cupcake challenge time!

This weekend, I decided to play with the sketch from this week’s Cupcake Challenge to make a birthday card for Pam, a very dear coworker. I’m so happy with the way the Robin Birthday Card turned out — I was going for a 1950s retro look, and I think I pulled it off.

For this project, I started by picking a color palette to go with this fun retro pattern from SEI’s Oasis paper pack. I’ve had it on-hand forever, and I really would like to use it up — heh, can you tell? I’m not crazy about all of the patterns (really, I just got it for one or two), so it’s been a challenge. This brown, for instance. I love the pattern, but the brown has been throwing me.

So, the color palette turned out to be pretty simple:

  • The lime green from the Oasis pack
  • My favorite Stampin’ Up! In Color, Baja Breeze
  • A base of Bazzill’s Chiffon

I love how perfect this palette is for spring! I used my Coluzzle to cut out the circle behind the image, but I really wish I had a Circle Scissor Plus — those things are so sweet.

Next, I inked up the robin stamp from Stampin’ Up!’s Friends 24-7 stamp set using my Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad.

Then, I pulled out a few Stampin’ Write markers:

  • Cameo Coral
  • Old Olive
  • Summer Sun

I colored right over the Chocolate Chip ink using the brush side of my markers. Now, I don’t know if this ruined my markers or not — they seem to be okay — but I got the look I was going for. The markers picked up a little of the Chocolate Chip ink and, at the same time, lay down their own color onto the rubber. I stamped the image, and noticed that the color blended just enough with the remaining Chocolate Chip to give the image a nice vintage look. Then, without re-inking, I stamped the image again. That stamped-off image is what you see on the card.

I finished the card off with just a few details: a greeting from Stampin’ Up!’s Hugs & Wishes stamp set, a little paper-piercing, two silver brads, a scalloped edge, and some Cool Caribbean rick-rack. The rick-rack is from Stampin’ Up!’s Flirty Ribbon Originals from 2007.

Now, because when birthday cards get passed around the office you end up with a lot of signatures, I knew that just having a 5” x 5” card wasn’t going to cut it — I needed to make it bigger! So I hand-bound in a few pieces of copy paper to make the card into a cute little book. Unfortunately, you can’t really see the binding, but it turned out really well! Everyone at the office adored it, and even better — at least for us crazy writers — we had a fantastic “St. Pammy’s Day” potluck!

Happy Monday, everyone!

recipe: cardstock: bazzill basics and stampin' up!; patterned paper: SEI; stamps, ink, brads, trim, paper piercer, and punch: stampin' up!; circle cutter: provo craft

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