Topsy Turvy Challenge

Even though I used stencils for the card I’m featuring today, it’s actually not homework for the Creative Stenciling class I’m taking at StampNation. I was definitely inspired by the class though! Instead, this card was part of a challenge to make a card based on this wonky cake photo. This incredible cake work of art was made by Cake Lava in Las Vegas.

Cake Lava Wonky Cake

I don’t think I’ve ever done of a CASE of a cake, but this really opened my eyes to finding inspiration from everywhere, not just from other card makers. The elements I choose to incorporate into my card design were the white-on-white polka dots, the blue-on-blue stripes, and the bubble gum pink color. Here’s the card I created.

Mel's Card Corner | Topsy Turvy Birthday

I decided to do some stenciling with embossing and texture pastes to recreate the look and textures from the cake layers in the inspiration photo. For the while polka dot layer, I used some glitter paste from Bo Bunny on some white card stock. I used the Large Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp to create the polka dot look.

For the blue striped layer, I used some texture paste from Ranger and colored it using Distress Ink. I didn’t have a striped stencil, so I created one on my Cricut Explore following the same technique I detailed in my previous post. I then applied it to some blue cardstock from Simon Says Stamp.

Mel's Card Corner | Topsy Turvy Birthday

I decided to heat emboss the sentiment. It’s from the Happy and Smile stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Since my card base is base from some metallic cardstock from Anna Griffin, I decided to stamp the sentiment using my MISTI in case I needed to stamp it more than once to get a clean image, which I did. I stamped it using VersaFine ink and then heat embossed it using some sparkle embossing powder.

Since I stamped my sentiment in black, I decided to add the small strip of black cardstock as a border between my stenciled layers. This not only helped tie in the black color, but it also gave a really nice graphic element to the card. I also brought in the black again in the glitter enamel dots I added to the card.

Mel's Card Corner | Topsy Turvy Birthday

Since ink doesn’t necessarily dry that well on the metallic card stock, I added a white panel inside the card. I used another small stamp from the same set to add a sentiment inside the card. Not only does the white panel help keep my sentiment nice, but it’s also a much easier surface for adding any handwriting I want to do in the end, too.

Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection

In other news, I received the latest Stamp of Approval collection from Catherine Pooler today. I can’t believe it arrived so quickly since I only ordered it Wednesday morning! Needless to say, I’ll be playing with it this weekend, so be watching for cards made from it next week.

Until next time …

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  1. cakelava - Rick and Sasha Reichart says:

    We were delighted to see our “KateJ” wonky cake featured on your blog! Just as we find inspiration for our cakes from many different sources, we are thrilled our cake inspired you to create in your special way. Your card looks beautiful and will definitely make the lucky recipient SMILE!

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