After a long hiatus from crafting, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get inky again!
As I was watching Kristina Werner video tutorials I got a birthday card idea for my grandson’s birthday which I needed the next day.
Simple. I have tons of paper, I would just CASE her idea and no problem. She used an adorable banner die from Simon says Stamp to make a candy corn banner. It was so cute I just knew I could find paper similar to hers, cut some triangles and there you go!
After spending all Tuesday evening and all day on Wednesday working on that blasted card, I finally found a font for the word “birthday” that I thought worked with the overall card, even though it was not EXACTLY what I was looking for. I can’t tell you how many alphas from my stash that I went through; dies, chipboard, bottlecaps, stickers, stamps, Cricut, you name it!
Then there was the color. Do I use black or orange, maybe white??? I thought black glitter chipboard stickers would look cool! Too bad all of mine were too big for that spot on the card where I wanted to put it. Poo. Then I got the idea of taking my last piece of Doodlebug black glitter paper and make my own, with my Tim Holtz “word play alphabet” die. What a genius I am! That is until I ran it through my Vagabond machine with the paper facing the wrong way and all the letters were backwards!!! I wanted black glitter, dang it, if I flipped them over to the other side, they would be glossy white. Aaaaaarrrrh!
SO. I still have the other half of my 12 X 12 paper, so I ran it through again, this time being very careful to place the paper the correct way and voila! Perfect black glitter letters! Except for one thing. Too big for the placement on the card.
At this point, I thought “You know, it’s OK to go out and buy a card, even though you have enough supplies to put Jo-ann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore and Archiver’s to shame, but it really is OK. Well, NO, IT WAS NOT OK. I was going to make this card if it took me to his NEXT birthday!
This is what I finally ended up with, which is much different than Kristina’s card, which is fine, except that I REALLY liked hers…
The pictures are not the best, actually,they are horrid, but I just clicked a couple of quickies and ran out the door, closing the door to the craft supply tornado that was my room.
Since I did not have the SSS die that KW used, I made due with the “merry and bright” Christmas tree from PTI and a smaller trangle die from Spellbinder’s Media Mixage. I used white twine for the banner string, colored my candy corn with copics, then decided to glitter the orange and white part, I used Art Institute Hot Lava glitter, and Great Impressions Sparking Ice. The stamp is also from Great Impressions. I used my Cricut cartridge “Plantin Schoolbook” for the letters and used a Y19 Napoli Yellow Copic marker to color them. (Which by the way made them VERY wet and hard to stick onto the card even though I had put them through my Xyron machine. I used paper tape for the binding because it was very thick c/s from my stash and was cracking a bit. Not sure I really like it, wouldn’t do it again. To finish it off, I used one of my Viva Pearl pens to make the little accent pearls. It was either cream or ice white, not sure. Not sure if anyone cares what supplies I used, I listed them FMI In case I ever want to CASE my own card!