Thursday, January 15, 2015

Milestone Birthday Card

Hi there

Started off the year on rocky footing but I think now things are returning to our normal routine. My eldest daughter had a milestone birthday; she turned 21 and is officially an adult. We are all pretty much in denial including the birthday girl. lol. She liked the Christmas shaker card I made her so much that I decided I'd do it again for her birthday.

I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper which I cut out using my brand new stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp. I placed this rectangle on my Cricut cutting mat and cut out the numbers with my Cricut Expression 2 using the Cindy Loo cartridge. I figured out how to get the Cricut to cut out the numbers in the corner of the paper and even put in the size of the paper; all that without using my computer. My craft area is not ideal and it's a huge hassel for me to have to bring my computer downstairs. If anyone wants a tutorial on how I did that, I'd be happy to give it a try; just leave me a comment.

Anywho, I used my Avery Elle "Cake and Candles" stamp set to stamp and emboss the sentiment. I also used a black pen to write "st" since I don't have an appropriate stamp set. Then I used the cheap watercolors from Artist Loft, wet down the paper first with a wet brush and then placed soft pinks, yellows, and blues and let them spread out on the wet surface. I dried it with my heat tool and repeated laying down colors until I was happy. Then I used some gold mist and created some splatters. 

Next I glued down some acetate behind the numbers and used some Scott 3D foam tape to create an area to hold the sequins. Then I filled it in with pink and gold sequin from my stash and enclosed it with some scrap white cardstock. Finally, I placed the whole thing down on a top folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" white card base (Recollections 110lb cardstock) and "voila". The only finishing touch is the gold heart sticker which I had left over from my SSS December card kit (or was it November? lol)

If I had to do this card over I would use the smooth side of the watercolor paper because I think the stamping would have come out a little better and I also would line up the word "Birthday" a bit lower because the top of some of the letters look like they got cut off. But overall, I'm very happy with how the card turned out and my daughter liked it very much.

Hope you like it, too. I'll have another post coming up soon; it's a birthday card for a boy.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed & crafty day.

Bettina :)

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