I loved making this Happy Birthday card for my neighbor’s girlfriend! It’s a challenge to create something someone else has in mind and hope what I come up, works! Since I love the beach, I keep all of my stamp sets that have anything to do with the beach/islands. So this card uses my stash of retired sets as well as some current sets. I was excited to create a card which reflects something I love to and reflects the sentiments that he wants to express as well!
I used Seaside Paper Pack – X7192B because the colors matched the described personality of the receiver. I pulled out C1595 Hello Summer and D1531 Tropical Paradise . as well as several others. My neighbor loves the beach and so does his girlfriend. She’s a surfer. They have a lot of summer plans. He went through and picked out the images he liked the best for me to use in creating the card. Here are two of the sets I used:
I used the Z3017 Cricut Artfully Sent to create the base for the popup card (I’ve actually created and saved the blank popup card base in both a standard (4.25″x 5.5″) and 5″x 7″ card for easy recall! Love Design Space and my Cricut Air) and Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Alphabet used on the front on the card to say “Happy Birthday”.
I used paper tearing to create dimension and the illusion of surf. By alternating X5762 Lagoon cardstock and Seaside background and texture paper to create waves coming in for the ocean. I cut a piece of 1273 Desert Sand for the sand then used our Z1294 Sanding Kit to give it texture to look like sand. I took a punch and created footprints in the sand walking towards the surfboards and beach chair/umbrella. I sponged the top of the footsteps to give them some shading so it would look like what footsteps look like when you walk through the sand. I used a system font for doing the handwriting on the inside of the card through Design Space (have I told you how much I LOVE Design Space???). Anyway a few trials and errors with that due to having to cut the base of the card as well as write on it but we got it done!
I really liked the way it all came together. The inside saying stamped on the sky is D1653 Happy Everything, to be released on April 1, 2014 (Seasonal Expressions 2). It’s not blinged out or fancy as this is not her style. It does reflect their love of the beach, surfing, being together and being outside while celebrating her birthday. It did what I love to do – help people celebrate relationships. My neighbor was thrilled and I hope it will.