Happy Birthday, Sophie!: a Paper Player Color Challenge

Sophie is my favorite niece, and she’s celebrating another birthday!  OK, so Sophie is my only niece, but I feel certain that she’d still be my favorite niece even if there were others.  Sophie’s birthday is tomorrow.  Her cupcake-themed birthday party was yesterday.  I am sharing the card I made for her today.  Since today is Sunday, you’re in for a treat – a double feature.  You’re not only going to experience Sophie’s birthday card, but you’re also going to see my Paper Players PP132 Color Challenge inspiration card:  stampwithbrian.com - Happy Birthday, Sophie!

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Colorful Polka Dots.  The color challenge gave me the perfect foundation for Sophie’s cupcake birthday card.  I started with a page of Patio Party Designer Series Paper that features large white polka dots on a Summer Starfruit background.  Perfect for a cutesy birthday card!  But I played around with it some more and found that the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack yields circles that fit beautifully inside the white dots.  Adding the three colors in a diagonal line, I transformed this polka dot paper from cute to adorable. 

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  • Create a color barrier.  I love Summer Starfruit, and I love Primrose Petals.  They complement each other very well, but there’s something offputting (in my humble opinion) about slapping them up against each other.  To separate them a bit I added a thin border of Whisper White between the Primrose Petals base and the Summer Starfruit card front.  The polka dots are also separated by a thin piece of white.  Maybe I’m just making an excuse, but I think the intricate design of the paper and the texture of the ribbon allow these two colors to work side-by-side on the banner.
  • To snip or not to snip.  To ensure the eventual bold pop of color on my cupcake, I stamped the cupcake on Whisper White, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  I then snipped the images on the colored card stock and glued them onto the Whisper White piece.  This also adds a dimension and texture that would be lost had I just colored in the cupcake.

Stamps sets:  Sketched Birthday (not yet available)  Inks:  Midnight Muse  Papers:  Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Patio Party Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon

Please help me to wish Sophie a very happy SEVENTH birthday!

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  1. Love! What a discovery to insert these bitty circles into your DSP! They are the star of the show! Happy Birthday Sophie!

  2. Happy Birthday Sophie ! What a fun and colorful card your Uncle Brian made you. Just perfect for a big seven year old ! I especially like what he did with his snipping,punching and layering . He`s clever like that you know …

  3. Love the Polk a dots. Love the snipping of the cupcake. Great job.

  4. Super cute card Brian, your favorite niece will love it. Great job cutting that cupcake!! and those polka dots look fabulous!!!!! Happy Birthday, Sophie!! Your uncle Brian is our favorite and now you know one of the many reasons why. Your card is beautiful!!

  5. Polka dots make the world a happier place.
    I hope your birthday is super Sophie! I am confident that your favorite Uncle made you the best birthday card ever.

  6. Cute! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow, this is really a great card, any kid would love the bright colors…really nice, Brian

  8. Happy 7th birthday to Sophie! I’m not a polka dot person Brian but this card is really neat. What ever made you think to try the mini punch to fill in the white polka dots? That’s why you are so creative, you think outside the box. Great job!

  9. Love your card!

  10. Genius background paper! I love what you’ve done! Happy birthday to Sophie!

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOPHIE! Your Uncle Brian sure made you a super duper card! I hope your birthday is tons of fun, just like this card. Brian, this is AWESOME! I am in LOVE with polka dots, and your punching and popping against those white dots is spectacular. I cannot WAIT to see this new birthday set, I’m already loving it, with that cupcake. (when is it coming out?) Great card Brian, what a way to send me off on my day… happy again! Thanks! 🙂

  12. Really cute card – and Happy Birthday to Sophie — she will love the card her favorite Uncle Brian made for her. I really like how you explain the different elements of your card — very helpful. Thanks!

  13. Happy 7th Birthday, Miss Sophie! That is one super-cool card your uncle made for you! I hope you special day is fabulous! Eat a cupcake for me!

  14. This card Rocks! It’s definitely a HAPPY Happy Birthday card. Way to think outside of the circle by adding the colorful circles. I love this! The colors are so cheerful, perfect for a birthday card. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Happy 7th birthday, Sophie! What a beautiful, fun, sweet card for her! I have a niece also named Sofia and I often tell her, “You’re my favorite niece”. She’ll roll her eyes and say, “I’m your ONLY niece”. There’s no getting anything by our Soph/fies!

  16. Happy Birthday, Sophie! Your Uncle Brian has put a whole lot of work in your beautiful card! I bet your birthday was a lot of fun…and I bet Uncle Brian spoils you, too! LOL! I love this card you made for her, Brian…awesomeness!

  17. happy birthday Sophie , and you my friend you don’t seece to amaze me !!!you do such BEAUITIFUL work Brian !!!

  18. Ahhh polka dots times two – love it!

  19. Brian, I absolutely ADORE this card! I love how you’ve “colored” the big polka dots–pure genius. It looks fab and really kicks it up a notch. Fabulous… and I am certain Sophie squealed with delight!

  20. I bet Sophie will giggle with delight when she see her card. So cute. I am in need of a birthday card soon, may have to ‘case’ this design. Have a super Happy Birthday Sophie! Great job Uncle Brian!

  21. What a cute card! Sophie loved it, I’m sure! The circles within circles is the bomb, a show stopper for sure!

  22. Yummy card! I love the layout!

  23. Wow … you really Popped this one! Love the color combo and the circles steal the show!!

  24. Happy Birthday, Sophie! What a great card you received from your Uncle Brian!
    I still can’t say I love Summer Starfruit, but I can use it and like it. I’ve come a LONG way with Summer Starfruit 🙂
    Once again, super job, Brian!

  25. Absolutely awesome, Brian! How clever and creative!

  26. Sophie is a very lucky young girl to have such a loving and creative uncle….Love your design and thought behind the card!

  27. Super cool card! I like to use my alphabet sets and add the person’s name on the front. FUN! You are a “supah genius” as we say at our house. Thanks for sharing your talent… =)

  28. Happy Birthday, Sophie! And Brian, I seriously love this card. Fabulous what you did with the circles on the polka dots–such genius! –Terri O

  29. Sophie – you are a lucky girl to have such a talented Uncle Brian; Happy Birthday! Brian, I love how you created the polka dot paper…..very creative! TFS!

  30. Lovely, fun, bright, cheerful! Looks good enough to eat!

  31. Happy Birthday, Sophie. I know she will have loved this fabulous card. Genius move adding the colored polka dots!

  32. Lucky Sophie! What a great card, Brian. I love the technique you used for the little circles on the background layer. Fabulous!

  33. What a fabulous idea to add popped up polka dots to that fabulous paper Brian. Happy birthday to Sophie!

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