Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Milestone Birthday Card

Milestone birthdays are ones that deserve a little extra celebration!  As tomorrow's guest designer over at CARD A DAY BLOG I'm following that theme with this blinged up card I made for a special niece.

I created the SVG file to diecut the card on my electronic cutting machine.  If you are able to use and cut SVGs, a link for this card (and three other Milestone Birthdays) follows.  Here's how I made the card:

The first thing I do whenever I make a card is hit the scrap box to see if something will work.  I never cut into a full sheet of paper until I see if scraps will work first.  If you are a scrapbooker, save those extra paper pieces for cards!

I cut the card base from a sheet of blue cardstock and distressed it using Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Inks.  I then "flicked" water drops onto the paper and since the DIs react with water, I got a nice mottled effect (Tim Holtz's "Spritz & Flick" technique).  You'll notice that I also designed the card so that the "Happy" would extend over the top of the card.

I cut the "18" from designer paper and embossed.  I then went over it with Peeled Paint DI using a blending tool.  To lighten the center of the numbers, I used Squeezed Lemonade DI.  The technique for this was to press the ink pad on the craft sheet and using a water brush, picking up the ink and lightly swirling it in the center portion of each number.  This gives the paper a nice dimensional look.  Once it was dry, I smeared Lime Green Stickles on the numbers and outlined them with Waterfall Stickles.

The letters were cut using a scrap piece of yellow designer paper.  I stamped them with the spatter design from Stampers Anonymous' "Urban Tapestry" using Broken China DI.  Thin lines were added using the Peeled Paint Distress Marker.

I did cut into a whole piece of paper to make the card liner.  I wanted to pull in the colors I used on the base but since the pattern was so busy, I made the liner have a "window".  Then I stamped the sentiment on the white cardstock back that showed through.  If you get the SVG files for these cards, you can eliminate this liner if you want.
Like the card?  You can make one of your own if you have an electronic cutting machine that can cut SVG files!  This set includes all four milestone birthdays.


Paper Squirrel said...

Wow, very fancy! I'm sure she loved it.

Nana said...

Love this card. Great colors and 18 is such a milestone in our lives. She will love it. Thanks for linking up with the
SVG Saturday Challenge.

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Anonymous said...

What a FUN and cute card!!!!

Liz said...

Lovely card, and great embossing on the 18. Thanks for taking part in the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge.

Liz xx [DT]

Chris said...

Wonderful! I love the arge numeral and the embossing on it just adds that special touch. The color is wonderful, too. It's such a festive card! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Hooked on Craft Challenges!


Tina Campbell said...

Wow that is a cool card and the color scheme is a favorite right now with the teens too. TFS

Lynn said...

What a fun card. I love the sparkle!Thanks so much for joining us at Unique Crafters.

Unknown said...

Super card & I bet it stood out in the crowd of cards that would have been received.
Thanks for joining us at the The Cupboard Trilogy Challenges & good luck!
Jane x

Joy said...

Great card and so cleverly cut. Love all the different elements. Thanks for taking part in The Cupboard Trilogy challenge xx

CraftyNess said...

Great card and the embossing really makes the number stand out - thanks for joining us the Cupboard Trilogy this month (DT)

May said...

Love the texture on this and how it turned out! Thank you for sharing and joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

ju said...

Fun card, lots of texture too x
Thanks for joining the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge

ju said...

Fun card, lots of texture too x
Thanks for joining the Cupboard Trilogy Challenge

Lesley said...

Great card! Thanks for taking part in The Cupboard Trilogy's 'Embossing' challenge xx

Lesley (DT)

Beccalite said...

What a fabulous card, very eye catching great as an 18th is a great milestone.

Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us over at Craftymess.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

Anja said...

Such a fabulous card!!

Thanks for playing along with Creative Stampfriends.

Hugs Anja

xxbella71xx said...

What a great card, love the uses of the embossing folders on the numbers. Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

Stella xx


Kira - said...

Way cool! I love the cut-outs. Thanks for entering it at Unique Crafters :)