Two of our nieces are having a birthday this month so I’ve been trying to come up with cards to match their personalities.
The younger preteen niece, whose birthday is Friday, is a vivacious and outgoing redhead with a vibrant personality. I wanted to capture this by making a card with a mixture of colors, patterns and texture, something that’s a little out of my comfort zone because I’m always worried about doing too much.
Throwing caution to the wind, I pulled out my Birthday Bash DSP, which alone satisfies the colors/patterns requirement. I had thought I would use my Celebrate Today stamp set for the balloons and the paper as a background, but as I was looking at the paper I realized I would rather cut the balloons from the paper using the Balloon Framelits Dies.
I love the way the Birthday Bash DSP, like all Stampin’ Up! DSP packs, makes it easy to coordinate the colors. I chose three sheets with colors and patterns I thought worked well together. I also chose the colorful matchstick design (my favorite) for the first layer of the card and glued it to my Calypso Coral card base.
Next, to add some texture, I added a layer of Whisper White card stock that I embossed with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
This is where I started to hyperventilate a bit, wondering if I was overdoing it. But, I breathed through my budding panic and kept going.
I used Dimensionals on all the balloons to give them some lift. (Get it? Ha-ha! I’m here all week, folks.) I then attached Baker’s Twine in Calypso Coral (no longer available), Tangerine Tango and Island Indigo (no longer available).
I made a mental note to finally order the twine in Crushed Curry and Whisper White (both good replacements for the colors used here) and take advantage of free shipping this week.
I wanted to use my Bow Builder Punch, because I hadn’t used it in FOR-EV-ER (aka since Valentine’s Day), so I created a bow from the same paper as the background and used it to gather the balloon strings.
To echo the gold accents on the confetti balloon, I added a gold sequin to the center of the bow because the birthday girl loves her bling.
The ONLY stamping I did on this card was the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Banners set that is stamped in Calypso Coral ink. I adhered this to the confetti balloon using a dimensional I cut in half.
All in all, I think this is a really fun card! There is a lot going on, but not too much. It was a quick and easy card that doesn’t look quick and easy. I’m planning on making different variations of this card to keep on hand.
I’m also entering this card in the Paper Players Challenge #239, which calls for a project made using a die cut.
Here’s what I used to make this card (excluding the twine colors that are no longer available).