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Since it’s a birthday, I thought it only fitting to create a bright and cheerful birthday card for the occasion.
I went a little overboard (when do I ever not?) by using almost my entire stash of Distress Inks for this card. I sponged strips of paper with two inks to create a nice blend, and then ran it through my Big Shot to get the die cut shapes. Two notes: put down the colored piece of paper, put your die on it, and then place a thin sheet of paper on top before adding your second cutting plate. That will prevent damp ink to transfer to the cutting plate and later to other projects. Note two: that took a LOT of time! Call your best friend and chat while doing this 😉 If you have a magnetic platform and a precision base plate, it makes live a whole lot easier, too.
I layered two of the shapes on top of each other to give them more stability. You can save a ton of time by just using stronger card stock from the start, but I wanted to use linen paper so there would be a subtle texture. It took forever to place the colors and shapes on the card properly before I was happy with the arrangement, but I think in the end it was totally worth it.
To adhere the shapes, I put tiny pieces of foam adhesive on the back. Told ya, I’m a glutton for punishment. You could a) just stamp the image with the matching stamp set or b) just glue the shapes down for a tiny bit of dimension. Not me, though. I had to puzzle tiny foam bits on the back of the intricate shape.
Last but not least I added a small clear droplet into the center of each shape – not for additional dimension, but rather for more interest.
I hope you enjoyed the project and got inspired. For more inspiration, continue hopping to the wonderful Kristie Goulet and don’t forget to take advantage of the week-long sale (starting Oct 18, 2015) over at CAS-ual Fridays.
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