Monday, July 18, 2016

Remembering Sister on Her Birthday!

I wanted to make a special birthday card for my sister, Heidi, to go with the little Brighton Sister necklace I left with Mom to give to her on her birthday.  This is what I came up with:

Ingredients:  Stampin' Up products:  Cardstock--Old Olive, Soft Sky; Pattern--Irresistible Yours (2015 SAB) sponged.  Stamps--Butterfly Basics (including sentiment).  Inks--Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow.  Ribbon--3/8" Stitched Satin-Mossy Meadow.  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Pearls.  Other products:  Stamps--Jillibean/ Butterflies (inside verse).  Memory Box dies:  Cascadia Butterfly Trio (solid-large); Leavenworth Butterfly Trio (filigree-large).  EK Scallop Corners-Medium.  (Thank you Liz for the original design to case.)

The Card's Story + Other Tidbits

I made a card with almost the same colors at Liz Thayer's January 30th STAMP-A-LOOZA in 2015.  She demonstrated how to make patterned paper with the stamps included in the Butterfly Basics set.  She also introduced the Sale-A-Brations Freebie flyer with the lovely Irresistible You, pre-embossed, white, patterned papers, and she showed us how this paper could be sponged with inks to change their color.  I loved the ideas and wanted to incorporate them into a card similar yet different, so I cased Liz's card and came up with my own version.

My first step was to make my three-pattern paper, using the little netting background, the postmark, and the lacy butterfly stamps from the Butterfly Basics set, stamping with Soft Sky ink on White cardstock.  I needed to make enough of this patterned paper for my two layered panels.  In addition, I needed to make the one-pattern paper shown above the ribbon, using only the netting stamp with Soft Sky ink on White cardstock.

Next, I cut the Irresistible You white pre-embossed scallop patterned paper large enough for my bottom panel below the ribbon.  I sponged this piece with Soft Sky ink and voila the paper became Soft Sky in color and the scallops popped!  I fitted the Soft Sky netting pattern to the Irresistible You sponged scallops along the narrow sides and Scotch tapped them tightly together on their back all along the center seam.

I cut a strip of the Mossy Green ribbon and applied it to the front across this horizontal seam, overlapping the ribbon over the cardstock edges and taping on the back.  Toward the right side of this horizontally adhered ribbon, I inserted another piece of ribbon vertically, tied a tight knot, and clipped the ribbon ends in a vee or fishtail shape.  I matted this panel to a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.

I cut my homemade three-pattern stamped paper into two panels.  With Mossy Green ink, I stamped one panel with the happy birthday sentiment, and the other with the fern stamp, all from the Butterfly Basics set.  I matted each of them with Soft Sky cardstock.  I used two Memory Box butterfly dies:  the solid butterfly die for the base, cut in Soft Sky cardstock, and the filigree lacy butterfly for the top layer, using white cardstock, to which I applied glue and sparkly glitter.  After the glitter dried, I adhered these two butterflies together and finished off with the Soft Sky butterfly body and pearls.

I adhered the happy birthday matted panel directly to my card front.  Next, I popped the fern panel a bit left of center as shown on the card.  The final step for the card front was to adhere my glittery little butterfly next to the fern, but only on the underside along the center of his body, leaving his wings free and unglued.

My traditional final step for all my cards is to design a complimentary inside to the card with a verse appropriate for the occasion.  I found the cute little Jillibean sentiment about glitter and thought it was perfect to stamp it onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock in Mossy Green ink.  Below this verse, I repeated the Butterfly Basics happy birthday sentiment that I used on the card front.  The scallop corners are made by stamping the Butterfly Basics lacy butterfly stamp with Mossy Green ink onto white cardstock and punching out four corners from those stamped butterflies.  To finish off my corners, I applied glue and sparkly glitter. . .after all it's all about leaving a trail of glitter!  I think my sister will be pleased with her birthday card, made with just her in mind.

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