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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 26 February 2016

A pretty birthday card

Hi folks

Hope you're all keeping well?

Here in Nottingham, UK, it's been a cold day today but at least there was some nice blue sky and sunshine to admire from the cosy warmth of my home.

Today I'd like to share with you a card I made for one of my beautiful nieces for her birthday, which was yesterday, so it's safe to post this now!

Ingredients: 8-inch card blank
                     papers from the Docrafts Papermania Geometric Neon Capsule Collection
                     Papermania Linen Textured card
                     Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Frameworks Trellis Die
                     First Edition Modern Sentiment Dies set
                     Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio Die
                     Tim Holtz Collection Layering Stencil Blossom THS031
                      Docrafts A5 Clear Background Stamp - Musicality
                      VersaColor: 33 Pink, 60 Celadon
                      Memento: MD-200 Tangelo
                      Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink: Pumice Stone
                      Lace, flowers, clear gems and sequins from stash

I took the card and cut a section off on the front right.

I added paper to both the front and inside of the card. The sheet I chose had a geometric squares design on it but was a fairly "quiet" paper - not too busy with pattern - the squares being made up of lines and dots, in both blue-green and white. I over-stamped this (on the front and inside of the card) with the Musicality stamp using celadon ink (this colour matched the colour on the paper perfectly, so it looks like it was printed on actually!).

I took the layering stencil and using the pink, tangelo and celadon inks and little bits of foam (the kind of foam pieces you find in packs of ten in the make-up section of any chemist or supermarket) I pounced the ink onto the stencil to get my multi-coloured blossoms on both the front and inside of the card.

Next I die cut my trellis from white textured card and inked up around the edges using my go-to distress ink - pumice stone. I fixed it to the card front and then added the flowers and bits of die-cut foliage, which I had left over from another card I'd made recently.

I die-cut six butterflies from another sheet of paper from the pack using the Cascadia Butterfly Trio die, gently inked around their edges, shaped their wings a little and then placed three on the front and the other three on the inside right on the blossoms.

I fixed some white lace down the left side on the front and inside and then added the sequins here and there and the clear gems to the bodies of the butterflies.

I die cut the Happy Birthday banner from the First Edition set, inked around the edges with pumice stone and fixed it in place using foam pads.

Lastly I added sentiments on the front and inside.

Here are some close-ups:

Oops! This photo went a bit green for some reason!

Well, I hope you like this card.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon.

Julie x