Classic Garage Birthday Cards

Hello! Today I’m featuring two birthday cards using products from the Classic Garage Suite, which is pictured on pages 42-43 in the Occasions catalog. This is one of my favorite suites in the catalog and I’m so glad that the stamp set and coordinating dies will be carrying over into the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. These products are great for making masculine cards and are so much fun to work with!

I made this for my friend Bill’s birthday last month and used my “go to” layout, which is a great way to showcase our great Designer Series Papers.

This card was made for my brother Mark, who celebrated his birthday yesterday. I decided to use the same layout for this card too.

To make both of these cards here are the basic dimensions.

  • Tranquil Tide cardstock for card base – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fold in half
  • Classic Garage Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock mat for art piece – 3 1/4″ x 4″
  • Whisper White base for art piece – 3″ x 3 3/4″

For the first card stamp the car with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and die cut it with the coordinating framelit from the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies. Select a few of the gear dies and cut with Basic Black, Basic Gray and Silver Foil cardstock.

Wrap piece of silver metallic thread around Whisper White base and tape at back of piece. Using the Stamparatus, stamp the greeting in the upper left corner of the base with Tranquil Tide ink.

Adhere gears to base with multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere car using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere base to Tranquil Tide mat and adhere this piece to the card.

For the second card stamp the car with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and die cut it with the coordinating framelit from the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies. Select a few of the gear dies and cut with Basic Black and Crushed Curry cardstock.

Using the oil splotch stamp, ink it up with Smoky Slate and stamp off once before stamping onto Whisper White piece. Do this several times. Using the Stamparatus, stamp the greeting in the upper left corner of the base with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Adhere gears to base with multipurpose liquid glue. Adhere car using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere base to Tranquil Tide mat and adhere this piece to the card.

As a reminder, Tranquil Tide, one of the 2017-2019 InColors will be retiring soon. In addition, the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper will also be retiring. This is a terrific set of papers and it really makes the cards pop! If you have been thinking about purchasing them now is the time!

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Beautiful You Meets Painted Harvest

My friend Melinda recently asked me to make a special birthday card for her sister, who was diagnosed with breast cancer early last year and is now in remission and doing well.  She gave me a list of things she wanted me to incorporate into the design of the card: it needed to have an uplifting message, her sister loves sunflowers, loves to dance, loves the color pink (which of course is also the color of the breast cancer ribbon), wanted to have the ribbon somewhere on the card and it also needed a birthday greeting. Oh, by the way, she wanted the card size to be 5″ x 7″ rather than our standard 4 1/4″ x   5 1/2 ” sized card, which meant more space to fill up. I didn’t have a clue how this mishmash would end up looking in the final product but I was really pleased with how it turned out and within a minute of texting Melinda a photo of the card, she called me to say how excited she was, it was exactly what she was looking for and that she knew her sister would love it!

Initially, I met with Melinda and showed her a selection of stamp sets with both images and greetings and when she saw the Beautiful You set, with the image of the dancing woman and the inspirational words, that was the clincher.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate the sunflower theme until I remembered that the Painted Harvest stamp set includes sunflowers.  I pulled out whatever paper I had left from the Painted Autumn designer paper set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog and had enough of the big sunflower print left to use on the card.   I went with Blushing Bride and So Saffron as my color selections but still wasn’t quite sure how they would work with the designer paper until it all came together. 

 

I started by stamping the image of the woman with Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock and used an aquapainter to watercolor the image.  To tie the image in with the designer paper, which has a Soft Sky background, I did a watercolor wash around the image of the woman using Soft Sky ink, now retired, and the aquapainter.   I used one of the larger circles from the Layering Circles Framelits set to die cut the image and also die cut a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock using the largest scallop circle in the set and attached the pieces together. I used my Blushing Bride and Black Stampin’ Write Markers to color the greeting and used smaller sized framelits to die cut the greeting and Blushing Bride scallop circle and attached them together.  For the background, I cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock at 4 3/4″ by 6 3/4″ and did two-step stamping with So Saffron and Daffodil Delight ink all over the paper and for the centers of the sunflowers I used Soft Suede ink and stamped off before stamping onto the cardstsock.  I cut a piece of the designer paper at 1 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and attached it to the background.  I cut a piece of retired Blushing Bride ribbon and tied a bow towards the top of the card, attached both circle pieces and attached the background piece to the Blushing Bride card front. 

 

For the inside greeting, I cut a piece of So Saffron cardstock at 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ and a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ for the greeting and attached them together. I chose three of the greetings from the Beautiful You stamp set and used the Stamparatus to position the words in a staggered design, stamping with Blushing Bride ink.  I added a band of the designer paper to the bottom.  I used a retired breast cancer ribbon single stamp we had years ago to do tone-on-tone stamping with Blushing Bride ink on the back of the card as a way to incorporate the ribbon. The birthday party for Melinda’s sister took place this past Saturday evening and I anxiously awaited feedback from her.  Here is what she wrote me: “I wanted to let you know that my sister loved the card.  It actually made her cry.” Her sister is planning to post a picture to her Facebook page.  “That is how much she loves it.”

Every once in a while, my Stampin’ Up! upline, Janet Wakeland, poses the question, “What is your why?”  meaning why do you do what you do?  In this world of canned email greeting cards and tweets, I believe that people crave more personalized messages.  For me, as much as I love our products, making cards and teaching classes, ultimately, it is about bringing joy to someone in the form of a beautiful card that someone took the time to lovingly put together!

 

 

 

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