Monday, January 14, 2013

Birthday Card Challenged No More!

The past few years I have been pleasantly surprised at my output of handstamped Christmas cards thanks to Christmas card challenges on the web. This year I decided to devote more attention to making birthday cards in advance of the dreaded eleventh hour, as well. Fortunately there is a new challenge in town for just this occasion: Seize the Birthday. They have a fun concept: one week they give you a challenge and you make a "feminine" birthday card with it, then the following week you use the same challenge to create a "masculine" version.

The first sketch is this one and this is the week for a girly card:

I created this card by embossing a sheet of pink pearl Shimmer Sheetz in my Cuttlebug using the Paisley embossing folder. Then I swiped Black StazOn ink across the top to provide a bit of contrast.
4.25 X 5.5 inch card
I am really happy about the scalloped border Labels One dies that Spellbinders recently brought out. They add a subtle touch of colour to frame the Labels One die cuts. Labels One is still my favourite of all the Spellbinders dies, so it is nice to have new ways to use them.

Shimmer Sheetz is an interesting product that pressure embosses easily. In the card below, I used a Spellbinders M-bossibilities folder. Then I sanded the top of the relief areas to provide white contrast to the pink pearl below. This folder has a space for a Labels One die cut and the calligraphy quote and frame from Quietfire Design were stamped in StazOn Fucshia ink.

5 X 7 card
This is what the Shimmer Sheetz looks like prior to being embossed:
 Here is the embossing folder I used:
So now I have two birthday cards for 2013 made already! Be sure to check out the Seize the Birthday blog to learn how you can play along, too.


Kim S said...

That's a beautiful effect! Great with the sketch as it allows so much of it to be shown. So glad to see you at Seize the Birthday!

Yogi said...

wondwerful cards. Love shimmer sheetz, although it's been a while since I've used them. Have to pull them out...
Have a great day

Deborah Frings said...

Both these cards are just lovely! I really like the paisley embossed background on your first card. The second card is a vision in pink - so pretty!

Anonymous said...

These are inspirational. Not all frou-froued up, nice and elegant. Hmm makes me want to make some!
Linda T.

Robyn said...

Nice Charmaine-thanks for using Quietfire Stamps!
Love the texture- and the heads up on the scalloped label one die!

Jen said...

fabulous colours

Thanks for playing along at this weeks Seize the Birthday!!
Jen xx

Joyce said...

What cool paper. I think I may have some of this in my stash. It really packs quite a punch when embossed. I like both of your birthday cards--it's good to be prepared.