I have several birthdays coming up in February, so I needed to knock out a few birthday cards. I haven’t been using much patterned paper lately, so I decided this was a great time to pull some out. It makes creating quick & easy cards a snap! In less than 30 minutes, I was able to knock out three really cute birthday cards.
I started by creating an A2 top-folding card base using Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin’ Up. I created all three cards bases at once and set them aside. The key to mass producing is doing everything assembly line style, so that’s what I did for these cards. I completed each step on all three cards before moving on to the next step.
After finishing my card bases, I selected a piece of patterned paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Paper Stack. I seriously LOVE this paper stack, so much so that I bought two of it and may get another before the current Occasions catalog ends. LOL This is a 6×6″ paper stack, so I cut the piece into three 2″ wide strips, then trimmed them to 5-1/8″ long. I cut three card stock layers in coordinating colors (Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay) to 2-1/8 x 5-1/4″ to mat the DSP.
To create the focal image, I stamp the carousel horse from the Carousel Birthday stamp set three times, once in each of the three coordinating ink colors, on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. After I stamped all the images, I cut them out using the second largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. To expedite my Big Shot work, I also die cut a scalloped circle mat at the same time from the coordinating card stock using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. This meant I only had to make three passes in my Big Shot for all six pieces I needed.
Once everything was cut out, I adhered all the pieces together using tape runner then adhered them to the card base, also using tape runner. If you wanted, you could easily pop up the focal image with Dimensionals, but I was trying to keep the card as flat as possible for easier mailing.
Finally, I stamped the birthday sentiment from the same stamp set on the inside of the card using the coordinating ink color for each of the cards. Since the sentiment is a larger stamp with a lot of details, you might want to use a stamp positioner tool in case you need to double stamp to get a clean image. I used my Mini MISTI from My Sweet Petunia for this step. Two of the sentiments stamped perfectly the first time, but I didn’t get a clean image on the third one. Some of the letters in the middle of birthday didn’t get fully stamped. It was really nice to know my card wasn’t ruined thought since I had the MISTI! I just reinked and stamped it a second time and then it was perfect. If you don’t have a MISTI, you could also use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up your stamp.
Here’s a look at all three cards showing each of the colorways I used. From back to front: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Peekaboo Peach.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- TGIF Challenges – the current theme is designer spotlight featuring Jeanna Bohanon. I was inspired by the coral and teal colors in the inspiration photo.
One Last Thing …
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I’ll be including a few sneak peeks of the upcoming Stamp of Approval The Perfect Reason collection over the next few days. Some of these sneak peeks will be my designs and others will be from my fellow Design Team members or Guest Designers. These little sneaks are all you’ll get from me until the blog hops kick off on Sunday, February 5. Here’s the sneak peek for today.
Until next time …