Plaid Birthday

There’s been a big plaid trend over the past year or so in the papercrafting industry. In looking at many of the products released earlier this year at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show, it appears that trend will be continuing. Kristie wrote a great Spotlight on Trends piece about plaid recently over at StampNation, too. With that in mind, I decided to pull out my plaid building stamps to make a birthday card.

Mel's Card Corner | Plaid Birthday

My initial plan was to make a one layer card, so I masked off a 1.5″ area and filled it with Stampin’ Up!® Smoky Slate ink using a mini ink blending tool. Next, I used the Plaid Builder stamp set from Papertrey Ink to create my plaid over the gray. For that, I used Night of Navy for the triple stripe, Bermuda Bay for the wide green stripe, and Pacific Point for the dotted line. It’s not 100% completely square, but it’s not too bad for just winging it and eyeballing everything.

The plans for this card immediately changed when I removed my Post-It masking tape and realized the ink had soaked through in a few places and left some small blotches on my card base. Instead, I trimmed out my 1.5″ wide plaid panel and matted it on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut to 1.75″. I created another A2 top-folding card base and adhered my plaid panel to it using tape runner.

Mel's Card Corner | Plaid Birthday

For my sentiment, I used the Happy and Birthday stamps from the Crazy for You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I stamped them just above my plaid panel using Night of Navy ink. To finish off the card, I added three Night of Navy Candy Dots beneath the plaid panel to help balance out the sentiment.

I’m entering this card in the Little Red Wagon challenge. The current theme is masculine cards.

Until next time …

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