Yesterday was my hubby’s birthday. I got his favorite huckleberry pie and baked it. I made one of his favorite dinners. I sat down to watch a few craft videos on YouTube. OH NO!! I forgot to make a birthday card for him! I was watching Jennifer McGuire’s Tunnel Card video and saw the cute candle card and had a minor panic attach. How could I forget to make him a birthday card?!
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Event Amnesia is not new to me; I have always known someone’s birthday is coming and then the day before or day of it’s completely out of my mind. I will talk to Mom or Dad and completely forget to say Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! My mind is weird. So here is my pledge: I will plan cards for family at least one month in advance. I will use that fancy expensive planner and all the stickers I bought and be proactive.
I don’t sit and thoughtfully make a card from start to finish very often, that’s why I’m giving the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenges a try. I have lots of card backgrounds made and ready to go at a moments notice when I need to send a quick note but when it comes to loved ones I want to do something more than just slap together something already sitting on my desk. I want it to be more personal which requires more thought.
About the card:
On the first attempt I started to use the selective inking technique to stamp the candles. Then I realized that since I’m going to stamp the image many times I could just do each image of the whole candle set in a single color since when they are cut out I would have multiple candles in many colors – BRILLIANT! There is nothing wrong with selective inking but if you are going to use the same image multiple times anyway you might as well do it quicker and easier. I also used Jennifer’s suggestion to use small bits of paper to attached the flame/hearts to the candles. The bits of paper left between the candles after die cutting was the perfect width. I used chunky glitter create a confetti background (should have used more). I used a Quick Stik to help with that. I haven’t quite got the hang of that tool yet. I used the large circle from the front and tried to blend some ink onto it for a background on the front of the card. I still don’t have the hang of using Distress Ink, I get a much better coat of color with the Distress Oxides but I was in a hurry and the Distress Ink was closer.
- MFT Stamps and Die-namics – Make a Wish
- Sizzix Framelits – Circles 657551
- Art Glitter Glue
- Chunky glitter – found at various times in Target Dollar Spot
- We R Memory Keepers Quick Stik
- Ranger Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon?
- Color Box Inks – for sentiments
- Memento Inks – for candles
- Clear embossing powder – brand unknown, I keep it in a different container for ease of use.and I’ve had it forever.
- Paper trimmer
- Score board
- Embossing stylus
- Bone folder
- Big Shot