Bright & Beautiful Birthday

Hi friends! It’s time for spring birthdays and I have a simple birthday card to share with you.mlo2017-IMG_6469

I’m a big fan of rainbows…especially when March has been filled with snowstorms and thunderstorms (in one weekend). So I channeled that cheerfulness when creating this card. I used the Rainbow Wishes stamp and die bundle from Concord & 9th along with the pastel ink set from AlteNew.

What’s great about this stamp set is that each band of the rainbow is its own stamp, giving you loads of flexibility (literally) in how you position and ink the stamps. I used my MISTI to help me line things up just right. Because these are solid images, sometimes you need to stamp a couple of times to get good ink coverage. A tip I’ve seen from “the pros” and that I use faithfully is to ink the solid stamp with VersaMark and then wipe it off with your hand. Something about the oils in your skin and that sticky VersaMark really help your ink to stick to those brand new stamps. I really love this set of pastel inks – the colors are so soft and lovely. I find myself reaching for them a lot.

After stamping each band of the rainbow – positioned so that they’d fall off the card – I die cut a cloud and embossed it with sticky embossing powder. This embossing powder goes on clear and gets sticky with heat. To that I added some Distress Glitter for texture. You could also use a glue pad or a Xyron to create a sticky surface for the glitter.

I stamped the sentiments above and below the rainbow, and then for some reason covered up the “&” in the “& beautiful birthday” with my popped up cloud.  I die cut the “bright” from some gold cardstock (Paper Source) and adhered the three layers together and then to the rainbow.  With the gold “bright” and glittery cloud, I decided that this card didn’t need any other embellishment. Lots of white space with this one!

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Can you feel the sunshine coming through? I can! Thanks for stopping by!

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