Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today’s birthday card for Freshly Made Sketches is right up my alley – it’s clean and classic, and evokes quite a giggle at the same time. Bombs Away Birthday is one of Stampin’ Up!’s outside-the-catalog photopolymer stamps sets – and it’s a must-have. I thought it would be perfect for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Here’s my card:
And here’s Kim Singdahlsen’s sketch that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Bombs Away Birthday. Did you miss this stamp set when it was released? I’ve had it for a long time, and this is the first time I inked it up. I haven’t seen it used very much, so it’s possible you have overlooked it. Why did I choose this set today? I thought the bomb image (which I ultimately didn’t use) paired well with a black-and-white card. I think the sentiment (“an occasion like this calls for a mediocre sheet cake from the grocery store”) is absolutely hysterical. In case you missed this set, here’s the image of the stamp set along with all the other great sentiments (you can click on it to see the image in my online store):
- Humor in cards. I don’t often select the stamp sets with humor – I think you can only use them so many times, and I worry that I might repeat the same sentiment for someone’s card year-over-year. That’s just ridiculous. This set has so many sentiments that should grace the front of many cards. I love them – all poking fun at getting old. This set makes my “approved” list.
- Black and White. It’s really tricky to layer-up a black-and-white card. You really have to carefully plan each and every layer. The “crooked layer” of Designer Series Paper was originally a paper with a solid black background and white images. I was going to just layer the white sentiment layer on top with no black backing. That all changed when I realized the sentiment would hang over the edge, giving me what cardstock on white cardstock. No, no. I changed up the background page and added a tiny layer. Ahhhh. That worked.
Stamp Sets: Bombs Away Birthday Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Accessories: Neutrals Candy Dots (Basic Black), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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