I'm finally back from a week's vacation, that included several days at a resort celebrating my 2016 birthday. I had several special birthday cards waiting for me when we got home. But first I had to get ready for a REALLY special birthday, the 75th birthday of a friend whose health has taken a few turns for the worst in the last few months.
My friend, Pat, turned 75 this past Friday, and her sister, Mary, invited friends from various clubs and their neighborhood to join them for a party to celebrate. We arrived home late Thursday afternoon, and I had an appointment early Friday afternoon. So I had to come up with a special card in between all my various chores and appointments.
Of course, the Stampin' Up! Large Numbers Framelits Dies was first in line for ideas. What better way to showcase a 75th birthday than to cut the number, 75, with these framelits and some Silver Glimmer Paper! But what was I going to do for the greeting. My first thought was to stamp a greeting and heat emboss it. But as I was looking for my Large Numbers Framelits, I came across the also brand new, Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies. Oh, I've used these as pop-ups. But I'd also seen many people using them by themselves. Woo-hoo! Why not try cutting the Silver Glimmer Paper with them, too!?
The first time I cut the Thinlits, they did not pop out as well as I'd have liked. So I thought, thought, thought – and then remembered some online advice to run thinlits through the Sizzix Big Shot a few times rather than just one. Bingo! That "Happy Birthday" greeting, in the shape of a cake, cut perfectly! All I had to do was to trim away the parts that were meant to be part of a pop-up (inside a card) and I had a great centerpiece for my card.
I finished off the trimmings with some Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon, along with a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
And how did I come up with the Pink (Pink Pirouette) and Purple (Rich Razzleberry) colors? Scratching my head trying to decide on the colors, I called Pat's sister and asked what colors Pat liked. Genius! OK, that's overstating it a bit. But I was kind of pleased with myself for the idea.
Lots of layers in this card, so I had to make sure to use the the Whisper White Thick Cardstock as the card base. As you might notice, the card is a bit larger than the standard (for us cardmakers) 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card. It ended up being 6" x 5". To make the "thick" card base, I cut one piece of the Whisper White Thick Cardstock 6" x 5", then another 6" x 5-1/2". Then I scored and folded 1/2" on the larger piece. I adhered the fold onto the front of the card base so that, when you open the card, there is no 1/2" edge showing. If you look really closely, you'll see the 1/2" edge showing towards the top of the card front. But once I did it, I completely forgot about it, it's that unnoticeable!
One last part of the card is the texture on the Razzleberry layer. I went through all my embossing folder, and finally chose the Boho Chic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I found it just a nice elegant finish for a somewhat elegant card!