Hello, crafty friends! I hope you are all doing well. I have been a bit absent over the past week, mainly due to migraines. Blech. But I’m back and hopefully will be finding some creative mojo again this week. We celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday yesterday, so I did have a happy occasion to start with. I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever be able to make someone’s 50th birthday card without using these amazing number dies from The Stamp Market. Of course, that all hinges on being able to find one of the “5” dies that I lost while making this card the other day! Crossing fingers…
Making the Card
I just recently got this amazing stencil set from Pretty Pink Posh, so I was excited to try it out for the first time. For the first stencil, which gives the main shape of the candles, I used the following Distress Ink colors: Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass. For the second stencil, which gives the design on the candles, I used Kitsch Flamingo, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Broken China. And for the stencil that gives the flames, I used Mustard Seed and then came back in with Fossilized Amber towards the bottom of the flames. Since the stencils are 6″x6″, I find it easy to start with a 6″x6″ panel of white card stock and put it in the corner of my Mini Stencil Mat. That way, I can just lay each stencil over the panel without having to line things up each time. The stencil mat keeps my paper in place without having to tape it down.
Once I was done stenciling the colors, I had to think ahead. I knew I wanted to have shaker numbers with the stenciled design showing through. But I also knew that I wanted to add some glimmer paste to the candles. That presents a bit of a problem since the glimmer paste adds uneven dimension, and I needed my numbers to sit flat on the panel so that the shaker bits would stay inside. There’s nothing like a shaker card gone bad, right?? My solution was to use masking paper. I die cut the numbers out of the masking paper, and then laid those numbers onto my panel where I knew I wanted them positioned. Once I had those in place, I could go back in with the second stencil and apply the glimmer paste. I love the Moonstone glimmer paste because it’s clear and just enhances the color underneath it. Once I was done applying the paste, I removed the number masks and set the panel aside to dry.
Now for the shaker part! I cut the outlines for each number out of thick white card stock six times. I layered those up with liquid glue, and then I glued those to my panel in the exact position that I had placed those masks. Luckily my plan worked, and the numbers sat flat on my panel. I should take a step back and mention that I had cut down my panel a bit and adhered it to a white card base. It’s not a standard size card, and that’s okay – it doesn’t always have to be! Back to the shakers – I added some small clear sequins inside the wells of the numbers, applied liquid glue to the top of the numbers and laid my acetate numbers carefully on top. I then glued the pink glitter stock numbers on top. For a final detail, I added Midas shimmer pen detail to the flames. As the title of this blog post implies, I added just about every kind of sparkle I could think of on this card!
I love how the card turned out. It’s just festive enough to celebrate the occasion and distract my friend from thoughts of shingles vaccines and all of the other fun stuff that comes along with turning 50 – hee hee. Thanks for joining me today, and I hope this card brings a smile to your face, as well.
Wishing you all a crafty day,
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