There are birthdays, and then there are milestone birthdays. Today’s card was custom-made for a friend who wanted a special card for a birthday girl celebrating that all important 50th birthday. She wanted the sentiment, “We Divas have to work together” incorporated into the design. The sentiment set the tone for the card, and as I browsed through my stamps, I found the perfect image for the card: The Birthday Queen!
Isn’t she a hoot? I stamped her on specialty stamping paper. She’s a very detailed image, and I wanted to capture all the intricacies of her ruff, jewelry and elaborate hair-do. Because specialty stamping paper has a unique coating, images come out crisp and clean. I like that!
Building the Base fit for a Birthday Queen
I had been hoarding this wonderful paper in my stash, waiting for just the right occasion. (It’s from The Paper Loft Fun and Games collection and is titled “checkmate.” ) I cut the cream panel to 5×3 3/4 inches and the red panel at 5x 3 1/4 inches, tearing it along the right hand edge. These panels were stitched together and then stitched around the perimeter of the card.
Every Birthday Queen Needs a Throne
To create the background for the birthday queen, I stamped an area with Perfect Medium. I prefer using Perfect Medium for this sort of embossing. It is stickier and really holds the heavy embossing powder I planned to use. If you don’t have Perfect Medium, Versamark will work, too…you just have to apply it quite heavily. Stampendous Antique Gold Embossing Powder was mixed with Stampendous Antique Silver embossing powder and then liberally sprinkled over the Perfect Medium. A paintbrush was used to brush away the hard corners and create the shape I was going for. I heat set it from beneath the paper, so that the embossing powder would not scatter or blow away. Once the embossing was set and cooled, I gently bent the paper, cracking the embossed area and creating this wonderful effect: I rubbed over the top with Black Soot Distress Ink and then used a lightly dampened paper towel to rub off the excess. This emphasizes those marvelous crackly bits. “You Rule” was stamped in Coffee Archval Ink.
Bejeweling the Birthday Queen
A queen simply cannot attend a 50th birthday party without her jewels! I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Chandelier on her ruff. When that was dry, I added rhinestones along the collar and in her hair where the stamped design dictated. It’s hard to pick up the Glimmer Glam with the camera, but in real life, it adds a wonderful, subtle sparkle to that amazing ruff. For the jewel on the top of her head, a stick pin from Petaloo was inserted into her topknot. Beauty is pain, people!
“Birthdays are a royal pain” was stamped in Coffee Archival ink, heat embossed and cut into a flag shape. I shadowed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Flags were cut into the end panels. (The easy way to do this is to mark the center point of the panel very lightly with pencil at the place where you want the “v” to be. Then just cut in from each outside corner to the “v” and Voila! Fishtail Banner!) The crown was bejeweled and the number 50 was cut from metallic foil board using Tim’s Vintage Market die. A little diamond flourish, and the front of the card is complete. Does it say Diva to you?
Adding the Sentiment
The inside of the card was a snap to make. I cut a 5x 6 1/2 inch panel from the same sheet of paper. Then the crown image from the set was randomly stamped all over the panel in Antique Linen Distress Ink. The mirror image was stamped with Coffee Archival Ink and the birthday greeting was penned beneath this. I used a ribbon to echo the front panel, and penned “we divas have to work together” on the left hand side. The crown from the set was stamped with gold ink and heat embossed. Easy peasy!
Thanks for stopping by my little blog today. I hope you were inspired to get out your inks and paper and play awhile. It’s such a satisfying thing to create art…and you don’t have to do it in an art studio. Art can be created in the kitchen when you prepare food with love. Art happens in the garden when you lovingly tend it (although I confess, that is NOT my artistic venue!) Art can created when you write down your thoughts, or arrange items in your home, or whenever you pour your soul into what you are doing. Why not make it a point to make the world more beautiful by creating art somewhere, somehow today? Thanks for your comments! They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time…
Products used in this project: Cornish Heritage Farms: A Royal Birthday; The Paper Loft: Fun and Games collection, Checkmate; Ranger Industries: Perfect Medium, Distress Ink, Archival Ink; Stampendous: Aged Gold Embossing Powder, Aged Silver embossing powder; Stampin’ Up: Crocheted Lace Ribbon; Rhinestones from my stash.