Happy Happy Birthday to You

The fourth card I made with background stamps was my favorite.  I used Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp on Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper, stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Stampin Stuff Clear Embossing Powder.

I applied Distress inks with Tsukineko Sponge Daubers. The following inks were used: Picket Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Mustard Seed. Using a water bottle a fine mist of water was added to the watercolor paper to help the colors blend.  The results were a bright and colorful background.


Once the background was dry a panel was cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die.  The flowers received a coating of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Using the same die as the front panel a strip of heavy weight white vellum was run through the Big Shot twice so that it measured 1 3/8″ x 5 1/2″. The vellum was prepped with an anti-static bag and the sentiment from C. C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings was stamped with VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Recollections Snow Embossing Powder and heat set with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  The vellum greeting was centered on the bottom of the front panel, wrapped around the edge,s and taped in place with Scotch Tape.

3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the panel, which was then adhered to a cardbase 4 1/4″ x 11″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and scored at 5 1/2″ for a  top folding card.

On the inside of the card a sentiment from My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings was stamped with Hero Hues Black ink. A strip of the watercolor background was added to the bottom of the page and the card was done.


Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Heavy Weight White Vellum
  • Hero Arts Flower Wallpaper stamp
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings stamp
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Distress Ink as Listed Above
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • Scotch Tape
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape


Happy Birthday Julie

I made this card for my sister Julie.  Her favorite color is ice blue and I wanted it to be elegant, because she is an elegant lady.  What is more elegant with ice blue than white and silver.  This is what inspired the design.


I found some ice blue paper in my stock and cut a panel using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  Since I wanted to have a strip of silver glitter cardstock on the left I recut the panel making it slightly narrower.  Using Hero Arts Leafy Vine Background I prepped the panel with my embossing buddy before stamping with VersaMark ink.  I then applied Reflections Snow embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun.  This created a lovely background.

I created a top folding card by cutting Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored to 5 1/2″. I cut a small strip of American Craft Silver Glitter cardstock and adhered it to card base on the left.

Using some heavy weight velum I prepped it with my embossing buddy and stamped a sentiment from C.C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings with VersaMark ink and added Ranger Super Find Detail Silver Embossing Powder and heat set it with my heat gun.  I made sure the velum was wider than the ice blue panel so that I could wrap it around the edges and adhere it with scotch tape on the back. I then cut some white craft foam slightly smaller than the ice blue panel and adhered it with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then adhered the completed panel to the card front.

Butterflies were cut from silver glitter cardstock with Martha Stewart’s 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch and Martha Stewart’s Classic Butterfly Punch. The center of the butterflies were adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  On the largest butterfly Zot Glue Dots were rolled and placed under the wings to add dimension.  Recollections clear mini gemstones were adhered to front of the card and it was done.

Products Used:

  • Hero Arts Leafy Vine Background, VersaMark Ink, Recollections Snow Embossing Powder
  • C.C. Designs Amy R. Great Birthday Greetings
  • Hero Arts Yummy Treats (Inside)
  • American Crafts Glitter Cardstock Silver
  • Martha Stewart 3-1 Classic Butterfly Punch
  • Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Punch
  • Recollections Clear Gemstones
  • Ranger Silver Detail Embossing Powder
  • Vellum
  • Largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • ⅜ Zots Glue Dots Rolled
  • Sizzix Big Shot