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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Birthday Card inspiration

Hello everyone

So, today I have an 8x8 birthday card to share with you which uses a number of products currently available in our shop.

Ingredients (all available in our shop):
Ranger Letter It stamp set Birthday
Sara Signature Parisian Collection paper pad
Sizzix Thinlits My Life Handmade Garden Florals (662514)
Sizzix Thinlits Butterflies by Sophie Guilar (662516)
Sizzix Thinlits Pretty Wreath by Pete Hughes (662575 - looks like we only have 1 of these left in stock - best grab it quick!)
Sizzix Thinlits Blossom Frame (662856)
Sizzix Bigz Opulent Vine (662505)
Sizzix Bigz Rustic Bouquet (662501)
Sweet Dixie Nesting Ovals (SDD164)
Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin collection die Mini Jardin Corners (CO725938)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick and Pumice Stone
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink Pad
Acrylic block
Foam pads
Double-sided adhesive tape

  1. Cover the front of your card blank (I used an 8x8 size - tent fold (crease at the top, so it looks like a tent when it is standing up) with your chosen paper using double-sided adhesive tape, leaving a narrow border all round.
  2. Cut a rectangle of white card and, using a co-ordinating paper, cover that, again leaving a narrow border all round. Fix this at an angle on the card front.
  3. Fussy cut the leaves from the green sheet (which features a large image of a lady in a hat and dress) and glue this on the left to form a kind of border. Apply a little pumice stone ink around the edges for definition.
  4. Die-cut the pretty wreath out of black card and glue that in place.
  5. Die-cut the Opulent Vine twice from green paper from the paper pad. Apply a little pumice stone ink around the edges for definition.
  6. Die-cut the Rustic Bouquet flowers out of another co-ordinating sheet from the paper pad, ensuring you have enough petals to make two generous layered blooms.
  7. Using the distress inks, colour the backs of the flowers (these papers are single-sided so plain white on the reverse). Then layer up your blooms using half from the patterned side of the paper and half from the plain, inked side of the paper, to provide contrast and glue the layers together. Use a curling tool or anything with a round handle (I used the handle of my pokey tool) to curl the petals in a little to add shape.
  8. For the centres of the flowers, use the stamen die from the Thinlits Garden Florals set and die-cut twice from black card. Glue one into the centre of each flower and gently tease up the stamens to add shape.
  9. Glue the opulent vine leaves to the back of the flowers and then fix these in place on your card.
  10. Die-cut the butterfly from the Thinlits Garden Florals set once, and a smaller butterfly from the Thinlits Butterflies set, again using co-ordinating paper. Fix these in place and add a clear rhinestone (or two) to the bodies.
  11. Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Letter It set using black archival ink onto white card and cut the card into a pennant shape. Ink around the edges a little and add three clear rhinestones. Fix this to the card front using foam pads.

Now for the inside of the card!

  1. Select a matching paper and fix to the inside, again leaving a narrow border.
  2. Die-cut the floral frame from one of the green papers using the Thinlits Blossom Frame die. Apply pumice stone ink around the edges for definition. Fix this to your card.
  3. Die-cut an oval from white card using the Sweet Dixie Nesting Ovals die set. It needs to be large enough to cover the central oval space in the blossom frame and to accommodate your chosen sentiment. Ink it around the edges with the Worn Lipstick distress ink.
  4. Stamp your sentiment using the jet black archival ink. I used a sentiment from the Ranger Letter It Birthday stamp set.
  5. Add two decorative corners using the Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin collection Mini Jardin Corners die and fix these in place at opposite corners as shown.
Now for the third panel. This is a bit more of a reflection of the design on the front of the card.

  1. Cover with the same paper as the other panels.
  2. Create a rectangle using white card covered with the same co-ordinating paper as used on the rectangle on the front of the card and fix this at an angle to the card base.
  3. Create a smaller version of the flower you used on the front, using the same steps as previously described.
  4. Cut a further two opulent vines. Ink them around the edges as before. Fix the flower and foliage to the bottom right corner of the rectangle.
  5. Add two decorative corners at opposite corners, as for panel 2.
So, that completes your two inside panels!

And that's it! Your card is complete!

Here are a few close-ups of some of the detail:


I hope you will have a go at this card, or something similar. I love how so many different products can be used together in one project, and that's what it's all about for me. It was a joy to work on and the finished card, well, let's just say I'm rather pleased with it!

Bye for now.
Julie x

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