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Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict living in central Texas. I'm an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and love to teach others how to make lovely paper projects. I always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. If you're in the USA, I'd love to be your demonstrator!

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Black Tie Birthday Card

When your husband declares that this is one of the best cards you’ve ever made, well, you go post it on your blog right away.

Stampin' Up! Cake Crazy black-tie card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - handmade birthday card

Now I don’t know about all that, but it’s fun, right? This is the new Cake Crazy stamp set. I will admit, I kind of ordered it by accident, and I didn’t play with it much until now. But after I made a brightly colored crazy cake last night, the black tie stamp caught my eye, and I thought it could be a fun black and white card. And then I thought black and white and metallic would be even better. And since all those diamonds are two separate stamps (and the black dots a third stamp), I had to try this. And I was so happy with the way it turned out!

Stampin' Up! Cake Crazy black-tie card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - handmade birthday card

Here are a few tips for copying this card:

*Start at the bottom of the cake. Stamp the black stamp first. Those tiny dots and the larger line of dots will guide you on where to stamp the other two stamps in that cake layer. Stamp the silver second (I stamped this in Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder). You’ll want to line up the little squiggly line with the big black dots, and also keep an eye that the tiny black dots are at the exact corners of your diamonds. Here’s an IMPORTANT tip. When you heat the embossing powder with the Heat Tool, heat it just until all the powder has melted, and then STOP. Since you’ll be heating it again when you melt the gold powder, if you heat it too long the first time, it will get all funky when you heat the gold powder. This was not my first attempt at this card — my first attempt came out all funky. 

Stampin' Up! Cake Crazy black-tie card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - handmade birthday card

*For the metallic layer between “SPECTACULAR” and the bow tie, start with the gold. Again, only heat it just until it melts so you don’t ruin the gold when you melt the silver.

*Make sure the black ink is completely dry before you start the embossing. You can see I got a little bit of gold embossed on the top of “SPECTACULAR” and a little silver on top of the black tie, because I’m not nearly patient enough to wait for my ink to dry.

*The ribbon (a Sale-A-Bration freebie!) is wrapped around the white panel and tacked down with Fast Fuse on the back. After gluing the foil strips down to the base (I used both silver and gold, but you could use one or the other), I added the white panel to the card with Dimensionals.

*Dimensions: the card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″. The white cake panel is 3.5″x 5.5″.

Don’t forget that from now until the end of March, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets.January 2017 Host Code gifts

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Comment from Lisa Martz
Time January 18, 2017 at 9:23 am

I have to agree with your husband! This is the coolest birthday card I have seen! AND, my Cake Crazy is coming this week! I’m going to be copying this for my hubby! This is a rockin’ birthday card!

Comment from Pauline
Time January 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm

I agree: this is a Spectacular card!! Good job and thank you for sharing all of the details!

Comment from Sibylle
Time January 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

I love your beautiful card. Thank you for taking the time to share how you made it.