A Petal Potpourri Birthday

I love a good celebratory birthday card!  Images of balloons, confetti and cake scream “happy birthday” even without a celebratory sentiment.  What happens when you flip things around a bit?  What if the only birthday-ish things on a card the words “happy birthday”?  That was my challenge today.

Here’s my card:

Petal Potpourri, Because You Care, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Wallpaper of Paper.  The background of this paper was created with a “Happy Birthday to You” sentiment from Because You Care, a host set from the Occasions Catalog.  Not only are the photopolymer images super-easy to line up, but they layer perfectly on top and below one another.  That’s the only part of this card (other than the handwritten note inside) that would define this as a birthday card – and I think that’s enough.
  • Lazy, Lazy Me.  Do you see how solid this flower’s petals are?  The stamp can give you amazing coverage as long as the ink pad is fully inked.  My Tangerine Tango ink pad, though, needed a date with the coordinating reinker, and I didn’t feel like reinking it.  As such, I achieved complete coverage by stamping the image in Versamark and embossing with Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Emboss Powder (this powder retired last year, but I still had a bit left in my sealed container, so…)
  • Base Layer.  The flower is embossed on Whisper White and cropped with the Flower Medallion punch.  I snipped between each of the petals to add dimension to the flower.  To add depth, I added a layer of Tangerine Tango beneath.  I only cropped the flower from Tangerine Tango and turned it at a slight angle to make sure it pops from underneath.

So, do you agree that a birthday card doesn’t HAVE to have cake and balloons?  Do you think I succeeded at my challenge to make a non-birthday image into a birthday card?

Stamp Sets:  Petal Potpourri, Because You Care  Papers:  Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White  Inks:  Tangerine Tango  Accessories:  Flower Medallion punch, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Emboss Powder (retired), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Beautiful card–I can see using this technique for many occasions!

  2. Oooo Brian that beautiful, love love those 2 colors together
    And that birthday all over makes it pop !!!
    Hugs Frenchie

  3. Love this, the embossed flower is great and the under side layer topped it off, the hand stamped background very nice, well done card.

  4. Love it! It’s a snow day here today, so I am going to make this. Thanks Brian!

  5. Love the background. I don’t think I could line it up so straight but may give it a try. Hugs!!! GBO

  6. I definitely agree! I love the background, when my order gets here next week I am going to CASE that! Thanks.

  7. A definite yes, Brian, to your question! I just adore the way you used the sentiment as the background…perfection! And the flower turned out gorgeous!
    Sunshine Sharon

  8. WOW!! the card indeed shouts Happy Birthday loud and clear. The photopolymer stamps really make it so easy to line up words without the use of the SAM, very clever way to create your very own fantastic DSP.
    I think the flower looks better heat embossed Brian, the melted powder gives it a beautiful sheen.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. Fabulous card! Thanks for sharing!

  10. You succeeded wonderfully at your challenge. The stamped background is fabulous. I could also shamelessly petition for a copy for my birthday which is on February 22.

  11. Love love love the HBTY background. Love love love the colors and the TT EP! A great touch to make that flower shine!

  12. i LOVE this look. challenge well done! keep the inspiration coming!!!

  13. Honestly Brian, before I read your description of your card I thought “boy, that is a great DSP”! It is so perfectly stamped that it really is difficult to think it was created with a single stamp. Absolutely gorgeous card which definitely met the requirements. The colors are fabulous and the design is beautiful. Great job as always. Hugs, 🙂

  14. You amaze me! You make a stamp set that I do not look twice at come to life!

  15. Can’t wait to try this, wonderful idea!

  16. Very nice card today, Brian. Your wallpaper technique is very interesting. I don’t have this stamp set but I’m going to search through my collection and give this idea a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. What a beautiful card! Thanks for highlighting that hostess set. Honestly, I’d never really noticed it, and it’s a really great set.

  18. Mary Alice Bellis

    I love this card, AND I just got the Because you care stamp set, so now I can give it a try! Yeah! And, last night I won a door prize at our demo meeting of the Artisan Embellishments, so now I can try your beautiful card with the stenciled roses. Yeah again!!

  19. I literally decided last night not to spend my hostess cradits on that set – and now I’m wondering if maybe I ought to have done! Thanks, Brian!!! But I went with some other sets (like Tap Tap Tap) which you have featured recently and I liked what you did with them, so I’m not totally bummed yet!

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