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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Home to Roost, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Bokeh Dots, 2019 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration, Birthday Card

Today's card is a pretty simple one, though I tried to make it difficult.  I thought I would just stamp the "Bokeh Dots" image, trim it up and then layer it with a piece of Basic Black card stock. So I set out to do that. I stamped three of the images because I thought I may mess them up and I wanted to have at least one good one.  After getting the image stamped to my satisfaction I realized that the image really needed to be stamped directly onto the Whisper White focal piece.  UGH!!!  So I set those pieces aside for maybe another day and went on to do the card right!  I had found this card on the internet.  You can see the original card here.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  The card stock was cut in half on the 8-1/2" side.  You can cut on the 11" side, it doesn't matter. I just had this piece in my pack of Basic Black card stock and I thought I would use it.  

On top of the card base is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather that later will be taped to a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White.

I tried to center the "Bokeh Dots" image as best as I could and I inked it up using Balmy Blue and Gorgeous Grape.  I sponged on the colors.  Directly from the pad was WAY too dark and looked funny, even after stamping off.  I have never had much luck with this image.  I never get the dots to pop out like everyone else does.  I need to work with it more and see if I can get those images more defined.  But for today it mostly looks like the colors were just sponged in and that is okay too. I like the looks of it.

After stamping the "Bokeh Dots" image I then stamped the wheat image from the "Home to Roost" Sale-a-Bration set.  I used black Memento ink.  After that dried a bit, I put a piece of scrap card stock over it and began drawing in the dots and dashes using a fine point Sharpie marker.  I then taped the Whisper White piece to the Highland Heather piece.

Next I wrapped a piece the burlap ribbon around the two pieces and taped the ends on the back.  I also added a piece of the Highland Heather ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration book around and on top of the burlap ribbon and I taped those ends to the back.  I took some linen thread and wrapped it around my fingers in a figure 8 and added a glue dot in the middle to hold it in place. I set that on top of the Highland Heather ribbon.  I added another glue dot on top of that and tied a Highland Heather bow and set it in place.

The words are from the "Happy Birthday Gorgeous" set. I stamped them using black Memento ink. I punched them out using the "Classic Label" punch.  I set it in place using glue dots. 

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside and the card was done.

After figuring out how to work the focal image, the card went together really fast.  I think it's pretty and makes a lovely birthday card.  Seeing it on the screen now I think it would also make a serene sympathy card.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

1 comment:

AmpleStamper said...

I love this card, as I do many of the cards I've seen here using Beauty Abounds and Butterfly Gala images--so many pretty pretty cards. This card is simple but beautiful with the layers and the dots and dashes framing the Bokeh Dots image; I just love that! I haven't bought that stamp set because I really didn't know how I would use it. You used it very effectively! Thanks for all the ideas! Hope I can make some cards as lovely as yours are.TFS