Birthday Surprise

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

For those of us who make handmade cards, we know we can never have too many in the birthday category.  I think these are the most fun to make because there is always some element of fun and whimsy involved.  Today’s project is pretty clean and simple, but I’ll show you again how movement and color can make all the difference.  I used a set from Sizzix called Birthday Wishes along with the balloons from Avery Elle’s Balloons stamp set.

I started off by “seasoning” the gifts from the Birthday Wishes stamp with a white eraser.  I do this a lot with new stamps that are sometimes a little slick because they haven’t been used yet.  Just running the eraser across the stamp a couple of times gives a little bit of texture so the stamp can take the ink better.  This is also helpful with solid stamps.

I stamped the gifts three times along the bottom of a white 4.25 x 5.5” card panel at various heights using Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing with clear powder.  These gifts have such a fun, playful look with lots of detail, I wanted to leave them black and white and incorporate color in other areas.  I do a lot of this type of black and white stamping and I think heat embossing with clear powder is a nice way to add interest to the image and make it look a little more finished since color is not being used.

I added a few more stamped gifts coming up from the bottom just to fill in the blank areas and keep the other gifts from looking like they were “floating”.  Stamping off the edge of the card is a great way to give the look of movement on a clean and simple card.

For my “pop” of color, I added balloons using various Memento Dewdrop inks in Grape Jelly, Rose Bud, Bahama Blue, Tangelo, and Dandelion.  I trimmed down the card a little along with that purple balloon, which, again, gives the illusion of movement with it appearing to float off the card.

Along the bottom, I added a little white heat embossed strip using a sentiment from Hampton Art’s Clear Layer Words stamp set.

I popped the entire panel up with foam tape on to a white notecard to create a little tone on tone layered look.  I like how the gifts almost look like they’re dancing and having fun at the party.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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