Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Bright Birthday

03/15/2017 Update: Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #212.

I like the color pink but it is a color I rarely wear. I have never used it in home décor (I had no baby girls) but I love to use it when making cards. The layout of this bright pink card was inspired by a sketch. Using several cutting methods was the result of a challenge theme and the colors came from the scrap of patterned paper on the front. I can always use birthday cards, so it was also well-suited for the two birthday challenges.
A panel of bright pink cardstock was stamped with a grunge design and adhered to a black card base. The patterned paper was layered onto a panel of pink that had been cut with a border die, then adhered to a panel of black cardstock. This was backed with Dimensionals foam. In keeping with the sketch, a strip of cardstock and ribbon were layered horizontally with foam for dimension.
The flower was stamped, colored and fussy cut. I did not wish to introduce the color green, so used tones of gray for the leaves and stem. The sentiment was stamped and simply added to the top right of the design with foam tape. The inside was lined with white cardstock edged with a border die and then a strip of patterned paper.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #202 

2. The Paper Players #334

3. Cut It Up # 116
    (Theme: Birthday & include a die cut)

4. Seize the Birthday
    (Theme: Anything Goes)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, sponging, fussy cutting, die cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Gorgeous Grunge" & "Gifts of Kindness" (sentiment); Altenew "Persian Motifs"
Ink: Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink; Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic (alcohol)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush
Paper: Photoplay "So Loved" Collection
Die: Mama Elephant Border Die
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam; black satin ribbon from stash


  1. Oh my goodness Melanie, that is beautiful! I love the colors and your design showcases your flower perfectly. Stunning! :)

  2. This is a beautiful colour combination and that flower at the bottom is the perfect touch to complement the floral pattern at the side. The black sets off the bold pink just right. Thanks for sharing your talent with us once again at Atlantic Hearts :)

  3. How pretty in pinks! I love the sentiment placed over the splash of black; very beautiful! Thanks for joining us over at Cut It Up for our Happy Birthday Challenge!

  4. What a gorgeous card! Beautiful coloring and design. Hugs, Autumn

  5. Such a pretty card Melanie! I really think your flower is colored fabulously! Love the splat of black too. Thanks for joining the girls and I at Seize the Birthday!

  6. Oh how pretty, and love the splattering...beautifully colored flower. Hey, shouldn't this go into the flower challenge too?

    1. Just went into AHSC and saw your card after writing comment above, just wanted to thank you for sharing with us at AHSC this week...beautiful card.

    2. One of the above challenges does not permit more than four challenges so I decided not to include in The Flower Challenge.

  7. This is such a perfect shade of pink - and the patterned paper is sweet! And using grey rather than green was a wonderful choice! Thanks for playing along with us at Atlantic Hearts! ~Amber

  8. I like pink with black and with brown. Both look so sophisticated, and your card is no exception. I love the splotch of black. It reminds me that girls can be feminine and still get their hands dirty!

    My hardly-ever-use color is purple, but it always turns out pretty when I do. Anyhow, thanks for joining us for our Birthday Card challenge at Cut it Up!


  9. Beautiful! Loving all that pink!!!! Thanks for playing with us at The Paper Players.

  10. Gorgeous! Your cards are all stunning! Thanks for sharing this with us this week!

  11. I love the grunge with the dainty, they work so well together. Great job! Thanks for playing along with AHSC!

    Brandi R.
    AHSC DT member

  12. Pink isn't my favorite color either, but it does look lovely and soothing on a card. Nice to have paper that matches your flower, Melanie, and it made for a very cohesive and beautiful card!

  13. Wowza! Beautiful flowers... love that paper too... gorgeous card. Pink is one of my favorite colors! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Atlantic Hearts!

  14. lovely card! I love the pink and black together and the black splatter is the perfect touch! thanks for joining us at AHSC!


  15. I love your card! The flower is coloured beautifully and I love pink and black together as well. Thanks for playing along with us at AHSC!