Hooray I’ve made it to the end of another busy week. Well almost. But at least it’s Friday, and we’ve even got a little sunny weather in the forecast. I’m hoping to spend some time relaxing, but only if I get some important jobs done first. So my plan is to attack those today and leave the weekend clear. But before I get to that, here’s a simple birthday card made special by the gorgeous Texture Chic Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and sentiment from the Celebrating You Stamp Set.
TEXTURE CHIC LAYERS
I began by choosing a Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and gold foil sheet from the Texture Chic 12″ x 12″ Specialty DSP. This plaid pattern would be the main one used on this project. Then all I had to do was flip the DSP over to find a different pattern that complimented it perfectly.
So from the DSP I first cut a 2-7/8″ x 4-5/8″ piece for the main layer. Then I cut a 3″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Soft Suede Card and mounted the DSP onto it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next I cut a piece of the DSP at 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″, followed by a 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ layer of Soft Suede Card. This time I glued the two pieces together with the other side of the DSP showing.
With that done I decided to cut the remaining pieces of DSP needed for my project. I started with a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and glued it to the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess paper with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Finally I cut a 1/2″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the DSP and glued it down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card.
For my card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then with the long side at the top I scored it at 4-1/4″. After folding the card along the scored line, I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
That just left the sentiment pieces to cut and I started with a 1-5/8″ x 2″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut the final layer of Soft Suede Card at 1-3/4″ x 2-1/8″.
CELEBRATING ANY OCCASION
For my sentiment I’d already decided to use the Celebrating You Stamp Set. This set is one of my favourites as it contains 16 sentiment celebrating many different occasions. The sentiments are a good size too, and use a combination of fonts that go together beautifully. Today I reached for “Happy birthday” and a Soft Suede ink pad.
After stamping the sentiment towards the top of the Very Vanilla Card, I glued it to the Soft Suede mat layer. Then I wrapped a piece of gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon around the layers and secured it on the back using Tear & Tape Adhesive. Finally I tied another piece of the ribbon to the first using a simple knot to create a faux bow.
Now all that was left was for me to put the assembled pieces together.
Using liquid glue I first attached the large layered DSP piece to the front of the card base. Then I added the smaller layered DSP piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally I fixed the sentiment into place, stacking the Stampin’ Dimensionals two-high where it was attached to the larger layer of DSP.
Only the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card remained, and once I’d glued that to the inside of the card base I was done.
In terms of techniques and layout this card really is quite simple. However by using paper with gold accents and some scraps of gold ribbon it really become something special. What do you think?