Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my youngest son Ryan today!  He is 21.  Oh my – the baby is 21.  While we aren’t with him to celebrate we will do that once we get back together in August for a family vacation.  I did make a card for him that I sent to his girlfriend early so she could give it to him.  He will go visit her for his birthday.

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I love this card!  And it is so easy and fun to make.  I used the brand new Embossing Paste to create the background.  So if you could touch the card you can feel and see the texture from the embossing paste.  To make this background I used the diamond patterned mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask set.  I colored my embossing paste (which is white) with the Lemon Lime Twist Reinker.  I put just a little bit of paste in an empty embellishment container and added a drop of reinker and used one of the palette knives to mix it up.

Put the card base on the table, place the mask over the top and secure with some old washi tape.  Then use the Palette Knife to spread the colored paste onto the card base.  I did a very thin layer and then put the lid on my container so I could make some more cards with what I had mixed.

You do need to clean the mask and the palette knifes right away – or drop them into a container of water until you can clean them.  The paste dries very quickly so make sure you keep the lid on your jar.

I used the Milestone Moments stamp set – it’s a perfect set for making all kinds of birthday cards.  I also needed one for a 70th birthday but that wasn’t one of the stamp in the set.  But don’t worry – if you are careful you can create what you need – I inked up the SEVENT – part of the Seventy-fifth stamp and then the IETH part of one of the other stamps (there are several) and made one that said SEVENTIETH.

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I also used a little bit of paste that I had left for the envelope.  And I added the card to a bottle of wine that was wrapped up in 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied with Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.

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All ready for a masculine birthday!

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A Little Wild with Embossing Paste

One of my favorite items in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is the A Little Wild stamp set.  I just love the little elephant and I love that the animals have fronts and backs and the dies cut out both into a little tag.  You can use them like that or cut them apart.

And another one of my favorites is the new Embossing Paste.  That along with the dies and palette knives make it easy and fun to create interesting textured backgrounds.

For my card I paired them together – I created this for a swap card – so I’ve already made a whole stack of these.

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I used the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and a small amount of the Embossing Paste.  I didn’t want full coverage on my card stock so I just smeared it through the mask where I wanted it.  Every card turns out just a little different.  The paste dries quickly if you are using a thin layer.  I wish you could feel the texture!

The little elephant was stamped on Shimmery White card stock and then I watercolored with Soft Sky ink using my Aquapainter.  I also lightly watercolored on the cloud – which is really the Pretty Label punch.  I finished the card with some Pool Party Baker’s Twine around the Crumb Cake Layer.

You can get the A Little Wild stamp set as part of a bundle with the Little Loves Framelit Dies.  Be sure to look for bundles throughout the catalog – they save you 10%.

Here is a little video from Stampin’ Up! –

Super cute!

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