Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Darling!!

Hi Stampers!!

I wanted to share the birthday card that I created for my wonderful husband using the Splitcoaststampers’ SC416 Sketch Challenge.  

I love him so much and not only is he the best husband in the world, he is also my best friend !!  We have a lot to celebrate this year since our 30th Anniversary is approaching in a little over a week! 

We love to watch birds so I chose one of my favorite stamp sets, Nature Walk and included a few sneak peeks of items in the upcoming Spring Mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog.   

To create this card:

De-static a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the Embossing Buddy®.  Stamp the bird image and sentiment using Versamark™ink, apply Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss® Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool.

Once cooled, carefully color the bird image  with Watercolor Pencils (take care not to rub off the embossing powder with the point of the pencil) and cut towards the tail.   Use the 2 ½” XL Circle Punch to punch out the bird (fold the tail back a bit to not punch off the tail).

Lightly sponge the edges around the circle with Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso Classic Ink.  Use the Color Spritzer Tool with the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to add a bit of distressing.

Punch another circle from Early Espresso cardstock to cut in half and layer behind the bird image.

Use the Big Shot™ to emboss a piece of Not Quite Navy Designer Series Stack Paper (DSP)  with the Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder and a piece of Soft Suede DSP with the new Honeycomb Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder (sneak peak- available with the new Spring Mini Catalog).  Lightly sand both embossed panels to expose the white core of the DSP.

Adhere the Not Quite Navy panel to Early Espresso cardstock and the Soft Suede strip.  Add the 5/8” Early Espresso Satin Ribbon to the edges of the Soft Suede layer.

Use the Big Shot™ with the Adorning Accents Edgelits™ to cut the edge of a piece of Cajun Craze DSP and emboss with the matching Adorning Accents Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder.  Cut the edges off to layer behind the main piece on the sides and adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.   A bit difficult to see this layer but it is a bit staggered behind the bird image :-)

Add the bird image, the 5/8” Early Espresso Satin bow and the embossed sentiment (sneak peek at a SAB set) to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Nature Walk, Feeling Sentimental (upcoming SAB set)

Ink: Versamark™, Classic Ink- Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede , Stampin’ Write Marker- Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Designer Series Stack Paper – Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy and Soft Suede

Accessories:  Big Shot™, Adorning Accents Edgelit™, Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folders- Lacy Brocade, Adorning Accents and Honeycomb, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy®, Stampin’ Emboss® Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Watercolor Pencils,  1” Square Punch (for  sentiment banner), 2 ½” XL Circle Punch,  Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Daubers, 5/8” Early Espresso Satin Ribbon (retired)

Praying that this card is masculine enough for my hubby - he knows that I love stain ribbon and hopefully the bow will not be too “girly” for him :-) 

Thanks again for stopping by- have a great weekend and I should be able to share a few more cards with you this weekend!

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