Foiled Have an All-Star Birthday

I have a lot of background panels that I have created white experimenting the the Crafter’s Companion FoilPress. It has been so much fun seeing how all these different dies turn out. Most do a wonderful job.

For this card I used the Memory Box Starry Night Background Die. It was foiled onto ivory cardstock with gold hot foil and then cut down with a stitched rectangle die.

Going with the look of the background I pulled out a Spellbinders Star Die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock. I liked the way it looked, but on the same magnetic panel I had the Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die. It was the exact same shape as the Spellbinders star and so I decided to emboss it into the mirror cardstock star.

I have the My Favorite Things Written in the Stars stamp and die and decided to cut the word “Star” from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Craft Cardstock. This care some additional visual interest with the two different colors of gold mirror. The word was also cut from sticky back foam. Once the mirror word was adhered to the foam a gold Copic Marker was used on the side of the foam so that it would blend in better with the background and not show a stark white edge.

I didn’t have a stamp for the secondary sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word and printed it with a gold font. It was then cut into strips using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label.

A mat of gold mirror cardstock was added to the starry night background and then adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase. The star was adhered on an angle with liquid glue and the word die cut was adhered below. The foam was cut away from the top of the “t” that overlapped the star so that it would be level. Strips of sticky back foam was added to the secondary banners and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Written in the Stars
  • Microsoft Word Banners Calibri Pt 16
  • Spellbinders Stars Five Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Vented Star Die
  • Memory Box Starry Night Background Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Crafter’s Companion Gold Hot Foil
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Copper Kraft Stock Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Copic Markers YR24
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Foiled Layered Cupcake Happiest of Birthdays

I decided to use the navy and silver foil color scheme for a masculine birthday card. I foiled the chevron background and then die cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle.

For the focal image I pulled out the Altenew Layered Cupcake Stamp and coordinating die. This is a layering stamp, but I like the way it looks when colored with Copic Markers. I first stamped it with gray ink, colored it with Copics, and then stamped it again with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it silver. It was then die cut using the coordinating die.

The sentiment was foiled with a scrap of navy cardstock and silver foil, then cut into a fishtail banner with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip.

To assemble the card the chevron background was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mama Foam Tape. To add dimension to the cupcake it was cut again with with blue sticky back foam, which was adhered to the back of the cupcake and then adhered to the chevron background with liquid glue. A thin strip of foam was also added to the sentiment strip and adhered just below the cupcake. The final embellishment was to add confetti drops to the frosting using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Midnight Blue and Silver.

I love the look of the lighter blue focal image on the navy cardstock.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Midnight Blue and Silver Linings
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die
  • Copic Markers: B99, B97, B95, B45, B41, B91; E53, E51, E50, W3, W1, W0
  • Crafter’s Companion Silver Hot Foil
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight In the Navy Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Sticky Back Blue Foam
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pink & Main Sentiments Strip

Hot Foil Hope Your Birthday is a Hit

I used Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle Background to hot foil a panel with silver foil for this card. The foil adds such great visual interest to a card.

I have been pulling out some of my dies that I haven’t used for awhile. I love this Honey Bee Stamps for the Record stamp and dies. I am a music fan and the record, controls, and player arm makes a terrific card.

I used black, red, and silver mirror cardstock to cut out the elements of the record player. I used smaller circle dies to add behind the record and base of the arm to pop them up on the card.

I stamped the sentiment onto red mirror cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it silver. I love Honey Bee Stamps sentiments because they come with matching dies. I die cut the sentiment from red sticky back foam to pop it up on the card as well.

A top folding cardbase was used and the elements of the card were adhered with liquid glue.

This die set makes a great masculine birthday card, or its great for anyone who is a music lover.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps For the Record Stamp and Dies
  • Gina Marie Designs Stud Dot Argyle
  • Crafter’s Companion Papercraft Silver Hot Foil
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Paper Accents Red, Silver and Black Mirror Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Red Hot Foil Big Birthday Wishes

This card uses the waste from hot foiling the My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes with red foil. I’ve found that foiling the waste can be hit and miss. Most of the time you do not get full coverage. That was the case with this card. The edges were not well covered, so I cut the panel down with a stitched rectangle. If you look closely there are a few small areas were the coverage isn’t precise, which gives it a little distressed look.

I added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the back of the panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase. It needed a little more visual interest and so I cut the mini cupcake and candle from My Favorite Things from white glitter cardstock and the candle again from gold mirror cardstock and adhered everything together with liquid glue. Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and the candles was adhered to the base of the “I” in the word “BIG” and I liked that much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes Die
  • My Favorite Things Mini Cupcake Maker Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Paper Accents White Glitter Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Red Hot Foil
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Gold & Red Big Birthday Wishes

This card is an example of how you can mess up on a card and still salvage it.

I first hot foiled the Big Birthday Wishes die onto white cardstock with red hot foil. There was too much white space on the card and not enough visual interest and so I began coloring the inside of the foiled words with Copic Markers and hated the color combo I used and threw it in the trash. After creating a card with the waste leftover from the foiling I pulled it out of the trash and decided to cut the die from gold foil and fill in the letters. When you do this you can no longer see the foiled lines of the die, but at least it didn’t go to waste.

Before adding the gold letters I ran the background through the Big Shot with the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle Die. I really like the visual interest with the corners of this die.

I decided to add foam behind the word “big” which makes it pop on the page and enhances the word itself. I liked the way it looked but it needed a pop of color so I die cut a patterned candle from red mirror cardstock and the background with the flame from gold mirror. This way the flame can be yellow in color. I added some Copic Coloring to have some variation in the color of the flame. The candle was then adhered over the “I” in the word Big.

I used a red top folding cardbase to add an additional pop of color to the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes Die
  • Elizabeth Craft Birthday Candles
  • Copic Markers: YR27, YR24, YR23
  • Paper Accents Red and Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Red Hot Foil
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Red
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle Die
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Metallic Squares Happy Birthday

From the previous card I made I had three red mirror squares leftover. I wanted to put them to use on a card, but I wanted a different layout, so I cut three more squares and adhered them to a panel of white cardstock in a grid of 3 x 2. I decided to cut down the panel so that there was a smaller white border of cardstock around the square using a stitched rectangle. If I had to do this again I would place a piece of printer paper over the panel. If your cutting plates are well used you might get a few indentations and imperfections in the mirror cardstock. They weren’t significant so I proceeded with the project, but it would have been better if I had protected the mirror cardstock.

I went through my birthday stamps to find some images that could be stamped in the squares. I decided to use VersaMark Ink and heat emboss them white. I decided to add a mat of red mirror cardstock behind the focal images panel. This helped it to pop on the white cardbase. I also decided to embossed the front of the cardbase for some additional visual interest.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Art Impressions Aged to Perfection
  • Art Impressions Birthday Wishes
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp Party Like a Panda
  • Paper Accents Red Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Square Dies
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Darice Argyle Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Stop Drop Party Shaker Birthday

I was needing some masculine birthday cards and thought about using three cutout squares across a card front. I don’t have a die that will cut all three, so I took a quarter sheet panel of cardstock and drew a line across the card where I wanted the bottom of the squares to be. I marked the center of the card with pencil and placed the square die so it aligned with both markings. I then marked with pencil the spacing I wanted between the dies and simply aligned them with the marked lines and tick mark. It worked great.

I cut down the panel using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. For some visual interest I ran the panel through the Big Shot using Stampin’ Up Brick and Mortar Embossing Folding. To define the bricks I ink blended some Distress Oxide Weathered Wood.

I wanted a sentiment in the center box and so I laid it on another panel of cardstock and drew a pencil mark around the square to know the perfect placement. I went through my stamp to find a great sentiment to fit in the square.

A strip of acetate was adhered to the back of the windows and then double thickness foam tape was added around the windows and the entire back of the card. Black and silver sequins and silver beads were placed in the wells of the two outer squares. The paper backing was removed from the foam tape and then the stamped panel was placed on the back.

I liked the card, but I wanted to add a pop of color. I gook some red mirror cardstock and heat foiled a sentiment with silver foil and then cut it out using a Pink and Main sentiment Strip. I decided to cut out a small cupcake with silver mirror cardstock for the cupcake and red mirror for the cherry. It was adhered to the left of the sentiment strip, which was adhered to the front of the card with liquid glue.

I liked it, but I felt I needed a bit more red. The square dies I had used were from Ellen Hutson’s Essential line. They cut a thin frame as well as the shape. I decided to cut the squares again from red mirror cardstock and adhered the thin frame into the center of the squares. It was just what was needed.

The shaker card front was placed on a side folding red cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • CZ Designs Stop Drop Party
  • Spellbinders Glimmer More Sentiments
  • Stampin’ Up Brick and Mortar Embossing Folding
  • Paper Accents Red and Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Cherry Red Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Square Dies
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Gemini FoilPress Silver Foil
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Distress Oxide Weathered Wood Ink
  • My Favorite Things Mini Cupcake Maker
  • Honey Bee Stamps Galaxy Sequin Mix
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Silver Sequins
  • Pink and Main Sentiment Strip

Golden Plaid Happy Birthday

I was cleaning out a box of cardstock cardbases I never use and ran across this panel of ivory cardstock with a dark brown mat and decided to put it to use. I searched through my patterned cardstock pack and found this pretty plaid that would work with the brown mat. I cut it down using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, which gives a very small border when placed on a card front. Now I needed to figure out what to use as a focal image.

I finally decided to pull out the My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window. I love the pouches, they make it so easy to create a shaker card. I cut it from gold mirror cardstock and filled it with gold beads and brown sequins and adhered it and the balloon string with liquid glue to the ivory panel.

The sentiment is from a favorite of mine, Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy. It has three different happy stamps with matching dies. I stamped one of the words with VersaMark Ink, heat embossed it with copper embossing powder, and cut it out with the coordinating die. I also cut it from sticky back foam for some dimension. I placed it on the card front to determine where to stamp the secondary greeting with Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa Ink and then adhered it with liquid glue.

The card front was kind of blah and so I pulled out the shaker die set and cut out some of the filler images, cakes with candles, stars, and ribbon confetti swirls from gold mirror cardstock and scattered them around the balloon and sentiment. I liked that much better.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Balloons Shaker Window
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Pouch
  • Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa Ink
  • Golden Yellow and Brown Plaid Cardstock from Stash
  • Bazzill Chocolate Brown Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Mikuki Seed Beads Honey Butter and Gold
  • LilacLane Puppy Paws Sequin Mix
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder

Golden Birthday Wishes

I wanted to try using some of the foil dies borders from Spellbinders. I first stamped the My Favorite Things Balloon Bundle with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I used Arteza Real Brush Pens to color the image. I like these pens because they seem to retain a depth of color when water is added.

Once the color was complete and dry I pulled out the a Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Rectangle to add a gold foil border around the image. I learned not to be stingy on the foil. My piece was almost too small and some of the dots on the right don’t have as crisp of a foil debossing, but good enough that I didn’t throw it away. I tried foiling the sentiment at the same time as the rectangle. If found out that it is best to foil separately. The sentiment wasn’t crisp and so I foiled it again onto a scrap of cardstock and then die cut it with a Honey Bee Stamps Banner Die.

I cut down the focal image rectangle using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and added Darice Sticky Back Foam to the back for dimension. However, I didn’t like the way it looked with the black ink around the balloons. The stamp was still in my MISTI, but I had cut down the cardstock. I carefully placed the die cut rectangle into the negative opening of the rectangle and then stamped over the balloons with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.

Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the sentiment and it was adhered directly below the balloons. The card was now done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Balloon Bundle
  • Spellbinders Glimmer Everyday Sentiments
  • Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Rectangles
  • Arteza Real Brush Pens: 101 Red, 112 Orange, 128 Bumblebee Yellow, 150 Pea Green, 145 Fresh Green, 123 Peacock Blue, 109 Violet, 149 Bubblegum Pink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Honey Bee Banner Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Gemini FoilPress Gold Foil
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Happy Birthday Cupcake

I had the leftover positive circle from the last card I made sitting on my desk and thought I needed to put it to good use. It was the perfect size for a cupcake using My Favorite Things Cupcake and Sprinkles Die.

The cupcake liner was cut from plaid cardstock I had sitting on my desk from another card I made. The frosting top of the cupcake and the candle was cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. All pieces of the cupcake were adhered together using liquid glue.

Another plaid from the same Lawn Fawn Plaid Paper Pack was used to cut a stitched rectangle just smaller than a card front. It was adhered to a top folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

A circle of sticky back foam was added to the back of the circle and adhered to the top of the card front with liquid glue. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and it was adhered to the center of the white circle, on a slight angle.

The sentiment was stamped using a similar blue ink to the Copic Marker colors onto white cardstock and then die cut using the coordinating die. The word was also cut from sticky back foam to add dimension. The word has some open diagonal strips that were colored with blue and gray Copic Markers to match the plaid on the cupcake. The secondary sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of cards that was ink blended with the same blue used on the “Happy” sentiment. Once it was dry the word “birthday” was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. It was cut down using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die. A gray Copic Marker was used to line the edges and it was adhered below the die cut word with foam tape.

The final embellishment was to add Ranger Crystal Stickles to the cupcake frosting, candle flame, and word die.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Cupcake & Sprinkles
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Copic Markers: B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000; Y17, Y13, C4, C2
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter Paper Pack
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive