Wednesday, January 6, 2016

For You Birthday Card

Our friend, Fran, will be celebrating a birthday in a few weeks. Because she's a big fan of handmade cards, I knew I needed to have a card ready for her. I decided to use Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #141 for the design.

The card base was covered with stamped off flowers. The front of the card base was die cut with openwork flowers then backed with gold-imprinted vellum and white card stock. The large flower was punched four times: two from cardstock and two from the gold-imprinted vellum. The petals were rounded using a bone folder. The bottom flower is cardstock, sponged with gold ink and adhered to the card. The second flower is cardstock, sponged with Island Indigo ink and adhered to the first flower. The third and fourth flowers are gold-imprinted vellum sponged with gold ink and adhered to the cardstock flowers. The center was die cut, adhered and covered with Glossy Accents. This gold ink is the best I've ever used and it dries quickly.

For the sentiment, a piece of cardstock and a piece of gold-imprinted vellum were cut from the same die. The vellum die cut was adhered to the white cardstock die cut. The sentiment was stamped in white ink, punched from cardstock and adhered. The entire sentiment piece was popped up with foam tape. The inside of the card was lined with a die cut panel of white cardstock stamped with "Happy Birthday", leaving sufficient space for a personal note.

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Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, stamping off, punching
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Fabulous Florets; MFT All Occasion Sentiments
Inks: White Craft, Island Indigo; Memento Tuxedo Black (inside); Tsukineko Delicata Gold
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo
DSP: Vellum stack
Dies: Spellbinders Eyelet Circles, Resplendent Rectangles; Frantic Stamper Floral Card Band
Punches: Word Window, Blossom
Misc.: Craft foam, Glossy Accents


  1. So pretty Melanie! I love the colors scheme and your flower with the gold touches is beautiful! :)

  2. Very nice card, Melanie! You've got a lucky friend to receive this card. I myself need to remember that white sentiments look great on colored cards! Thanks for playing this week at AHSC! :)

  3. This is beautiful. Love the colors you used! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic hearts!

  4. love the gold accents, a lot of detail on the flower. very nice. Thank you for joining us at AHSC.

  5. Love the die you used, and the color of blue is very pretty...very striking card.

  6. Eye-catching and beautiful. the gold is stunning! :) TYFS!

  7. I love the different dimensions on this card, there is a lot going on but it all works so well together and adds visual interest, wonderful job! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  8. Love the layers and colors, great job! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

    Linda, DT AHSC

  9. WOW! Love the colors you chose! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Jess - DT