August is the month of many birthdays in our family. My husband and both of our sons have August birthdays. To make things even more interesting, my mother-in-law and brother-in-law have August birthdays. We have five family birthdays in eight days! So, I have been making some birthday cards.
For this card, I embossed a piece of ivory cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4 inches (to layer on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch A2 card base). I used the Cuttlebug "Everyday Greetings" combo set folder to emboss the cardstock. Then I colored the raised flowers with my ProMarkers. I used three shades of blue (powder blue, sky blue and duck egg) and two shades of green (lime green and bright green). I tried to be fairly neat but didn't worry too much about small imperfections.
In order to speed the drying process, I used a heat gun. The cardstock has a tendency to curl up when it dries. You can flatten it under a stack of heavy books for a day or so, OR, you can use lots of extra adhesive to keep it flat on your card top.
The card surface is incredibly shimmery and smooth. I added three gradient gem stickers in the flower centers for some extra definition and sparkle.
I used a foam circle to lift the sentiment above the card surface.
The sentiment is yet another of the pre-made sentiments from CraftWork Cards - My friend Enfys gave a little bag of these to each of the Scrappy-go-Lucky Design Team members when we met up in Los Angeles last January. It is printed on pearlized cardstock so it fits right in with the embossed card topper.
It is extremely difficult to capture the look of the shimmery card top in a photo - I hope you can get a sense of how soft and pretty this turned out.
Inside the card, I added a white liner punched with the Martha Stewart Double Loops Punch around the page set. There was a slight imperfection near the middle so I used a couple of small gem stickers to cover these rough spots. A quick stamped sentiment and the card is ready to sign and give.
This card is relatively simple to color and the glimmer mist helps to blend in any imperfections. I can't wait to try more of these with some of my other embossing folders. I'll have some more specific tips to share on the coloring and I'll post those soon.
Today I was wondering how many of my readers are in the middle of back to school preparations? For the first year in a long time, there is no one in our house headed back to school this fall.
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