I don't understand this about myself, but I have never liked stamping images of birthday cakes??! You'll rarely see one used on my cards and I don't often even buy the stamp sets containing them. In fact, I can't remember if I even bought Party Wishes, or if I got it at OnStage Local back in November.
But I needed an idea for this week's sketch challenge for As You See It Challenges:
I didn't want just a sentiment in the middle; I wanted to add an image as well, so I went looking for a sentiment that would fit in a circle and an image to match. I found the cake and the cake sentiment, which I've always really liked (the sentiment, that is), in the Party Wishes Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalogue.
- The ribbons crossed behind the image threw me! I couldn't get something that looked right. I tried washi tape and other ribbons, including curled Melon Mambo cotton ribbon, until I settled on the Pool Party Glitter Ribbon. But then I had it crossed at too wide an angle and it looked funny. I was just about to start all over, when I realized that if I reduced the separation between the ribbons, it would look just fine. So I did and here you are!
- I inked up the cake with a Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad, avoiding getting any ink on the cake plate. The little that got on the plate I removed with a Qtip, and inked up the cake plate with a Melon Mambo Stampin' Right Marker. The candles are a separate stamp and I used markers to ink them as well.
- The sentiment is embossed on vellum with Black Stampin' Emboss Powder and punched out with a 1 1/2" Circle Punch. I used Glue Dots behind the largest letters to add it to the card front.
- Does anyone else think that the Silver and Gold Metallic Thread is from the devil? It looks great on grungy style projects, but it literally has a mind of it's own and refuses to do as you ask it, escaping your attempts to capture and anchor it to your card. Nevertheless, I persisted in this endeavor and eventually won. Now that Silver Metallic Thread behind the image panel (You can see it, right? Tell me you can see it and that it makes a big difference to my card, I beg of you!!) is captured and will remain incarcerated until the end of time as we know it!! Ahahaha!
Tomorrow, I will be at the Craft Fair at Our Lady of Lourdes School, with lots of cards, easel calendars, treats and Easter goodies for sale, along with my retired projects. It goes from 10 - 2 and includes a silent auction with great items donated by all the vendors.
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