I sat down to make a Christmas card using the colors from this week’s Global Design Project challenge, but a festive any-occasion card came out instead.
The color challenge this week is to use Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, and Basic Black. I kind of scratched my head at the combination, but it turns out that I love these colors together! I just never know until I start playing with them.
Don’t you love it when you find a second use for something you already have? This beautiful stamp/die bundle makes gorgeous Christmas cards (see an example here), and look at this festive celebration card! This could work for a birthday, graduation, new baby (especially done in soft colors), wedding, anniversary — any celebratory occasion.
The card base is Emerald Envy (5’1/2″x4-1/4″), and the white panel is Whisper White. I love stamps that allow you to create your own background. The Festive Season stamp set has several stamps perfect for creating backgrounds. I did three groupings on my card, and for each grouping I stamped the starburst image twice in Emerald Envy (without re-inking the stamp in between — that’s how you get the two different shades of green) and once in Sweet Sugarplum. I then stamped the small star image once in each grouping, in Sweet Sugarplum ink. And that’s all there is to the background! Easy.
You could use any sentiment here. I chose the “let’s celebrate” stamp from Confetti Celebration, because this card just feels like it’s ready to party. I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
I stamped the solid star image from the Festive Season bundle in Sweet Sugarplum, then lined up the Festive Stitching Star die so the stitching holes would be right along the outside of the star. Yes, a die punched all the stitching holes for me! The Festive Stitching Thinlits make hand-stitched cards so easy.
I cut the star out using the Stars Framelits.
I stitched the outline of the star using the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine. There’s no reason to stop using it just because Halloween is over, right? So Christmas + Halloween supplies = non-Christmas / non-Halloween card.
After I started the stitching, I held down the end with a small piece of Tear & Tape. I did a simple backstitch, and when I finished, I taped down the other end. I popped the star up on Dimensionals.
To finish off my card front, I added two stars and a dot from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes. I just love these tiny embellishments!
I did two more stamp groupings on the inside of the card. I will stamp another sentiment when I decide what event this card will be for.
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The Stylized Birthday stamp makes a quick and easy birthday card.
I used the colors from the Global Design Project Color Challenge (#GDP057) as inspiration for my card and went with an easy layout for a fast, fun, gorgeous birthday card.
I started with a square of Whisper White cardstock, just one that was laying on my desk. I knew I wanted a watercolor-look(ish) background behind my “Happy Birthday”, so I did that in Blushing Bride. But I’ve had little luck with actually stamping this image on watercolor paper without it looking blotchy, so to get the watercolor wash look(ish), I dropped 3 drops of Blushing Bride re-inker onto a clear block (Clear Block C). I spread the ink around the block with an Aquapainter that had plenty of water in the brush, turned the block over, and smushed the ink onto the cardstock while moving it quickly across. I did it twice more until I had the look I wanted. Tip: make sure the block is in motion when you smush it down, meaning don’t just push it onto the cardstock, but push it while also swiping side to side. Otherwise you get square edges and don’t get that watercolor wash look.
After I was happy with the background, I stamped the Stylized Birthday sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink. My sentiment was a little off, so I just trimmed the cardstock down a little.
I added a rectangle of Blooms & Bliss designer series paper (on sale now!). I love this piece of paper, because it’s mostly Blushing Bride (in varying intensities) with just a hint of faded Rich Razzleberry here and there.
I added a rectangle of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper on top of the DSP (designer series paper), then put my sentiment on top using dimensionals. Few adhesives actually stick to the Glimmer Paper, so for the dimensionals that would go on the Glimmer Paper, I also added Crystal Effects (retired, but you could use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen or even the Multipurpose Liquid Glue) to the dimensionals.
Do you LOVE this tassel? ME TOO. I was so excited when I accidentally did this. I decided to rip apart the 5/8″ Mint Macaron Mini Striped Ribbon to see what the frayed ribbon would look like (I can never visualize it until it’s done), and the half I ripped off came out like this. All these fine, beautiful hairs! So I folded them in half, then tied some Silver Metallic Thread around the top. I left the thread long so it would blend in and accent the tassel. I glued it to the Glimmer Paper with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (put the glue on the gather and also around a little of the top loop). IN LOVE with this. And now I need this ribbon in the other colors. I’m thinking Delighful Dijon for my fall birthday and Thanksgiving projects.
I finished off the card with more of those fabulous Fancy Frost Sequins, because they’re delicious.
I finished the inside of my card using Whisper White cardstock and the Confetti Celebration stamp set. I stamped the lights in Mint Macaron, and I stamped the single happy balloon in Rich Razzleberry. Tip: Adding a layer to the inside of your card helps to balance the weight of the card so it doesn’t fall down when your recipient displays it.
This card is so fast and easy to whip up! I recommend making up a stack of 20 and keeping them on-hand for birthdays throughout the year. You can vary the colors, the DSP, the color of glimmer paper, the color of tassel (this ribbon comes in all 5 of the 2015-2017 In Colors!). Use the Gorgeous Grunge or Timeless Textures stamps behind the sentiment for a different look. Change the sentiment and this can be used for baby cards, wedding cards, Christmas — it’s an easy design for any occasion.
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