Thursday, February 18, 2016

IO Challenge- Happy Birthday to You

I love birthday challenges.  After all, who doesn't need lots of birthday card ideas?  I think I make birthday cards more than anything else.

For my card, I made a shaker card using one of the balloons from the Balloon die set (DIE359-R) and added my sentiment from the Greetings Top Edgers die set (DIE234-M).

I thought the white backround was a little too plain, so I stamped the Swirls and Stars Cover a Card background (CC054) onto the white paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with an irridescent embossing powder.  Here is a close up:

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

IO Challenge- Friends Forever

Aren't cards for friends wonderful?  You can never thank friends enough for the role they play in our lives.

For my card today, most of the work is in creating the background.  You could customize it to be your favorite colors or to personalize it for the friend who is receiving the card.  I decided to use colors that reminded me of a sunset.

I started with white glossy paper and then brayered it with some of my favorite Distress Inks.  I let it dry completely and then embossed the brand new Grunge Cross Cover a Card Background (CC230) with black embossing powder.  You can't tell it from the picture, but the embossing gave the background a nice glossy, raised sheen.  One of the things I like about making your own background papers with embossing powder is that you can customize the look and it is much cheaper than buying patterned papers with glossy elements.

To finish the card, I added and the Holding Hands image (D13399) and So Glad (A13411) saying.

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