I really like working from a sketch, and often when I'm "stuck", I'll look through card sketches - there are LOTS of places to find them. I needed a simple card suitable to send to men - I have several male friends with birthdays in September, and none of them know each other (LOL!) so I could make several of the same one to send out.
This card is based on one from the book "Cardmaker's Sketchbook Birthday Celebration". A sketch is always a starting point - this sketch was for a 4" x 9" card with a circle in the middle with the edges of the circle cut off, but I've sized it to a 4 1/2" x 6" and used a full oval. My own design, with inspiration from the sketch.
Note: Finished card size is 4 1/2" x 6"
|Tempting Turquoise (SU!)||6" x 9"; scored at 4 1/2, and|
1 1/2" x 6", and
4" x 5"
|Island Blossoms DSP (SU!)||4 3/8" x 5 7/8"|
|Certainly Celery (SU!)||1 3/8" x 6", and |
4" x 5"
|Tempting Turquoise (SU!)|
|Birthday Centers (Cornish Heritage Farms)|
|Candle Crazy (SU!)|
|Big Shot Pro (Sizzix)|
|Classic Ovals - Scalloped - Large (Spellbinders)|
Stamp the candles in blue ink on the green strip of paper. (I will tell you that I don't use the "wheel" stamps anymore - I pull the rubber off the wheel, and use Ez-Mount to make cling stamps from them. I ink them with a regular stamp pad, and use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the stamps lined up straight. I find that much less stressful than trying to run the wheel straight across the paper...)
Mount the green strip onto the blue strip of paper.
Cut/emboss a blue oval using the largest die, and a green oval using the next sized die. Using blue ink, stamp a sentiment in the upper and lower portions of the green oval. I placed the candle strip across the oval to get an idea of where to stamp, and used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp the greetings where I wanted them.
Mount the patterned paper onto card front, followed by the blue oval, then the green oval. Finish up with the candle strip across the middle of card.
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