Today is Janelle’s birthday (I fondly refer to her as “My Nella”), and I made a special card for my special friend. Janelle and her family live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I don’t mean to be critical, but that’s just way too far away from me. Janelle was raised in sunny Charleston, South Carolina (with me), so I always like to send her a pick-me-up birthday card since the weather in Pittsburgh is less-than-sunny. Here’s the card she’s [hopefully] receiving in the mail today (I’ve asked her to NOT check my blog today until she receives her package):
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Bright, Beautiful Colors. When I think of bright and beautiful colors, I often reach for my flowery papers (Gingham Garden and Fresh Prints come to mind almost immediately), but I Am Me Designer Series Paper is tops with the bright colors. Not a flower to be found in this pack of paper, but it certainly delivers the cheer.
- Layered Banners. This stamp set comes with two banners that overlap the word “birthday” in the middle. I simply stamped the complete image on the polka dot paper and then stamped the complete image on the Pool Party paper with tiny chevrons (also found in I Am Me Designer Series Paper). I snipped the Pool Party banner out and then lay it down over the image stamped on polka dots. Simple as simple can be – but quite effective in the end, don’t you think?
- Working with Large Stamps. Large stamps are great, but they can be overpowering and leave you with not much else to do on a card. Think of the Swallowtail stamp – when that guy is stamped on a card, there’s not much else you can do unless you trim him down or let him fall off the side of the card. This Happy Birthday to You sentiment is really large, so I made my card larger. Score! Rather than allow the sentiment to swallow up a standard-sized card front, I made a 6″x 6″ card front to allow me the clean space to shine (even though my clean space is filled with tiny, bright and cheery polka dots).
Stamp Sets: Another Great Year Inks: Jet Black StazOn Papers: Real Red Core’dinations, I Am Me Designer Series Paper Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
Please help me wish Janelle a very happy birthday. I was able to surprise her last year for a landmark birthday (what fun!), but this year I won’t get to see her on her birthday.
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