Fancy Flower Cake Birthday Wishes

I love this pretty cake front Power Poppy. It makes a beautiful birthday card. I’ve used it before and colored the frosting chocolate, but this wanted to have a lighter color scheme so I used some light earth tone Copic Markers, along with other colors for the cherries and flowers.

Since this is a digital image I had printed it using the Silhouette registration marks so be cut out with fussy cutting. You can always use the PIXScan mat if you don’t use registration marks, but I’ve found you get a cleaner cut using them.

Foam Tape was added to the back of the cake image. When I laid it on the top folding white card front it needed a little added visual interest. I like to use embossing folders to add some dimension behind an image. I cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Mosaic Embossing Folder and adhered it to the card front using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. This isn’t the easiest foam tape to deal with, it doesn’t ripe and gums up your scissors, but I like the low loft that allows you do add dimension to both a rectangle and image without adding a lot of bulk. The cake was adhered to the card front by removing the paper backing from the tape.

The sentiment was cut from both gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam for dimension. The foam was cut away from the areas of the word that would overlap with the cake base and adhered in place using liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. A Pink & Main Sentiment Strip that has double flags was used to cut the sentiment. Darice Thin Strip Foam was added to the back and it was nestled beneath the die cut word.

Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the cherries on the cake and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen was added to the frosting and the cake was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Power Poppy Fancy Flower Cake
  • WPlus9 Happy Birthday Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
  • Copic Markers: E53, E51, E50; G28, G24; G99, G94, G82; YG67, YG17, YG03; R29, R24, R22; RV17, RV13, R89; RV23, RV02; Y15, Y11, YR15; B93, B91; V06, V04; YR27, YR24, YR21
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Cuttlebug Mosaic Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strips Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Rangre Gloss Accents

Birthday Wishes Cupcake

I am always looking for images that can be used for masculine cards. While I was searching for an image for my daughter-in-law I ran across this Birthday Wishes Cupcake from Polka Doodles and thought it could make a fun card.

This is a digital image so I do not have a coordinating die. I’m not fond of fussy cutting so I printed it with my laser printer, using registration marks in the Silhouette software. This is the easiest way to print and cut an image. The laser printer ensures that the lines do not bleed when coloring with alcohol markers.

Using a plaid background for a masculine card is always good when you have a smaller image. I went through my 6 x 6 paper pad and found this green plaid paper. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle. To match the paper the image was colored with green, blue, and cream Copic Markers, with a touch of yellow for the flame on the candle.

Once the coloring was complete foam tape was added to the back of the image and it was adhered to the center of the plaid rectangle. No additional sentiment is needed since the cupcake liner has the words “Birthday Wishes” in the design. I liked the way it looks, but it was pretty plain and needed a little something extra. So I pulled out the Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel and cut it from blue, green, and yellow cardstock and scattered the positive confetti pieces around the image. It looked so much better.

To add additional visual interest I also decided to pull out the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder and emboss the front of the top folding A2 cardbase. The plaid focal image panel was added to the front of the card with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Polka Doodles Birthday Wishes Cupcake
  • Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel
  • Copic Markers: B95, B91; YG17, YG06; Y15, Y13, Y11; E43, E41, E40, E51
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper Pack
  • Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Rainbow Cake Happy Birthday

I wanted to create a colorful masculine birthday card and went through my stash of patterned paper and selected this great plaid to be the inspiration for my coloring. I have to admit, when I had finished coloring the image I wasn’t sure that I liked it at all and almost toss it in the garbage. I decided it was too busy to add to the plaid background, so I cut a smaller rectangle of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die. Once I placed the neutral white with the colorful cake in the center onto the plaid background I really liked the way it looked.

I’ve heard many times from other cardmakers online not to give up on a project and can attest that you never know how something is really going to look until you get all the elements together.

The plaid paper was cut to the size of an A2 cardbase and adhered using dotliner adhesive. The white rectangle was adhered with the same glue to the center of the card. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the cake, which was placed on the white rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment. I kept the sentiment simple with straight lines and black ink. The cake was then adhered using liquid blue.

As a final embellishment Glossy Accents were added to the blue dots and lines on the cake. Ranger Crystal Stickles was added to the flame on the candle and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Crafts Beautiful Birthday Cake Digi
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • Copic Markers: YR16, YR15, YR14; Y17, Y15, Y13; B24, B23, B21; YG06, YG01; R27, R24, R22
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper Pad
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Burgundy Birthday Wishes

When I cut an image using my Silhouette Cameo I like to fill the page with images so that I don’t waste paper. When I was coloring my daughter-in-laws card the burgundy Copic Marker rested on the bottom of this image and I knew if I wanted to salvage the image I was going to have to use that color in the design. I decided to keep it simple. I only used burgundy and a light gray to color the image. With the exception of a little yellow for the candle flame.

Since I wanted this to be a masculine birthday card, I looked through my stash of papers and found this great gray and white gingham. A rectangle was cut using a stitched rectangle and then it was adhered to a top folding gray cardbase.

A scrap of white cardstock was colored with the same burgundy markers and the word “wishes” was die cut from it, and again from sticky back foam to add dimension. Sticky back foam was also added to the back of the cake and then both the cake and die cut word were placed on the card front to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with a burgundy red ink. Both the cake and sentiment were adhered on the card front using liquid glue.

As a final embellishment Ranger Glossy Accents was added to the burgundy element on the cake and the word “wishes” and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Crafts Beautiful Birthday Cake Digi
  • My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Copic Markers: RV69, R39, R37; W1, W0; YR24, Y15
  • Altenew Ink Velvet
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Honey Bee Stamps Back to Basics Paper Pad
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Grey Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Have an Amazing Birthday Monica

My daughter-in-law Monica used to be a little goth. She still likes black and skulls, maybe it’s a little fall back to her Mexican American heritage and the Sugar Skulls that are part of Halloween. She also insists that she is going to be 29 every year until the end of time (smile). Don’t we all wish! When I saw this cute image from Polka Doodles I knew it would make the perfect birthday card for her.

This is a digital image, so I printed it using registration marks in my Silhouette Cameo so that I could have the machine cut out the image. Monica has burgundy highlights in her beautiful dark hair and so that is the way I colored the hair on this cut girl holding a skull in her hand. The dress of course is black, but the color and cuffs are burgundy. You can’t see them very well with the placement of the sentiment, but the girl is wearing boots, which is a type of shoe Monica loves and wears often.

I love the phrases that are part of Simon Says Stamp You Matter Background. I stamped it on some cardstock using a light gray ink and then die cut it with a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a burgundy cardbase. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the image before adhering it to the cardbase. The word “amazing” is used several times in the background stamp and so I pulled out the Frantic Stamper Amazing die and cut it from silver mirror cardstock and white sticky back foam. It was adhered at the bottom of the card front with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment were stamped onto burgundy cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed silver. They were cut into thin strips with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label die and adhered using foam tape. The final embellishment was to add Ranger Silver Stickles to the button on the cuffs and at her ears for earrings.

I hope it brings a smile to her face.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Polka Doodles Winnie Wednesday with Skull
  • Frantic Stamper Amazing Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Simon Says Stamp You Matter Background
  • Copic Markers: RV69, R39, R37; E49, E79, E77, E49; W6, W3, W1; C9, C7, C6, C5, C4, C2; E15, E13, E11, E01, R21; YR24, YR21; YG99, YG93; R24, R22
  • Gina K. Designs Ink Soft Stone
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Maroon Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina Marie Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Silver Stickles

Jumbo Garden Picks Happy Day

I have had Altenew’s Garden Picks for quite sometime and have used these dies many, many times and love them. When I saw that they were offering a jumbo size garden picks die I immediately went out a purchased them. They do not disappoint.

I decided to use watercolored paper for my flower layers. I cut the layers from Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor Paper and pulled out my Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors. I decided on a warm orange and yellow palette. Once the layers were thoroughly dry they were adhered together using liquid glue.

A panel of white cardstock was die cut using a scalloped rectangle and then dry embossing with Stampin’ Up’s Subtle embossing folder. It was adhered to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue.

The flowers and leaves were arranged on the embossed scalloped rectangle and then picked up with Press ‘n Seal. The leaves and small flowers were adhered with liquid glue. The two smaller flowers were adhered with one layer of Simon Says Stamp Foam Tape and the larger center flower was adhered with two layers of foam tape.

I tried creating the sentiment with black cardstock and white embossing, but didn’t like it. It covered too much of the pretty flowers. There was a small area underneath the large flower where a die cut “HAPPY” could nestle. It was cut from gold glitter cardstock and stick back foam and adhered together. I decided to try and stamp the secondary greeting directly onto the card front with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink, crossing my fingers that I would get a good impression with the textured cardstock. I had to stamp a couple of times, but it worked perfectly. The die cut word was adhered above with liquid glue.

Since the sentiment was cut from gold glitter cardstock, I decided to use the same cardstock for the flower centers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Jumbo Garden Picks
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors: Yellow Green, Sap Green, Van Dyke Green, Permanent Red, Vermillion, Orange, Yellow Orange, Permanent Yellow Deep, Permanent Yellow Light, Lemon Yellow
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Studio Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Orange My Best Friend Happy It’s Your Day

For this card the flower clusters were stamp in a bright happy orange and the leaves in yellow green that coordinated well together. These colors gives me a tropical feel to me. For this card a landscape layout was used. The flowers were layered together a little tighter to form a more circular cluster and adhered together with liquid glue where they overlapped.

A panel of white cardstock was cut down with a stitched rectangle. The flower arrangement was placed on the panel to determine where to stamp the sentiment. Once the sentiment was stamped the panel was dry embossed with a Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile folder and then matted with a darker green cardstock. Foam tape was added to the back, both the green mat and the foam tape helped the image pop on the card front.

The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the center of the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Altenew Inks: Sunray, Chamomile, Marigold, Limeade, Fresh Leaf, Lime
  • Polychromos Pencil 118 Light Cadmium Red
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Hot Pink My Best Friend Happy Birthday

It is amazing to me how different colors and layouts can make the same image look different. I had used this stamp set on another card. On this card I pulled out a favorite background die that has horizontal lines and a great circle opening that is a perfect placement for a sentiment.

I cut the die from white cardstock. To add dimension and visual interest foam tape was cut down to add behind each of the horizontal lines. If you remove the paper backing to the foam it can be easily shaped and adhered around the circle opening. The horizontal stripes were then adhered to a top folding cardbase.

This card uses pink flower clusters and mint green leaves. The flowers were placed onto the top right and bottom left of the circle. Foam tape was placed under the flowers to support them where needed so that they were level with the horizontal background.

For the sentiment a My Favorite Things “happy” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam and adhered together. The same pink ink used on the flowers was applied to a small piece of white cardstock, which give you a perfect color match for the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. This sentiment was die cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip. Foam tape was added to the back of this strip. Both the die cut sentiment and the sentiment strip were added to the center of the circle with liquid glue.

Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the center of the flowers. This ties in the gold die cut word and enhances the overall design.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Background Die
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Altenew Inks: Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon
  • Polychromos Pencil 134 Crimson and 133 Magenta
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strips Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

Yellow My Best Friend Birthday

In looking through I stamps I ran across Clearly Besotted’s My Best Friend layering stamp. I’m not sure if I have ever used it before. Every now and then I like to pull out those stamps and put them to good use. I used this stamp set to create three different cards. The beauty of the MISTI is that they can be stamp multiple times without moving the aligned stamps. It makes for faster card making.

This stamp has a cluster of three flowers. They were first stamped in yellows. The coordinating leaves were stamped with a yellow green. I did not have coordinating dies, but they are pretty simple images and were easy to fussy cut.

A panel of white cardstock was die cut using a stitched rectangle and them dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. I love the way embossing folders help to draw the eye to the focal image. I layered two flower images together in a portrait format and adhered them to the embossed panel using foam tape. Black flower centers were added using Nuvo Crystal Drops. To enhance the color scheme of black and yellow a mat of black cardstock was added to the back of the panel and it was adhered to a top folding cardbase with liquid glue.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed white. It was trimmed down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip and one of the ends was angled with scissors. It was adhered to the bottom right of the card with both liquid glue and foam tape.

At the last minute I decided to enhance the shadows of the flowers with a colored pencil and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • Ellen Hutson Random Sayings Vol. 2
  • Altenew Inks: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Bamboo, Parrot, Moss
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Polychromos Pencil 109 Dark Chrome Yellow
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Ellen Hutson Essential Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black

Autumn Flowers Happy Birthday

I really like the large flower bouquet that is part of Simon Says Stamp’s November Card Kit of the month called Big Thanks Autumn. It has a couple of sunflowers and a lot of leaves. With the fall theme of the stamp I thought it would like nice on Kraft cardstock.

I stamped on an angle since it is a large image. It was first stamped in a light ink using the MISTI. This allows you to stamp the image again after coloring to add gold embossing powder after I colored it with Polychromos Colored Pencils. When coloring on Kraft you want to pick brighter colors than you normally would because the color of the cardstock mutes the vibrancy.

Once the coloring and embossing were complete the panel of cardstock was sized down using a stitched rectangle. Foam was added to the back and the panel was adhered to a side folding Kraft cardbase with liquid glue.

Having the image stamped on an angle left the perfect spot in the lower right to add the sentiment. I decided to use one of the dies from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy to cut the word from gold mirror cardstock. It was cut again from orange sticky back foam and the two were adhered together. The dies was laid in place to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss it to coordinate with the other gold embossing used on the card. The die cut was then adhered above with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Autumn
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Polychromos Colored Pencils: 185 Naples Yellow, 107 Cadmium Yellow, 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow; 225 Dark Red, 226 Alizarin Crimson, 115 Dark Cadmium Orange, 113 Orange Glaze, 111 Cadmium Orange; 180 Raw Umber, 177, Walnut Brown, 168 Earth Green Yellowish, 170 May Green, 171 Light Green, 167 Green Olive, 166 Grass Green, 264 Dark Phthalo Green, 112 Leaf Green, 162 Light Phthalo Green
  • Memento Toffee Crunch
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock