Happy Birthday Card

Sharing a card I made for my stepmom's birthday today. I received the Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut stamp & die set for Christmas and I couldn't wait to make a card with it. The 'happy' die (and stamp) is just such a great font. I used purple glittery paper from Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby's brand, I believe). I love this glitter paper - it doesn't flake off at all...even a tiny bit!

I stamped 'birthday' from the stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink (I find that this stamps words better than Memento - but I used Memento on the pieces I colored) onto some Stampin' Up! Pool Party card stock. Not only is Pool Party my favorite of the colors from Stampin' Up!, but I feel like the purple worked well with the aqua.

Next I stamped (with Memento Tuxedo Black) the fox from the Party Animal stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I colored him in with my Copic markers (I have the Ciao set with 72 colors which are now almost 7 years old according to when I purchased them and still work beautifully), and carefully cut him out. (I don't have the matching dies for this set). Then I took the Memento Tuxedo Black marker and carefully ran it along the edges so that my cut appeared super clean. I also stamped one of the little gifts from the set and did the same - cutting it out and running the marker on the edges.

Before adhering the Pool Party strip, 'happy' and fox to the card, I used the small stamps from the Party Animal set and various Memento ink colors to randomly stamp around where the strip was going to be. I tried to place the stamps closer to the border and then spread them out the further they went, but I'm not really that great at that kind of spacial arrangement so it didn't turn out exactly as I had planned.

I attached everything down to the front, using some very thin foam adhesive for the fox (I'm mailing this card) and added some teeny tiny Martha Stewart star sequins to the left side to tie in with the stamped images.

On the inside of the card I stamped a phrase from a Simon Says Stamp set "It's Your Birthday." 

And that finished off my card! Since it is being mailed the only real dimension I used was the thin foam adhesive behind the fox.

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