It's a rainy day here in East Central Florida. Winter is usually our dry season, but this year we've had buckets and buckets of rain. So since I'm not going out to run errands, I can focus on the fun stuff--like writing a blog post while washing all the old towels and sheets used to protect all the tropical plants during last weekend's near freeze.
The bulk of my card making efforts tends to center around making birthday cards. I'm from a large family and as my brothers and sisters and I have aged and our families have expanded, the number of cards to be sent each year has grown substantially. In the last few years, however, I've become delinquent in actually sending the cards. We won't get into the guilt associated with that...
Today's post is a continuation of how-to's for last weekend's blog hop projects. I'll warn you up front that this birthday card took a bit of time to create but I think the end result is more than worth the effort. I was pretty darn tickled with how it turned out!
This card begins with a card base of Mint Macaron. A piece of Crushed Curry cardstock mats a piece of paper from the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack. You can see that the cardstock mat extends beyond the top, left, and bottom edges of the paper by about 1/16" but that the right edges of the paper and cardstock are flush. The cardstock and paper were adhered to the cardfront so that the top, left, and bottom edges of the mat are centered with the top, left, and bottom sides of the card front and the right edges are all flush.
The focal point for the card front begins with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits. A piece of Mint Macaron cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the second largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits. The Mint Macaron die cut was adhered at the center of the Sahara Sand die cut. The largest size of Gold Metallic Foil Doilies was adhered behind the left end of the Sahara Sand die cut. (Rather than have all of the doily behind the die cut, I marked the doily where it would disappear behind the die cut and trimmed that part away to save for future use.) The die cuts and doily were placed on the card front with the top edge of the Sahara Sand die cut approximately 1" below the top edge of the Crushed Curry mat. Note that some of the right side of the die cuts will extend over the right edge of the card front. That's OK. Just mark the edges of the card front on the die cuts with a pencil and trim off the excess with your paper cutter (you'll need something a little more substantial than the Stampin' Trimmer to cut through two layers of cardstock; like a guillotine cutter or craft knife and ruler). Once the excess is trimmed, adhere the focal point to the card front.
The "It's Time To Celebrate With Cake" greeting was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Melon Mambo ink and then on a second piece of Whisper White cardstock with Mint Macaron ink. The Melon Mambo greeting was adhered to the Mint Macaron die cut so that the top and bottom edges were centered between the top and bottom edges of the Mint Macaron and the right edge of the Whisper White was flush with the right edge of the Mint Macaron die cut. A couple of Mini Glue Dots were placed over the "B" and "R" of the Melon Mambo "Celebrate" and Gold Metallic Thread was looped and adhered to the glue dots.
The "Celebrate" was cut from the Mint Macaron greeting using Paper Snips and matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets so that there is about a 1/16" mat around the right, top, and bottom edges of the Whisper White "Celebrate". A banner tail was created at the left side of the Gold Foil strip using Paper Snips and the banner was adhered over the Melon Mambo "Celebrate" using Stampin' Dimensionals. Note that the right edge of the banner is flush with the right edge of the card front.
Now this is where the card gets fun!
A piece of Whisper White cardstock was cut to 8-1/2" x 3-1/2" and scored along the 8-1/2" length at 4-1/4". The unfolded cardstock was placed on the Big Shot on top of the Precision Base Plate (gray side of base plate facing up). Also, the Precision Base plate is sitting on top of the Magnetic Platform. The birthday cake die from the Party Pop-Ups Thinlits was placed on top of the Whisper White cardstock with the centering arrows at the top and bottom of the thinlit lined up with the score line of the Whisper White cardstock and making sure that the die is also centered between the top and bottom edges of the Whisper White cardstock. Then the cutting plate was placed on top of the thinlits die and the "sandwich" rolled through the Big Shot twice. Once the cardstock was removed from the die, I rolled two 3-1/2" x 4" pieces of paper from the It's My Party Designer Paper Stack (one for the cake plate and one for the letters and candles), a piece of 3-1/2" x 4" Melon Mambo cardstock, and a 3-1/2" x 4" piece of Sahara Sand cardstock one at a time through the Big Shot with the birthday cake thinlit. Since these pieces are going to be cut apart, I did not score the paper or cardstock before die cutting.
Carefully fold the die cut Whisper White cardstock so that it folds into the pop-up shape. The cake part will fold up from the center (a "mountain" fold) and the rest of the cardstock under the pop-up will fold down (a "valley" fold). Place Tombow Multi Adhesive on the back left side of the solid (non-die cut) area of the Whisper White. Line up the "valley" fold of the Whisper White with the center score line of the card base and place the Whisper White centered between the top and bottom edges of the card base. Note that the left edge of the Whisper White may extend beyond the left edge of the card base. That's OK. Just trim that flush with the card base with the Paper Snips. Place Tombow Multi Adhesive on the back right side of the solid area of the Whisper White. Fold the Whisper White together and then close the card base over the Whisper White. When you open the card base, the pop-up will be in place. You may have some overhang of the Whisper White on the right side of the card base, too. Just trim that off with your Paper Snips.
Using Paper Snips, cut the paper for the cake plate so that only the cake plate remains and adhere it over the cake plate area of the Whisper White die cut using Tombow Multi Adhesive. (I used the Tombow Multi rather than the Fine Tip Glue Pen because it doesn't dry as fast. However, you need to use as little glue as possible, what I call "essence of glue", on the paper so that there is no leakage of glue from between the paper and the die cut.) Be sure to fold the pop-up at the center and gently crease the cake plate paper over the fold while the glue is still "moveable". Using the same process, cut apart the paper for the "Happy Birthday" letters and the candles and adhere them to the Whisper White die cut. The Melon Mambo cardstock candles are next to be adhered to the Whisper White die cut on top of the paper candles (snip the flame off the Melon Mambo candles) and, finally, the Sahara Sand strips for the layers between the "Happy" and candles and "Birthday" and "Happy". Be sure to fold the pop-up at the center and gently crease the Sahara Sand strips over the fold while the glue is still "moveable".
To finish the inside of the card, adhere strips paper from the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack to the top and bottom edges of the Whisper White die cut and, if you choose, to the card base above and below the edges of the die cut. A piece of Whisper White cardstock was cut to 3-11/16" x 2" and scored at 1-7/8" along the 3-11/16" length. This piece was adhered underneath the pop-up to make the "Happy Birthday" stand out a little better. Adhere one side first with Tombow Multi and then the other making sure that the right and left edges do not interfere with the pop-up.
At this point, it's kind of anti-climactic, but here's the envelope.
The "It's Time To Celebrate With Cake" stamp was inked with the brush tips of Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron Stampin' Write Markers as shown and stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. The confetti stamp was inked with Crushed Curry ink, stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped on the envelope over the lettering.
Once you've completed this card, you'll be thinking long and hard about who may be worthy enough to actually receive it. If you plan to mail it, be prepared to put on some extra postage as the completed card in the envelope will be thicker than the 1/4" allowed for the postal sorting machines. Besides, after all this work, you certainly want this one hand cancelled.
Enjoy your day!
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Party With Cake; Inks: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron; Stampin' Write Markers: Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron; Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper: It's My Party Stack; Embellishments: Metallic Foil Doilies, Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Tombow Multi, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits, Precision Base Plate, Party Pop-Ups Thinlits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!: Guillotine paper cutter or X-Acto Knife and ruler, Pencil