How I made this card:
I started off with a teal colored ombre paper that I used the W & S Layered Stencil Dots on with my Distress Oxide inks. I used several colors and overlapped the different sized circles, then set it aside to dry. Next I stamped my plain cupcake in Antique Linen Distress Ink so I could do a little "no -line coloring. I started with my Copics, then added additional details and highlights with my Polychromos colored Pencils. I then stamped the strawberry on another piece of card stock, colored it, then fussy cut it out. I also fussy cut my cupcake out as well. I decided to use die cut elements from my Blueprints 26 die from MFTs. I used the balloon, the words "happy & Birthday" and a small bow.
I decided to die cut some of the card elements from paper I found in one of my 12 x 12 paper packs from DCWV. This one was actually for DIY projects, mostly mini albums, but I liked the paper so I used it! The balloon is cut from a very thick, colored vellum that looks very much like the texture of the bokeh dot background I had made. I also die cut the word "Birthday" from that paper pack as well. For the "happy" and the cupcake bow, I used a foiled cardstock from a 6 x 6 DCWV Gold Foil Cardstock stack (white with gold foil dots) as the card needed some light/brighter elements. I die cut the "happy" three times and glued them together for a slightly more raised, less fragile look to the word die cut.
With everything cut and colored, I arranged the elements onto my colored background. I decided to cut down the width of the colored piece so that I could mount it to a standard white top-folding A2 card base and have the white show on both sides of the card. I also decided to cut my die cuts to overlap onto those white edges, I like that effect. Since the "happy" was in front of the balloon element, that was where I strategically placed my adhesive for the vellum balloon, so it wouldn't show. I also decided to pop up the "Birthday" sentiment strip as well, to give the card more dimension. I cut a slit in the top of my cupcake icing so that the base of my strawberry would disappear into the frosting.
It was at this point I decided I needed some additional shine and dimension to my card. I grabbed my strawberry and loaded on a thick layer of Glossy Accents onto it and set it aside to dry (overnight). I then stamped the elongated sprinkles onto my cupcake then chose 3 coordinating colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops and somewhat randomly filled in the candy elements with the very dimensional and opaque Nuvo Drops. I set that aside to dry overnight as well. The next day, I assembled my card and lastly grabbed a piece of natural hemp twine and tied it to the balloon, placing a glue dot underneath to keep the twine from loosening up. I also coated parts of the twine with clear drying glue so it would keep it's shape and adhere to the paper. The final touch was the tiny white/gold bow (same paper as the "happy" die cut) and enamel dot that I adhered to the cupcake!
I hope you enjoyed my card, it was really fun to make! I also realized that I love how the Nuvo"why don't I use these more?"
To see other Witt & Sass Design Team creations, go to the Witt & Sass Facebook page (you'll need to join first) or check Instagram at @wittandsassstampco. Also the store's website has lots of inspiration and information about W & S, some of it quite funny! Their website is: https://www.wittandsassstampcompany.com/
However, if you just want to see more of my stuff, visit me on Instagram, that's where all my work is located. I'm jktaylor911. I don't blog every card, so IG has so much more!
Thank you for visiting me and to all you Leo's out there - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Happy crafting and bless you all,
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