Birthday cards are some of the most fun to make – when you tuck a birthday card inside an envelope, there’s usually a fun occasion on the other side. Yippee! Birthday cards can be soft and pretty or bold and sharp. They can be void of color or filled to the brim with shades of every color. Today’s card is bold and colorful, a fun celebration for the recipient. Here’s my card:
- Finding Inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere – we just have to keep our eyes open for it. I was perusing a local, high-end stationary store last week (I could look at paper all day) and came across this tissue paper. Not only did the paper inform my color choices, but it totally inspired the images on the card. I immediately pulled out my phone to snap a photo – and recreated the look when I returned home with my Celebrate Today photopolymer stamp.
- Epoxy Add-ons. The Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers weren’t part of my original design with this card, but the card needed a little something extra – a little pop of texture and color to make the big balloons more interesting. I reached for my epoxy stickers and Blendabilities to create these fun, little bubbles that float about the sentiment. The Blendabilities colored right over the epoxy sticker. Yay!
- Color Combination. I already gave away my inspiration for the colors in this card (if you weren’t paying attention, it was the beautiful paper I’d seen in the store). I played around with these colors, though to create my own balance of bright and soft. Stamping off each balloon helped to keep them transparent enough to be interesting. I offset the bright red, yellow, green and orange (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie) with a soft shade of blue (Marina Mist) to help tame the brights a bit. I really like how well Marina Mist pairs with Real Red, so I used it for the base of this card.
Stamp Sets: Celebrate Today, Hooray It’s Your Day Papers: Marina Mist, Real Red, Whisper White Inks: Real Red, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Stampin’ Blendabilities (Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight) Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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