As you might have guessed, I managed to get sidetracked making Valentine Cards and forgot all about that stack of Birthday Cards that I need for the month of February. Yikes! The good news is that, so far, I’ve not actually missed a birthday. When I made these cards, I had exactly 3 days to get a card to its destination, and 3 days is really the best that I can hope for when I’m mailing a card from Hawaii to the U.S. Mainland. Better news is that this card didn’t have to go all the way to the East Coast!
This card is the first of 3 that I made one afternoon when I had some time just to hang out in my craft room. For a number of reasons, that time was going to be scarce for the 3 or 4 days following. The result was that, as soon as I finished this card and realized how easy it was to make, I decided that I would make two more just like it. But “just like” is not a phrase that I really like to use unless I’m making swaps. So I really had to do something different with the other two.
For this card, I used the Happy Wishes Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure. This set has two main words, “happy” and “best,” and 12 other words and phrases that can go before or after – or both – the main words. I inked up the “happy” using Marina Mist Ink, and then added a bit of Night of Navy Ink to the bottom area of the stamp that includes the floral images, finishing up the stamping by using Night of Navy Ink to stamp “birthday.” I matted both the stamped layer and the background layer of Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper using Night of Navy Cardstock. To tie the whole card together, I used some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon to complement the silver foil accents in the Designer Series Paper.
For the second card, I wondered how the stamp would look if I colored in the floral images, so I pulled out my Calypso Coral and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers to try it. Not sure how I like it. But it’s a nice-looking card, so it’s going to go to a friend for her birthday. Oh, and for the ribbon this time I used the Calypso Coral 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon to bring out the Calypso Coral colors in the stamped image and the designer series Paper. And you might note that the mats in this card are thinner than those in the other two. Hmmm. What do you think?
For the last card, I left the blues behind and stamped using Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry Ink, again not coloring in the floral images. I matted this with the Rich Razzleberry Cardstock to complement the ink that I used in the stamped layer and the Razzleberry flower peeking out from the upper left corner of the central element.
This stamping session was a lot more relaxed that I expected it to be, and that was because I wasn’t afraid just to make 3 cards that are pretty much alike. I’m really hoping that everyone who gets one will really like it!
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