It sure seems like I’m posting a lot of birthday cards, right? Well I’ll let you in on a little secret, the month of August is full of birthdays in my family. So, I keep churning them out. Hope you don’t get tired of them!
Today I have a slightly younger looking birthday card, but it would be great for anyone of any age. I used the Celebrate Today Stamp Set and the matching Balloon Framelet dies. I also used one stamp from one of my fav stamp sets, Work of Art. I love the color palette of this card. These colors are actually an unusual one for me. I’m more of a pink/purple, soft colors or regal color kind of girl. But today I challenged myself with these primary colors, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Real Red with just a touch of black to really stand out. I was inspired by the month August, a traditional Back-To-School time of year. I don’t have any children in school anymore but I realize this is a time of great excitement and chaos. As the old Staples© commercial said “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”. I always laughed when I saw the commercial because the kids were all sad faced while the parent was kicking up their heels on the shopping cart. When school is out everyone is excited but when it starts back in the fall everyone is equally as excited again.
Here’s a close up of the balloons….
The blue balloon was stamped with Pacific Point on Whisper White. The “HAPPY” is part of the stamp, a negative within the stamp so whatever color paper you stamp it on will show through that area. I added the “birthday” and the stars with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. These are two different stamps. The set comes with stamps for occasions like a new baby, a wedding, graduation and just a general celebration in addition to the birthday sentiment. After I stamped and cut out the blue balloon I cut out a yellow one out of Crushed Curry cardstock and layered that behind the blue one. I also stamped the bow image and cut it with the Framelets. The tail on the balloon doesn’t have a matching framelet so I had to hand cut that. All straight lines, not that hard to do, unlike yesterday’s post where I cut out a whole plant! If you missed it go here to see it.
One of the main reasons I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is I wanted the discount on the supplies, not because they were so expensive, because they are not, but I really wanted to purchase my supplies from Stampin’ Up! Why? Because of the color coordination. As you can see on this card and any other project on my blog Stampin’ Up! has ink, cardstock, markers ribbon, buttons, etc, all in the same colors. In addition we have Designer Series Paper that has images in our colors. Before I was a customer of Stampin’ Up! and then a demonstrator I remember going to the craft store and trying to find beautiful patterned paper, which was easy, but then I’d try to find some cardstock or ink that matched it and it was very hard. The paper would be from one company and the ink from another so there was no coordination. And don’t get me started on ribbon. Most ribbon in the craft stores is made for fabric projects, not cards and papercrafts. Our ribbon comes mostly on 10 yard rolls, not cut and sold by the yard. If you are like me and like things that really match, check out my website for all of our supplies. As usual if you want to make this card or some rendition of it, I’ve outlined everything you need at the bottom of the post.
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I hope that today’s colors or the card itself has inspired you to create something sweet for someone you are sweet on. Have a great one!