Happy Birthday Wishes Flowers Card
This birthday card idea was inspired by a AAA Birthday birthday card challenge whereby the theme for the month was flowers. Combined with my current obsession with blending on my homemade cards and trying to use as much of my crafty stash as possible. As I wanted specific coloured card to go with the dye inks I have to blend with I ended up making diy card stock colours too by utilising my alcohol markers. I have a few cards in mind using my homemade card stock as well as the emboss resist technique and flowers frame stamp that I used on this card, so check back into my blog in the near future for more information on those.
A link to the AAA Birthday card challenge I referred to above is below:
If you would like to view a video describing how I made this card, check out the link to my card video below:
Unfortunately, I did not record a process video whilst I was making this particular card but I will do a process video of the techniques used in a future video featuring similar card(s).
Tools and Products Used
Aliexpress – Flower Frame stamp set
Aliexpress – Birthday sentiments stamp set
Aliexpress – Flower frame coordinating die cut
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Aliexpress – Blending Brushes
Bosch – Heat gun
Anti-static powder tool
Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black
Stampin up – Cherry Cobbler
Emboss – Clear embossing ink
Bostick – Craft glue
Double sided tape acid free
200 GSM White card stock
Touchfive alcohol marker – 10 Deep Red
Stamp Effects – Embossing powder
Process to Make Happy Birthday Wishes Flowers Card
Step one: Make a red front note card using Touchfive Alcohol marker #10 Deep Red.
I like using alcohol markers to make my own homemade or diy card stock. Just make sure you use really juicy alcohol markers which will give you good coverage. This technique is also a great way to use the colours in your set of markers that are hardly used on your colouring projects and seem to only exist in your crafty stash to gather dust.
Step two: Place red front note card and flower frame clear stamp onto We R memory keepers precision press. Use an anti-static powder tool all over the card.
Make sure the stamp overlays over the edges of the front notecard if possible to get a good fill of stamp images on the final card front; right to the edge of the card.
Be sure to use an anti static powder tool prior to stamping with the clear embossing ink to ensure that embossing powder only sticks to where the stamped image is.
Step three: Using clear embossing ink, ink up the flower frame stamp and stamp onto red front note card.
Complete this step or basically ink the stamp and stamp it a few time to make sure you get good stamp impression and a good amount of ink for the embossing powder to stick to.
Step four: Sprinkle gold embossing powder all over the card. Give the card a light tap to release the excess powder leaving powder only where the stamped image is.
I do this over non-stick cooking paper to make it easy for me to recover the excess or unused embossing powder. Make sure to sprinkle the embossing powder all over the stamped image; complete the step a few times to ensure good coverage.
Step five: Heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool.
In my case I use a heat gun from the garage and make sure that I keep a good distance between the card and heat gun so that it does not burn the embossing powder. Of course, if you have a craft heat tool it is best to use that; however, you still want to keep it moving and not concentrate the heat in one place otherwise it too may burn the embossing powder or even worse, a hole in your card front!
If you find that it is too hot to hold and heat the card front, try using tweezers or a clothes peg to hold the card front whilst you heat it. Just remember to use a tweezers/peg with an insulated handle or ones made from insulated material such as wood or rubber, otherwise you may find you still get burnt.
Step six: Use a blending brush and Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler ink to blend in or create a shadow around the outer edge of the front note card.
It can help to dab off a little ink after each time you re-ink the blending brush to help get an even, blended inking around the outside of the card front. this step will look to highlight the centre of the card.
Step seven: Use the flower frame coordinating die cut to cut out the void space in the centre of the card front as well as out of a piece of spare white card stock.
Step eight: Use double tape and glue to stack the plain white card stock diecut behind the red one.
This will give the centre sentiment added dimension in addition to the highlighting created by the border blending.
Step nine: Dust the die cut with anti static powder tool. Stamp WHOA. using clear embossing ink then sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Tap off excess, then heat set using heat tool.
Step ten: Use Ranger Archival ink in Jet black to stamp Happy Birthday Wishes onto die cut.
Step eleven: Adhere card front and diecut to a silver card base using double sided tape (and glue for the centre die cut).
The centre die cut should fit nicely back into the die cut centre.
You may need to trim off excess card front where the stamp does not overhang if your card stock does not match the size of the stamp exactly.