August 24/10  "Birthday"

Created: August 22, 2010

"HB - A Gift"  card
Size: 4.25"w x 5.5"h

And it covers a few challenges:

Crazy Challenge  Have a heart on card
YNS Challenge #23 Bold Bright summer colors
Aud Sentiments  #9 Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shops Best #21 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Q is for Quotes
Prairie Fairy Designs #33 Punch it
Stamping 4 the Weekend  #45 Anything Goes
Create 4 Fun  #34 Birthday Card
One Stitch at a Time  Say it with Shapes
Craft Your Passion  #19 Anything Goes

I'm using another background I made eons ago. I'm pretty sure it was Pearlescent acrylics brayered on to white cardstock, in a peachy tone and an aqua tone. Very soft looking in real. It's layered onto a bright orange main card.

I used the EK Success deep edger "Le Circle punch on medium weight rice paper (with a piece of copy paper underneath) The rice paper was another of those under layers that turned out a gorgeous mottled green. After punching the design (see Nitty Gritty Tutorial using border punches), I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Mesh folder, brayered the high points with Perfect Medium and embossed with Queen's Gold. Adhered them to the card, then put a letter into each circle to spell the words "Happy Birthday". In the empty spaces between the words, I created 3D flowers using a McGill Petite Petals punch and scrunched/embossed decorated paper in orange/red tones. Pinched and formed the petals to stand up, added orange stamen and adhered them to the card. Used a not quite oval shape punch (Punch Bunch) to create the leaves, again from green decorated/embossed paper. Scrunched up the bottom area and adhered tot he stamen stems.

Stamped the quote (Quietfire DesignQuote Marks set) with Versafine black. Then added a small red heart rhinestone.

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