It’s a Birthday Card bonanza!!I made six different birthday cards for this month and I’m going to share them with you in this post.
Some designs were original and others were borrowed with modifications for my taste and needs but I made them ALL with my LOVE for their intended recipient in mind. I hope you like them. As always I added BLING which can’t really be seen in the pictures but below are 2 or 3 of them enlarged with hopes that you can get a better idea of their BLING.
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It wasn’t easy but I’m pleased with how it turned out. Okay, so I’ve never been accused of doing anything because it was the easy thing to do. And I know why. I , like my mother before me, creatively visualize what I want in my mind and then find a way to bring it to fruition.
Most of my cards are feminine: flowers, butterflies, glitter, ribbon, etc. Even my people stamps are of women. However, some of the most important persons in my life are male: my husband, dad, brothers, uncles, etc. And I decided that they had suffered long enough with flowers and ribbons, on card after card, so I set out to find masculine card designs.
When I went searching I happened upon the Stampscapes stamp line created by Kevin Nakagawa. When I first saw them I thought I had struck gold and couldn’t wait to tell my stamping partner in crime (Sandi) like I did when I thought I had discovered Dreamweaver Stencils. And just like with the Dreamweaver Stencils, she not only already knew about them, she owned a ton of the stamps. Sandi apparently has done it all when it comes to card-making.
I’ve seen beautiful images and cards made using the Stampscapes stamps. When searching on Pinterest one lady posted her gorgeous card and said it was her first attempt at using the stamps. A few others wrote how easy it is to make good-looking cards using these stamps. So seeing all of this gave me the incentive I needed to give these stamps a try. First thing you need to know is, “They lied!” Just joking of course, but while it’s easy enough to create a scene with the stamps, finding the right coloring technique and ink to make the scene look good is challenging. Once this is achieved, “It’s all down hill after that.”, as they say.
So while I was trying to work out the right coloring technique and inks I saw a “Tri-fold Shutter Card” online and thought it was so cute that I decided to marry the two card types (Stampscapes Cards + Tri-fold Shutter Cards) to make a Birthday Card for my Dad. “Of all my bright ideas, Why!”Lol. Let’s just say there is a reason you don’t see many Stampscapes Tri-fold Shutter cards.
Never turning down a challenge or taking the easy way out I stuck to my vision and persevered. It was tedious and trying and took forever (all night), and I even questioned my intelligence more than a couple of times but I finally came up with the card below. It wasn’t easy but I think it was worth the trouble and I hope my Dad likes it. He’s definitely worth the extra effort!
Until Next Time —–
God Bless and Happy Stamping!
MATERIALS USED :
Cardstock: Glossy White; Glossy Black; Stampin Up– Night of Navy.
Inks:Memento– Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa; Marvy– Salvia Blue #60, Blue #3, Prussian Blue #29; Stampin Up– Mossy Meadow; Stazon- Jet Black