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Happy Birthday To You!

Hello Brutus Monroe fans and welcome to another blog post, my first, so please bare with me. I feel in love with this stamp and knew that it was going to be my first project.

So let's get started. I went ahead and stamped the image using the Happy Birthday to You stamp first, using our very own 2.75 Round Acrylic Stamp Block and Memento black ink pad. I love Stampin Up! Whisper White paper for stamping and coloring, your colors don't bleed and the stamp image just looks so crisp. With 4 of these little cuties stamped I went ahead and choose my colors for each of them with my Spectrum Noir markers.

After coloring each of these, I cut them out with my scissors making sure to be close to the black outline but leaving just a tad of white paper around the image. When cutting out little stamp images with intricate corners I turn the piece of paper with my hand while cutting, not turning the scissors, that way you have much more control over what your cutting.

Then I used my Cuttlebug and my Nestabilities to make the die cut for my Happy Birthday to You balloon animals. Taking the stamp again as a guide, I stamped the image onto the die cut where I wanted these little guys (or girls, I can't tell the sex of the stamp... LOL) to go. Then I placed each piece on the outline and glue them down with Tombow liquid adhesive. With those suckers attached I took my scissors and cut the pieces off that went past the edge of the die cut, as to make it look like a backdrop for 1 that I put in the middle on Foam Mounting Tape ($1 at the Dollar tree, gotta love it!!) My next challenge was to find some patterned scrapbook paper that contrasted well with all my elements. When I spotted the multi colored Chevron paper, I screamed " YES, this is PERFECT!"

Using my Fiskar paper trimmer, I went to about 4.75" (because my card is 5x5) so I could still see the edges of my cards color as well. Then I grabbed a green piece of scrapbook paper and a dark pink and cut those down to about 1 x 3 for the Pink (which will be on the top) and 1.5 x 3.5 for the green (which will be on the bottom). I stamped the wording only on the pink paper, that will be the sentiment at the bottom of the card.

 Like I said, my card base is a 5x5 Kraft card (brown in color) comes in a clear package from Wal-Mart and I love these cards! So now that I have all the items I put them all together again with my Tombow adhesive. As I'm putting it together, I knew it needed something else, that's were the light blue grosgrain ribbon came in. I attached each end on the back of the chevron scrapbook paper with photo squares and on the front. I made sure it went over one of the pieces of paper meant for the sentiment and under the top paper. After everything was glued and ready to go, I had this feeling that something extra would just make it POP! I grabbed the Crystal Effects from Stampin Up! and spread it over the middle raised balloon animal so it had a bit of shine. The end result is before you. Thank you for looking and have a crafty day!

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Jennifer L - September 14, 2015

Love this card!!!

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