinders dies that are similar to Labels One. I used a stamp positioner to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment within the die cut.
 
Two die cuts were made from metallic cardstock using a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendant die, trimming the edge of two of the opposite sides on one die cut in order to fit within the card space. The final piece was the background patterned paper that was run through a Cuttlebug Fleur de Lis Diamonds embossing folder, with the edges swiped with distress ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope I have given you some ideas to use in your own projects.
Here is a photo of Joy's card taken outside so you can see the shimmer - so hard to capture with the camera!

Thanks very much to Joy for joining us a Guest Designer for this month!  She's done a awesome job for someone who is new to sharing her work online!

Here are thumbnail links to some of the products Joy used:
 

6 comments:

  1. Those cards are beautiful, Joy! And the shimmer is the perfect icing on the yummy cake :-)

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  2. Ooooh...love those shimmery stars! Nicely done!

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  3. Beautiful BD cards anyone would be happy receiving. Love the star one the best. Have a great day.

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  4. fun cards- love the stars and all the details!

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  5. Very nice cards, good to have some ready to go.

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  6. I love the all the Stars! Great set of Birthday cards.

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