Happy Happy Birthday

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Hello crafty friends. Thanks for stopping by. Ive been on a little hiatus and its great to be back. Today I want to share with you how I made a fun, sparkly, girlie birthday card using just a few supplies. Let’s get started!

You all know my love affair with background stamps…I don’t know. It has so many possibilities. The wonderful background stamp I used on today’s card is called Mod Flower from Simon Says Stamp. Love love love this stamp. You can literally use it all year round..So I inked up the stamp with Simon’s embossing ink after I used my anti static tool on my card base. I stamped the image on my card and used white embossing powder and heat set it.

I wanted to choose some colors the would POP with the white embossing powder so I chose Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks. These inks are sooo yummy when you blend them together. Starting with Wilted Violet, I made sure my blending tool is good and loaded with ink. I dab just a bit off so it will blend well. As I started up the card base I made sure I didn’t blend to darkly because it would’ve been hard to blend the next colors smoothly. Once I was done with the “1st round” I went back to make sure the colors blended fairly well and didn’t see a huge separation in the colors.

I wanted a bit of sparkle so I added some embellishments. I tried to use the same colors of the card (purple, pink and yellow) but with the brightness of the picture, its hard to really see it. It just looks like super dark gems…but I assure you in real life, its rally cool looking. I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Birthday Numbers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and used the Silver Shimmer Spritz from Tsukineko. Make sure you follow the directions on the back of the bottle. If not, it will add wet drops instead of a mist and might mess up your distressing.

That’s it! A super fun, happy birthday card. If you have trouble with blending…I suggest a few things that work for me: Make sure your blending tool is inked up pretty well. Make sure your cardstock is smooth. I find it doesn’t leave lose harsh blending marks as much and lastly with anything..PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE and watch some youtube videos on it. Laura Bassen who in my opinion is PHENOMENAL at basically everything but she blends so smoothy. There are sooo many videos out there.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you next time. The supplies I used to make this card and where I purchased them are listed below.

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