Inspiration to Creation: Birthday Card

Today's card was inspired by a really neat pin that came across my Pinterest feed - DIY gold polka dotted gift wrap. You can read the tutorial here, over at Popsugar.

One of my close friends had a birthday this past weekend, and she adores polka dots. I could not resist trying a gold polka dot card. Instead of stamping gold paint though, I decided to do use gold heat embossing powder instead.

First, I took some white card stock and the Graduated Dots Mixables stencil from My Favorite Things, a sponge dauber, and Versamark, and carefully sponged random polka dots. I did a couple at a time, sprinkling Stampin' Up! gold embossing powder on them and heating them to emboss.

Once I had the white panel completed, I used the same gold powder and the Avery Elle Cake & Candles stamp set to emboss my sentiment on a sheet of plain vellum. My card base is Stampin' Up!'s Pool Party, so I cut another small strip of that, and then cut my vellum so it was narrower than the colored strip. I adhered the card stock strip to the white panel, then wrapped the vellum strip around the panel, before adhering the whole panel to the card base. I kept it flat, since I was going to mail the card, but you could also add foam adhesive or fun foam behind the panel for a bit of dimension.

I love how classic and gorgeous this card turned out. It was fairly easy to make, just a little time consuming for the sponging of the polka dots, but I can see this particular layout being used for multiple types of cards, with all kinds of colors or sentiments. There's just something about the gold and aqua though.