Champagne Birthday

Birthday Cards

Let’s get this out of the way – this DEFO should’ve been a congratulations card. Everyone who looks at it thinks it’s a congratulations card. But I decided to be awkward and stick a birthday sentiment on it, so it’s a birthday card.

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 22.06.38.pngFirst, I die-cut this champagne glass die (free gift from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine) 4 times – twice from vellum and twice from gold glitter paper. I trimmed off the top part with bubbles of the gold and stuck that to the vellum glasses, which were kept intact.

I then cut black cardstock to just under 6″x4″ and stamped this birthday quote in Versamark ink. It’s a clear ink so you can add whatever colour embossing powder you like over it. I embossed with Ranger ‘Enchanted Gold’ powder and then laid it all over more gold glitter paper, which I trimmed down to leave a small border.

Then I stuck the champagne flutes down with double-sided foam (you can see a bit of it here, but I did fix it when I noticed!) and stuck the whole thing on to a 6×4 blank card with double-sided tape.

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C is for… Critters

Alphabet Series, Baby Cards, Get Well Cards, Wedding Cards

Wow, 3 posts in 3 days! I must be on a roll!

Critters make the best stamps! So many brands have such different takes on animals. You can go for gorgeous realism or cutesy-cuddly. I’ve showcased a few cards here that I made with some of my favourite critters.

Bunnies’ Wedding Card

Products: Sizzix embossing folder, Anita's plain vellum, Mama Elephant bunny, hat and flowers stamps, Inkadinkado wedding sentiment, ribbon, Hobbycraft silver card blank

Products: Sizzix embossing folder, Anita’s plain vellum, Mama Elephant bunny, hat and flowers stamps, Inkadinkado wedding sentiment, ribbon, Hobbycraft silver card blank

First I embossed the white card, putting it through my machine twice as the embossing folder is only little. It leaves a line where the halves meet, so I hid it with ribbon.

Mr and Mrs Bunny are coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol, and die-cut out with coordinating dies. (These definitely save time, but are not a necessity. If you just like the border it leaves, you can always do that yourself with scissors instead of cutting right around the edges.)

I cut a strip of vellum and embossed the greeting to finish off.

Get Well Soon Teddy Bear

Products:  Hobbycraft teddy bear stamp, Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp, Lawn Fawn hippo notecard and get well soon sentiment

Products: Hobbycraft teddy bear stamp, Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp, Lawn Fawn hippo notecard and get well soon sentiment

If you love critters, get yourself down to Hobbycraft! I adore these single stamps they do from 50p  each. This teddy works so well for all types of card, especially new baby announcements and young children’s cards, but as you can see his face is so sweet and mournful you can even use him for a get well card!

I stamped “Get well soon” on white card and cut it so that it was like a banner, then stamped a woodgrain background in brown ink. I then cut two hearts out of this and stamped my teddy.

He is coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, using different shades of grey for dimension. I stuck it all down on a Lawn Fawn notecard then tied baker’s twine in a bow at the top.

Baby Card

Products: Clear Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, rub-on transfers, Lawn Fawn 'love' speech bubble stamp, coloured sequins

Products: Clear Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, rub-on transfers, Lawn Fawn ‘love’ speech bubble stamp, coloured sequins

Although I’m not a massive fan of babies, for some reason I love making baby cards. I think it’s because your colour palette is pretty much decided for you (in most circumstances, yellow, blue or pink) and I’m not so good with thinking about colour…

This Stampendous chick is the focal point of this card. I bought him around Easter but I don’t send Easter cards, and thought he would be perfect for new baby announcements/cards etc.

Even though I’ve decided he’s a he, this stamp is great for either boys or girls!

To make the card, I stamped the chick twice and also stamped the speech bubble love sentiment. I fussy-cut them out, except for the second chick – here I only cut out the top part of the eggshell, as I planned to 3D it up with some foam adhesive.

The chick is coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and clear Wink of Stella. (My black ink is a nightmare for bleeding, so he looks kind of grimy!)

I stuck the chick down with foam adhesive and stuck the eggshell up on top. The ‘baby’ word is a rub-on sentiment, and I absolutely love those! Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to go and find a stamp, so rub-ons are great for ease of application, and no inky fingers!

Finally I adhered the speech bubble with double-sided tape and glued down the sequins.

I’ve captioned the photos with brand names of products, but if you want to know where to get something just ask me 🙂 I’ll try my best to remember where it came from!