Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects are all about party fun – festive gatherings like New Year’s, birthdays and other fun times. How fun! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
First and foremost – a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our fearless leader, Brian King! My party card for this blog hop just happens to be for a very special birthday!
Here’s my card:
I’ve already posted cards made with the layering diorama dies and you can see one of those posts here. For that post, I created a faux shaker card, but did include multiple pictures of hos I layered the diorama die cuts. The Party Puffin card has three layers: white is adhered directly to the DSP, the Granny Apple Green is popped up on dimensionals, as is the Misty Moonlight layer. The double layer of dimensionals for the layering dies also means I need to use a double layer of dimensionals on the foremost puffin on the right and behind the cake.
- While it probably would’ve been easier to create a tent fold card, I went with a side fold. Therefore, the Granny Apple Green base measures 11 inches by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
- The piece of white cardstock for the back layering diorama mat measured 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. I trimmed another piece of white cardstock to the same measurements for the inside of the card.
- The Granny Apple Green cardstock measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. The Misty Moonlight top layer measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Originally, I thought about using an embossing folder to give the Misty Moonlight cardstock some texture. Then, I decided I’d just randomly stamp the trio of candles on it instead. I did stamp off each time I stamped so the candles wouldn’t be too dark.
- This Pattern Party Host 12 x 12″ DSP (designer series paper) stack is full of fun colors and patterns. Not into so much color? The reverse side of each of the 48 (yes, 48!!) sheets is black and white. All of those patterns are fabulous as well. Anyway, I trimmed the piece for the front of the card to 4-1/8 inches to 5-3/8 inches. I used a piece trimmed to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
What Else I Did:
- I used quite a number of dimensionals on this card. Not as many as on the shaker card for which I included the link above, but dimensionals definitely hold this card together.
- After stamping the puffins and the cake in Momento Tuxedo black, I fussy cut each piece. I’m getting better and a bit faster at fussy cutting. If you are left-handed, you understand why this is a big deal.
- Since Pale Papaya is a color in the DSP, I decided to use the blends combo for the beak and feet of the puffins. I used the light Smoky Slate blend for the beak as well. I decided to color the candle flames in Pale Papaya as well
- Then, I used the bullet end of the Granny Apple Green and Misty Moonlight blends for the cake and the party hat.
- I stamped the sentiments for both the inside and the outside in Misty Moonlight. The outside sentiment is cropped using the rectangle stitched dies.
- Since I thought some additional color was needed on the inside, I stamped 3 fishes around the sentiment. Even though the fish have a bow, somehow I thought it would be creepy to have the fish for a present for the birthday puffin.
- After I had everything together and adhered, I wanted something else, but knew I needed something subtle. So, I used the fine tip glue pen to color the Misty Moonlight semi-circles and the Granny Apple Green part of the birthday hat. I couldn’t just stop and leave the cake alone and naked, so I all use the glue pen on the colored parts of the cake.
HINT: Make sure you allow the glue to completely dry before you try to move the card. I’ve been impatient with that before and it didn’t work well. Here’s a close-up of the DIY epoxy dots I created (thanks to Brian King’s fabulous idea!).
- Finally, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap and punched a 1 inch circle to run through the XYRON create-a-sticker for the envelope seal. With that, I’d finished this very layered card, envelope, and seal coordinated set.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
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