Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Engraved Greetings Vintage Birthday Card

Another birthday card! I created this one a while back for a friends birthday, but somehow it didn't make it's way here yet. Since one of my sweet furball babies turned 7 yesterday, I remembered this birthday card and thought the time was right!

I wanted a subtle (and easy) vintage look for this card and I think I managed to accomplish that. I really liked the end result. The background paper was selected from a sheet of the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, offered in the Occasions Mini Catalog. (This paper is still available to order.) It's a lighter-weight paper great for layering on cards and pages, crumples easily for a distressed look, and can even be used for papier-mache projects.  With its vintage encyclopedia look, it's a no-brainer for creating the still trendy vintage style.

The flourish (from the Bliss stamp set offered during Sale-a-bration) was stamped over the paper in Basic Black. The flower image was lightly colored in using a Blender Pen with Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz ink. TIP: Rather than "coloring", I mostly just touched the tip of the blender pen to the paper so it wouldn't over-saturate and pill.

The greeting was stamped with VersaMark on a Very Vanilla oval (die-cut with the Big Shot), then covered with black embossing powder and heat set. The embossing does not show up well at all in these photos, but looks awesome in person. Trust me on this one!

After sponging Pink Pirouette lightly around the edges, I mounted the oval on a "frame" created with the Decorative Label Punch. Just punch out one piece, cut it in half, and attach the halves behind the oval. I LOVE the look of this! I've played with several color combos and styles of cards and it just looks great every time! (Patting self on back. Again.) Hee!

Happy Birthday, Lexi!

She's a tiny little girl under all that hair and just the most gentle thing ever. Unless, of course, her little sister gets on her nerves. Which, by the way, is pretty frequently! Hee! Happy Birthday, sweet girl. We love you!

Thanks for stopping by today.



Stamps: Engraved Greetings (117116), Bliss (retired SAB)
Ink: VersaMark (102283),  Basic Black (101179), Pink Pirouette (111838), Pear Pizzazz (119784)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (111351),  Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (121878)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439),  Ovals die (114525), Heat Tool (100005), Black embossing powder (109133), Blender Pens (102845), Sponge Daubers (102892), Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Accessories: Basic Black 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (115615), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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