Paper Rose- Magical Day- Birthday Cards
So the month of June and July is just crazy with numerous birthdays from my own to my twins and then other family members. I am always so busy making new and different cards for everyone.
This card was supposed to be for my daughter’s fourth but it's a little late, whoops. Not that she noticed though. She was super excited when she laid her eyes on them. I started off these cards about a month ago in early June, eek took me a while, didn't it
Anywho I started out by stamping the little cuties from the Unicorn Magic set out on to white cardstock using memento tuxedo ink. I coloured them in using my Prisma pencils. I forgot how much I disliked those pencils when I went to sharpen them and they kept breaking. Needless to say, the colouring took me awhile because I kept getting really frustrated and needed to step away. Does this happen to any of you?
Once I was finally happy with the colouring, I fussy cut the images out. Although there is a coordinating die set available and I do have it, for some reason thought hey lets fussy cut, lol. To clean up the edges of the image I used a black Copic marker and went around the unicorns.
Now it was time to figure out the rest of the card. I pulled out some of my alcohol ink backgrounds that I had actually made, last year when I went on a big AI binge and made so many backgrounds. Now I am finally using them. I chose this beautiful and vibrant rainbow background. It matched the unicorn's hair perfectly. I cut the panel in half and ran the alcohol ink panel through my die cutting machine with a birthday sentiment embossing folder (it’s an older one that seems to be discontinued now). I went over the embossing with some black archival ink just every so lightly to catch the words. It looked really cool!
I decided to create a little bit of an odd sized card because I really wanted to fit a lot of that rainbow panel on to the card. I pulled out one of my premade 5x7 cards and trimmed it down to 5 x 6 3/8. At this point I still was not sure what I was going to do so I rummaged through my design team package and pulled out this beautiful black and white pattern paper. From there it all came together. I love how the rainbow and unicorn just popped off the page with this paper. I trimmed the black cardstock to 6 ¼ x 4 7/8 and trimmed down the pattern paper down to 6 1/8 x 5 5/8 and layered the two together.
While I was still close to my die cutting machine I decided I would create some clouds, so die cut some 2½ inch white strips using the Paper Rose Cloud border die. I also die cut multiples of the balloons from that same rainbow alcohol ink background along with red and black cardstock. I proceeded to cut off the strings from the red balloons and then adhere the ballon to the black die cut keeping black string intact. For a finishing touch I added some Spectrum Noir glitter pen on top of the balloons.
I took out the sentiment from the stamp set and stamped it on to the mini cloud border I die cute earlier. To get a clean crisp impression I used my Misti stamp tool with Versa Clair Nocturn ink.
Finally, it was assembly time. As I previously had done with the card base and patterned paper, I took to layering the rainbow strip which measures 2½ x 6 onto some black cardstock that measured 6 1/8 x 2 5/8. This allows for just a little border to pop the colors out. Finally it was time to assemble the cards. I popped up the previously layered pattern paper and cardstock on to the base of the card using fun foam. I repeated that process and popped the rainbow portion on to the black cardstock (WARNING this card has a lot of dimensions so it wouldn't be a great one to send in the mail). I then added the clouds. This time using some foam tape. I trimmed off part of the balloon so I could fit it underneath the cloud and the string would land close to the unicorn's mouth like he was holding it. Once everything was in place I finished the outside of the card with some sequins. Sometimes I have a bit of a difficult time finding just the right placements. Does anyone else have that issue where you feel maybe you’ve gone just a little too far with the bling? Or the space feels just a bit too cluttered? Any tips and tricks? I’d love to know?
Finally, for the inside of the card, I repeated the layered look from the outside using black and white cardstock. From there I added the leftover portions of the patterned paper and trimmed it down to be ¾ of an inch, and layered it onto black yet again. I took another stamp set from the Paper Rose to add the sentiment into the card and finished it off with that rainbow balloon!
I am really quite happy with how these cards turned out and my daughter was even more excited about them.
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Thank you and have a Magical week!