Tuesday, August 15, 2017

18th Birthday Card - three fold card technique

I love creating scenes on cards; it is something I have done for over 25 years.  Stampin' Up has many stamps that can create beautiful scenes for card that are ageless and genderless.  I like that.  With this technique, you can create any season card using different stamps that work for the season.  I have all kinds of ideas, including a Christmas card.  I hope this gets your creative juices flowing.

This is a card I made for my husband's great-niece who was turning 18.  She loves nature, is an individual thinker, and cares for animals and humans alike.  So, I had seen a technique to make a three fold card which also created a scene.  So, I decided to use this technique to create this 18th birthday card.  I hope you like it.

Dancing by the Sea Card

Paper used:  Whisper White Thick, 8 1/2 by 11, card base; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP), for beach chairs; and Whisper White medium envelope

Stamps used:  Beautiful You - Dancing Woman;
Eastern Beauty - "life is beautiful" sentiment on the front; 
Number of Years - top sentiment on inside of card;
Butterfly Basics - Happy Birthday on inside of card; and 
High Tide - front of the card and first inside layer for the beach, the sea, and the seabirds.

Inks used:  Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for the beach and beach grass;
Early Espresso for front sentiment, dancing woman, and Happy Birthday on inside of card;
Pool Party and Bermuda Bay for the sea and Bermuda Bay only for top inside sentiment;
Soft Sky and Marina Mist for the sponged sky; and 
Basic Black Archival for the seabirds.

Other Tools:  Layering Oval Framelits for the cutout on the front of the card; and
Seasonal Layers Thinlits for the beach chairs

I am showing this photo first so you have an idea of 
what the card is suppose to look like.

Step One:  Using a scoring tool, score the 8 1/2 by 11 Whisper White Thick
cardstock at 4 1/4 down the length of the cardstock.  Then turn the cardstock
and score at 5 1/2 across the width of the cardstock.  Turn the cardstock 
lengthwise again.  You will see the cardstock has four sections.  You
will now cut out the top left section so you have three sections
as shown above in the photo.  Set that piece aside to use for another card.
Fold down and burnish the top right section,
this will be the first inside layer.  Fold over and burnish the bottom
left section and this is the front layer.  Lightly mark this layer with
a pencil.  This is so you know which section you will cut out the oval frame.
Lay the card down on the Big Shot making sure you will only be cutting
through the front layer.  Cut out the oval frame.  Set aside the oval to use 
on another card.

With the card folded so the oval frame is open on the 
first inside layer, lightly mark in pencil the top, bottom, 
and both sides of the oval on the first layer.  This
gives you the boundary for creating the scene you
want to have show on the front of the card.
Now, to create the scene.

Step Two:  Open up the card so you can stamp on the front of the 
card.  You will create the beach only for the front.
Using the long beach stamp with the chair insert in it,
stamp the beach with Crumb Cake, sometimes 
stamping off for lighter shades.  Go up on the bottom
of the oval.  Now, using the small beach stamp and 
Soft Suede ink stamp randomly to add depth to the 
beach.  You will want to test to see if you need to 
stamp off so the beach isn't too dark.  I played with 
this on scrap paper until I found the combination
I liked.  Using the beach grass stamp and Soft Suede,
randomly stamp the beach grass.  Again test to see
what you like.

Step Three:  Using the Seasonal Layer Beach Chair die, cut out
two chairs on the Wood Textures DSP.  Pick the
color you like, there is a great variety.  I actually
cut out a number of chairs to see which one I liked
for the scene.  Lay the Beach Chair on the front 
covering up the hole for the chair.  The stamp the 
sentiment on the front using Early Espresso ink.  
Don't adhere the Beach Chair yet.  Turn to the first 
inside layer.

Step Four:  You are going to want to fold back the front layer
of the card and flatten the first layer so you can stamp
the scene without getting anything on the other
two layers.

As you stamp, you may want to stop and check to
see what is showing through the oval frame.  

Create the beach like you did on the front of the card.
Then using the water stamp, first stamp with Pool
Party ink, being random and stamping off so you have
some white spaces and different shades of water.
Then stamp with Bermuda Bay, definitely stamping 
off until you create the sea you like. You may want
to go back over it with Pool Party again.  I played with 
this on scrap paper until I got the look I liked.

Next you will create the sky using a sponge dauber with 
Soft Sky first.  You can create texture and color variation
by going lighter or heavier with the dauber.  Always start off 
the edge of the cardstock so you have a more blended look.  Have
paper under the card to keep the edges clean.  Leave some 
white spaces here as well.  Then use Marina Mist very
sparingly to add depth to the sky.  Again, I played on scrap paper
until I liked the combination for the sky.

Once you like your scene, then stamp the dancing woman
in Early Espresso.  Note, she will be close to the bottom and 
won't fully show through the oval frame.

Then in Basic Black Archival ink, stamp the seabirds in the sky.
I angled it up slightly.

Step Five:  Lay the Beach Chair on the inside scene, don't 
adhere yet.  Close the front of the card to see if
it aligns with the front beach chair.  Once you have
both Beach Chairs where you like them, adhere with 
Tombow glue to allow you to move around.  On the
Beach Chair for the front, do not put glue on part
of the Beach Chair that will be over the oval frame
as it will glue the card shut.  Eek, I almost did that.
Almost done.

Step Six:  You can choose whether you want to stamp the 
top of the inside layer or not.  Remember,
to use colors that won't show through on the
scene which is on the other side of the section.
I did it because visually it looked better to me.
Otherwise, the bottom inside layer would have
been very busy.

This is the bottom inside layer with the sentiment
stamped in Early Espresso.

Step Seven:  Here is the envelope and finished card;  I would 
recommend doing the envelope at the same time you
are creating the beach for the scene on the front and inside.
You could also add Happy Birthday if you wanted to the 
envelope.  Have fun and make the card your own.

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Various Birthday Cards

This post will just have different photos of  different birthday cards to give you other ideas.  There will not be any directions or comments.  If you want more information, please contact me.

Birthday Fun Class

I am doing a series of monthly classes focused on different themes and techniques.  In July, I held a class focused on birthdays using new stamp sets and tools from the Stampin' Up Annual Catalog.  So, here are the three cards from the class.  The next class is Color, Color, Color where you will learn different techniques using an Aqua Painter, a Blender Pen, and Sponging and Blending.  The class is August 19 from 11am to 1 pm or August 24 from 7 to 9 pm.  The cost is $8 for 3 cards.  If you live in the Salt Lake City area and want to attend future classes, please contact me.

Happy Birthday Balloon Card

This card was inspired by Dawn Griffin, an awesome 
SU Demonstrator and artist.  I did change her design 
slightly using both balloons and circles, not just circles.
I added the shadow effect to the sentiment.  I added
the balloon embellishment.  The layout is all Dawn's.
Thanks for the inspiration.


This card can be used for anyone, it is ageless and
doesn't scream any gender.  That is what I love about it.

The card base is Night of Navy.  The banner is 
Daffodil Delight stamped in the same color ink with 
confetti from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, and 
punched with the Triple Banner Punch.
The top panel is backed by Whisper White
 and topped with Real Red.  The balloons and 
circles are punched out using the same colors. The punches
used are the Balloon Bouquet punch and the 3/4 and 1 inch
circle punches. The Whisper White balloons are 
stamped in Real Red using the Happy Birthday
Gorgeous Stamp Set.  The balloons and circles are
randomly adhered using Tombow glue.  
The balloon strings are hand drawn using the Basic Black Marker.
The Daffodil Delight balloon
on the Night of Navy balloon at the bottom is 
one of the Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments.  This
should be added last to the front of the card.

The sentiment is die cut using the Happy Birthday
Thinlit.  It is cut in Whisper White and Night of Navy
cardstock.  The Whisper White is cut out of the 
layer on the front panel as no one sees anything but the edge.
The Night of Navy is adhered to the Multipurpose 
Adhesive sheet and then die cut.  This will make it 
easier to adhere the sentiment to the card.  Using the 
Fine Tip Glue Pen lightly add to the Whisper White 
Happy Birthday and adhere it to the Night of Navy 
Happy Birthday, slightly off to give a shadow effect.
Then peel of the adhesive backing from the Night of Navy
and adhere to the front of the card.

This is the inside of the card.  It is stamped using
the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.  Again,
using Real Red, Night of Navy, and Daffodil Delight
inks.  This same pattern of the balloons is used on 
the envelope below.

This is the envelope and card together.

Birthday Girl Card

This is such a sweet card for a little girl.  The 
card base is Sweet Sugarplum.  The front layers and 
the inside layers are Rich Razzleberry and Blushing Bride.
The balloons are in Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum,
 and Blushing Bride punched out with the Balloon
Bouquet Punch.  The are stamped with 
Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.  The 
Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum balloons
are edged with a sponge dauber in the same ink
to highlight them. The strings are stamped
in Basic Black Archival ink.

The main layer is made up of two layers.  The first is 
the girl with the cupcakes which is cut out using a
Layering Oval Framelits from the Birthday Memories
Designer Series Paper.  The girl is 
also cut out using the Birthday Friends Framelits.  
The little girl should be set aside.  The next layer
is a Rich Razzleberry back border, cut out with a
scalloped Layering Oval Framelits, cut 2.
Cut one in half lengthwise and one in half widthwise.  The 
lengthwise sides should be placed on the sides of the DSP oval 
  The widthwise are placed on the top 
and bottom of the same oval to create a full border.

    Once the back border has been added to the oval of DSP, then using 
dimensionals, add the girl back in the middle of the DSP.

This is the inside of the card and is repeated on 
the envelope below.  The sentiment is stamped
in Rich Razzleberry as is the Hooray Balloon.  The
stamp sets used are Birthday Delivery and 
Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

This is the envelope and card together.

 Happy Birthday Gorgeous Card

This card was inspired by Brian King, another
inspiring SU Demonstrator.  He does very simple 
cards and I took his idea and added to his design. 
I changed the colors and layout,
plus I did the sentiment differently. 
Thanks Brian for your inspiration.

The card base is in Flirty Flamingo and is a
4 1/4 by 11 card, scored at 5 1/2 with a top fold.
There is a 4 by 5 1/4 Flirty Flamingo panel
that is embossed with the Petals Burst embossing folder. 
It is popped up using dimensionals.
The next is Basic Black border, 3 7/8 by 5 1/8.  Do
not add the Whisper White layer (3 3/4 by 5) until
you have stamped the flowers and leaves and some
go off the edge.

On a small piece of  Powder Pink cardstock,
stamp Happy Birthday
(from Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set)
in Flirty Flamingo. Punch it out with the 
Pretty Label Punch.  Punch out two Basic
Black labels with the same punch.  Again, 
cutting one in half lengthwise and one in half
widthwise.  Adhere the lengthwise black layers
to the Happy Birthday label, on the top and bottom.
Then adhere the widthwise halves to the sides of the 
label to create a full border.  Add dimensionals to the 
back of the label but do not remove the protective pieces.

Lay the Happy Birthday Label in the middle of the Whisper 
White front layer.  I used an oval framelit that was 
slightly larger than the label to lightly draw an 
outline to use as a guide for the placement of 
the flowers and leaves.  Remove the label and set aside.

First stamp the outline stamps of the flowers and 
leaves in Basic Gray Archival.  Start with the 
largest flowers first.  Stamp and create the oval
wreath to your taste.  Once you've stamped the 
outline stamps.  Then using the solid stamps, 
stamp in the color you want for the flowers and 
leaves.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Peek-A-Boo Peach, Daffodil 
Delight, and Powder Pink for the flowers.  I used Pear
Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, and Old Olive for the leaves.

Once you have finished stamping, then adhere the 
Whisper White layer to the Basic Black layer.  Add
dimensionals to the back of Black layer and adhere to 
the front of the card.  Add the Happy Birthday
Label to the front of the card now.

This is the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from
the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and stamped
in Flirty Flamingo.  Stamp the flowers and leaves
before you adhere this layer to the card base.  Also
stamp the envelope at this time in the same pattern.

Here is the envelope and card together.  I do 
love this card.  It is cheerful and so beautiful.  I hope
you like it too.

Pocketful of Sunshine Birthday Cards

When I first saw the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp Set, I thought about two of my great nephews and their upcoming birthdays.  I checked out Pinterest, You Tube and the SU Demonstrators Facebook Page for ideas.  I was inspired by a number of cards I saw and cased the following two cards for my great-nephews who were turning 13 and 14 this summer.  The first card for my 14 year old great-nephew was a combination of many card ideas so I can't give credit to any one stamper.  The second card was cased by the stamper who I then cased and I don't have either of their names.  I am usually so careful about this.  It is important to give credit to the original designer.

The card base is made with Dapper Denim cardstock;
it is 8 1/2 by 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.  The front panel
is Lemon Lime Twist 5 1/4 by 4.  I used the Eastern 
Beauty Stamp Set to randomly stamp the different
size dotted circles in Dapper Denim and 
Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I used the same stamps
and ink for the inside of the card and the envelope,
see photos below.
The money was stamped on Old Olive and Wild Wasabi
cardstock in the same inks using the Pocketful of Sunshine   
Stamp Set.  They were cut out using the
 Pocket Framelit Dies.  The pocket was stamped using
the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp Set
on Dapper Denim cardstock and stamped using 
Basic Black Archival ink, including the sentiment.
The pocket was then cut out using the Pocket Framelit Dies.
The money was adhered using Tombow glue to the inside of the pocket.
The pocket was then adhered on a slant,
using dimensionals to pop it up.

This is the inside of the card.  I stamped the pattern
used on the front of the card in the lower left and 
upper right of the Whisper White cardstock before 
it was adhered to the card base.  That way you can 
stamp off the page which adds interest to the card.

The Sentiment was stamped in Dapper Denim ink
using the Stylized Birthday Stamp ( I love the font
on this stamp).

Here is the Envelope and completed card.

So, this is the card for the 13 year old great-nephew.
This card is so like him and I had fun putting it together.

The card base is Whisper White Thick cardstock, again
8 1/2 by 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.  It is turned on its 
side with a top fold.  Then I did a full front panel
of Lemon Lime Twist (5 1/2 by 4 1/4), adhered with Tombow glue. 
I topped that panel with Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
(5 1/4 by 4), adhered with Tombow glue.  Using the Large
Letters Framelits, I cut out the 'C' and 'L'.  I tried
to center them on the panel and closer to the top of the panel so the
sunglasses would fit.  They were adhered with Tombow glue.

Using the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp Set, I stamped the sunglasses
in Lemon Lime Twist on Whisper White cardstock.  I cut the
sunglasses out using the Pocket Framelits.   These were
adhered using dimensionals to pop them up.  Can you see
the word COOL on the front?

The sentiment was stamped in Tranquil Tide on
a Lemon Lime Twist oval cut out using the Stitched 
Shapes Framelits.  I confess the sentiment came from
a retired stamp set and I'm not sure of the name.  I 
would recommend using "Let's Celebrate Your Day!" 
from the Birthday Delivery Stamp Set.  This was 
adhered using dimensionals to pop it up.

On to the inside of the card.  This is all stamped 
or cut out using Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.
The balloons are from that same retired stamp set. The 
Happy Birthday is from a Paper Pumpkin kit in
February 2016 (I think). The rest of the sentiment 
is done using the Number of Years Stamp Set.
This set is so versatile and can be used in many
different ways.  It also has a Framelit set that goes 
with the stamps.

Here is the envelope all by itself.  Yes, there are
those retired stamps again.  Please check out 
Birthday Delivery and Happy Birthday Gorgeous
for balloons and sentiments in the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

I hope you liked these birthday card ideas.  There are more
to come from my Birthday Fun class in July.