Cotton Candy Birthday Card

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

With the upcoming summer season, I foresee a lot of cotton candy being eaten.  Fairs, amusement parks, the zoo….There’s something so iconic about the paper cone with swirled pink, blue or yellow cottony goodness piled on top.  I was so excited to see that Avery Elle had a cute stamp set called Cotton Candy with lots of fun greetings—perfect for a summertime birthday!

For my card, I decided to do some good old fashioned paper piecing.  I love the 6×6 paper pads Avery Elle offers and I thought Sorbet would be perfect to go with cotton candy.  Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the cotton candy part of the stamp onto the patterned paper using my Precision Press Advanced.

I stamped the cone separately onto some white cardstock and colored it with Tombow markers—Process Yellow, Purple Sage, and Process Blue.  I then trimmed both pieces out with my scissors.

Since the cotton candy fills up most of the front of an A2 sized notecard, I wanted to add a little something as a background to contrast.  This Burlap stencil from Tim Holtz is perfect because it gives just a little texture, but doesn’t take away from the focal point.  I used some gorgeous Shaded Lilac along with my jumbo sponge dauber to blend ink over the stencil at an angle.  I used plain white card stock as my card base.

I stamped the sentiments (also from the stamp set) on to some vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed them with black embossing powder.  I chose vellum because it has a translucence that reminded me of cotton candy.

I trimmed out the sentiments in strips and added them on top of the cotton candy at different angles.  Tombow tape runner is great for vellum because it barely shows through if at all.

I love how the cotton candy is so big.  It makes for easy card making when you have a large focal point like this.  Changing up your techniques such as using heat embossing with pink powder or even felt or flocking would be some great options.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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