This past weekend I realized that I had a busy week ahead of me AND that there were FOUR birthdays bearing down on me all of which required a handmade card: My sister, a grandson, a nephew and a BFF. Yikes, I’d better get rolling on this one before life takes over!
Two of the cards I needed to make are for men. While I love to make cards with geometric designs, I personally wasn’t in the mood for that, and my mood definitely has a bearing on how well I do with cards. So I went leafing through my Designer Series Papers (DSP for short) and there was a – leaf! Actually, lots of them on a sheet in the Magnolia Lane DSP set. There’s a lovely magnolia design on the other side of this sheet. But the Early Espresso monotone color scheme words perfectly for me!
The next thing was to design on a greeting and how I was going to present it. You may have noticed that I’ve been playing with the Word Wishes Dies lately. (And, no, I hadn’t left it out on my desk. I’m more disciplined these days with my smaller space.) So I went looking for Happy Birthday. Ooops. “Happy” was there, but this set of dies does not include “Birthday.” So off I went to its coordinating stamp set and found “Birthday” there. The stamp set is A Wish For Everything. You can purchase each of these individually, or you can purchase them as a bundle and save 10% off the price of both. Nice deal – and I got a really good deal because I’m using them a lot!
But back to the sentiment. What I did was to cut the word “Happy” out of a piece of the Early Espresso Print from the DSP set. Then I cut an oval using the Layering Ovals Die set, cut a Whisper White Scalloped Oval using the same die set, and glued the Espresso piece to the White piece. The last little step in this operation was to retrieve the little pieces that make up the middle of the “a” “p” and “y” letters and adhere them to the White oval. I did this using the Take Your Pick Tool first to pick up those little pieces and then, after I’d put a teensy squirt of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of it, to apply it to the spaces in the letters.
After I stamped the word, “Birthday,” onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, I punched it using the Classic Label Punch and adhered it to the oval grouping using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I wrapped a knotted piece of Whisper White Flax Ribbon around the card front and adhered the ovals onto the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally I mounted the whole card front onto a base of Whisper White Cardstock. For the final touch, I added three white sequins from the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins pack.
Would you like to know what I did with the word, “Happy,” that I cut out of the DSP? Yup – I made another card with it!