After yesterday’s Post-It Note® project I wanted to create something much more colourful today. As luck would have it, over the weekend I received an e-mail from the Paper Players with their latest design challenge. Their Color Challenge PP558 included some of my favourite colours that reminded me of the Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). So with the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set added to my desk I set to work creating this elegant birthday card.
BLACKBERRY BEAUTY DSP
I began by choosing the gilded oak leaf pattern from the Blackberry Beauty DSP and cut a 6″ x 6″ piece. Right now I’m finding lots of different ways to create a card and decorate the inside and envelope using just a 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP. So this would be another in that series.
From the 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP I first cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ strip. Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached it to the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper using the edge of the flap as a guide,
From the remaining DSP I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip. Then I glued that down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I added a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Blackberry Bliss Card against the left edge of the DSP and set it aside.
Now I needed to cut and score some Rich Razzleberry Card for my card base. I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then I glued the Very Vanilla layer on the inside and set it aside once again.
For the front of the card I trimmed down what was left of the DSP to 3″ x 5-1/2″, leaving just a small scrap from my original 6″ x 6″ piece.
Looking back at the colour challenge I realised that I still needed to add Polished Pink to my project. So I decided that this would be perfect for the sentiment layer.
From the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set I chose the “happy birthday” sentiment. Then using Blackberry Bliss ink I stamped it onto some Polished Pink Card before setting it aside while I worked on the remaining layers.
First, using liquid glue I mounted the 3″ x 5-1/2″ piece of DSP onto a 3-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ layer of Polished Pink Card. Then I glued that to a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Blackberry Bliss Card. Finally I added the assembled layers to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
At last I knew what I wanted to do with my sentiment.
From the Seasonal Labels Dies I took the smallest one with scalloped ends. I placed the die around the sentiment with the words over towards the left end of the die. Then I ran it through my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine. Once that was done I used my Paper Trimmer to cut off the excess card to the right of the sentiment.
However, before adding it to the card I wanted to add just a little more detail. So I fixed some Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of the sentiment at the scalloped end and removed the backing paper. Then I used it to attach some loops of gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim pack.
Once I was happy with the loops I fixed some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and added it to the card front. With that my birthday card was complete.
Colour challenges are probably one of the easiest to take part in and I particularly loved this one. My fourth colour was the extra touches of gold that coordinated with the gorgeous paper. Thank you Paper Players team for inspiring my project today with PP558.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Seasonal Labels Dies with the Coordinating Christmas Season Stamp Set (not used today). Buying the two items together using a single “bundle” item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.