Sketched Birthday Cake
(inside: happy birthday)
I wanted to make an artist-themed birthday card for my niece, and when I saw the easel in the “Painter’s Palette” stamp set from Stampin’ Up, I thought it would be perfect. I ordered two other stamp sets that had images that appeared to be water-colored (to stamp on the easel) and waited not-so-patiently for the sets to arrive. Unfortunately, the easel was much smaller than I imagined, and the images I thought I’d use on it did not fit. I ended up putting the “Happy Birthday” image from the SU “Watercolor Words” set on the inside of the card (photo below) and set out to find a smaller image from my stash that looked hand-drawn, painted, etc. I ended up using the cake from the SU “Sketch A Party” set (retired?) which allowed me to skip the greeting on the front while still making it obvious that it was a birthday card. (I won’t tell you how many things I tried before finding this image that worked, and I was running out of time to get this card done before her birthday!!)
I used paper from the “Painted with Love” designer series paper pack (Stampin’ Up) along with Gina K Edible Eggplant and heavy base weight white card stock. The ink was SU Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral. (I “stamped off” the shaded part of the cake and “painted” the candle with a water brush to create two shades of the same color.)
I used the “trace and cut” feature with my Silhouette to cut out the easel.
Here are two more samples with other patterns from the same paper pack:
And here is the inside image (which I originally envisioned on the easel):
Before trying the sketched cake image, I had tried using the floral stamp from the Stampin’ Up “Heartfelt Blooms” stamp set which was a sale-a-bration incentive stamp set that was free for spending $50 (ends March 31, 2018). I actually really liked how that came out, but with no greeting, it did not seem birthday-ish enough. I can’t wait to play with this set again!
On the first one, I used Gina K Warm Cocoa ink for the easel and GK Charcoal Brown card stock for the background mat. For the second one, I heat embossed the easel with versamark ink and Gina K gold embossing powder and used Edible Eggplant card stock. The designer paper for both was still from the “Painted with Love” pack.
The cards are 4 1/4″ squares, but they fit into a regular A2 sized envelope (with extra room on the side) so they do not require a trip to the post office for mailing.
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