Sunday, June 29, 2014

Happy Birthday 2 U

After making a few technique-heavy cards, I decided to take a bit of a break and do something relatively simple. The June Linky Party theme at a2z Scrapbooking's blog is "Stars and Stripes," so I decided to do something incorporating that theme. I also decided I wanted to make a kid's card, since I don't do nearly enough of those for Operation Write Home.

I began by pulling out a new-to-me 6x6" patterned paper pad, "Boy Crazy" by My Minds Eye. I had picked this up at the Great American Scrapbook Convention this month in Arlington, TX, because I felt it would be perfect for kids' cards. I ended up choosing one of the star patterns from that pad for the main background.

I also wanted to use one of my newer die sets: Spellbinders "Labels One." So I turned to my binder of OWH sketches in search of one that incorporated either a square or circle. This is the one I decided on:

Besides the circle element, the main thing that drew me to this sketch was the large background area with the scalloped trim. I felt this large piece would showcase the patterned paper, without letting it overwhelm the card. To make my trim, I punched a strip of yellow-orange cardstock with the "Binding Edge" edger punch by EK Success. I felt the torn-notebook look was more gender-neutral than a scalloped border, and might resonate with someone looking for a card to send to his/her child. After I punched the strip & trimmed it down a little, I glued it to the back of the patterned paper piece and set that aside.

I used a greeting from this Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set, stamping it onto a piece of light grey cardstock. I liked the bold, graphic look of the stamp, and how it packs a punch. I heat embossed it with American Crafts Zing! embossing powder in Rouge, to pick up on the red in the star patterned paper. After it cooled, I die cut the label, and inked around the edges with Pumice Stone Distress ink, to provide a little more depth and dimension with no bulk.

Finally it was time to assemble the card. I cut a piece of red cardstock to 4.25x5.5", and centered & adhered the background panel onto it using my ATG tape runner. (I did use liquid glue under the trim, to keep it from pulling up & snagging other cards in the package for OWH.) After that I glued the label in place, adhered the front to the card base, and the card was finished. Well, I thought it was finished.

I decided the design was just a bit too heavy on the right, and wanted to do something on the left to balance it out. So, as a test run, I penciled in dots in the upper and lower left corners. I liked the effect (and my mom concurred when I asked for her opinion!), and so I erased my pencil marks and replaced them using a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen. THEN I was finished!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"
Operation Write Home/Our Daily Bread Designs June Challenge: "Dies or Punches"


  1. What a wonderful OWH card and also a perfect card to enter to our Linky Party at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog. I had the pleasure of meeting Sandy this weekend and spent all of my weekend taking Copic Classes with her at my LSS! I posted some pics on my blog today and invite you to stop by! WIshing you and all our Country a very Happy and Safe 4th of July! Good Luck in the drawing!!

  2. This is such a fun card and great for the tween/teen age, which is tricky! thanks for entering this one into the a2z Scrapbooking challenge!

  3. Fabulous card Andrea, so pretty and colourful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx


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