Hey everyone, Britney here! I am so excited to be on the Pawsome Stamps blog today featuring a few pretties from this most recent May Release. I have to be honest, my family and I have been under the weather recently and my son’s teachers have birthdays coming up. I was trying to think of a quick way I could easily mass produce cards. And if you are looking for something like that as well, then these are the cards for you!
I always like to start with my background first and I build up from there. I almost (I should just stop saying almost) always use some rectangle stitched dies to cut the panel cardstock. You could also use a piece of fun patterned paper. I started with the smallest of the three panels which was cut from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. For my first card, I started by using the Birthday Balloons Stencil. Got the red shaded balloon (there’ something about a red balloon on a birthday card that just makes it special), then moved on to yellow, and then an “aqua”. I noticed when I inked on the “aqua”, it kind of smudged the red balloon. I was fine, I was able to go back and bump up the color some with that red balloon. For my second card, I started with the “aqua” color and it worked out much better.
I found coordinating colors of backing cardstock and cut those down to size using stitched rectangle dies. Normally these panels are warped. If this happens to you, I just glue these pieces together with strong liquid adhesive and place them under a couple of Mistis to dry nice and flat before adding them to my card base. I stamped a sentiment from Puffy Birthday Greetings stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink. After stamping a sentiment using a Misti Stamping Platform tool, I popped the panel up using foam tape to give this card some dimension.
Stamping an image and sentiment on the inside finishes the card off nicely. It is easier to stamp an image and/or sentiment on the inside of the card before adhering the card panel to the base. The bulk of the foam tape can make it difficult to get a good impression using a Misti Stamping tool. I stenciled on two of the balloons from the stencil. I used sentiments from Bday Cupcakes and of course, Macarons. Next, I used some liquid glue to adhere my background panel to the card base. I like to put the base under a couple of my Misti’s to help it lie flat.
As a last minute decision, I had some embellishments to add to much needed shine. Sometimes a simple card can look great. I hope you enjoyed today's cards and they give you ideas when in a time crunch. Have a wonderful day and make sure to check out all the goodies in the Pawsome Stamps shop.