Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Leap Year Birthday to Joyce

Born in a Leap Year, my friend, Joyce, celebrates her birthday on February 28 although it's actually on February 29. This year she can celebrate on her "real" birthday! The colors were inspired by Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #381. As long as the colors are a very close match to the grid provided they are acceptable. At least three colors must be used. Any additional colors included must also be on the grid. Black, white and defined neutrals are also acceptable. I used all six of the colors plus black and white.
I found a You Tube tutorial with measurements to create a 5" x 7" (A7) step card. After cutting and folding, I adhered black cardstock on the front surfaces. Patterned paper in Lemonade and Lagoon was added to the black layer. The sentiment was die cut from black cardstock. The image was stamped, colored with Copic markers then fussy cut right on the stamped lines. The coordinating die was used on black cardstock to provide a dark outline of the image. The cake was adhered with foam tape. Additional stamping, coloring and fussy cutting provided the variety of flowers added to the card using two depths of foam tape. The card front stands like an easel so a few gems were used as stops. Because the back of the card is used to write a message it was decorated with additional flowers.

The biweekly Color My Heart Challenge #381 begins on Friday, February 14, ending on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Visit the blog and have some fun with our challenge!

Size: A7 (5" x 7")
Techniques: Stamping, coloring, fussy cutting, die cutting, fancy fold

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Happy Birthday to You"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Basic Black; Copic cardstock
Patterned Paper: Close to My Heart "Mix-in" patterned paper
Dies: Stampin' Up! "Birthday" (cake); Paper Rose (sentiment)
Misc.: ZIG Wink of Stella (clear), foam tape, gems from stash


  1. Love this step card with all the details - your colouring is perfect. Great work :)

  2. Wow what a beautiful card! Your coloring is perfect. What a lovely way to make your friend's birthday special.

  3. I have a friend with a leap year birthday too! I only send when he has that birthday! Your card is amazing!

  4. What a lovely birthday card! I love the step card!!

  5. So pretty! Love the black layering under your images, perfectly created! :)

  6. Love your step card, so full of flowers, and hope the flowers on the cake are sister always made cakes with big flowers and we would fight over the additional icing. Beautiful birthday card.

  7. Melanie your card is gorgeous. Haven't made one this shape in a while so must get at it again. Love your cake!! Your pyramid (not) zipper bag sounds lovely!