Celebrate…

Artful Crafting – Challenge 4 Celebration

Finally my blog is up and running again, feels good to be back after 3 weeks and what better than with a new Artful Crafting Challenge project to inspire you all. It feels wonderful to have all the wonderful entries pouring in for the challenges and looking forward to some more craft love in the future challenges too.

AND there’s a hint of sparkle in the air, with Eid just around the corner and the holy month of Ramadan coming to an end, and this month’s challenge theme fits perfectly, ‘CELEBRATION’ and what better add-on to it than the ‘gold’ fever! :D Quick hop to the Artful Crafting blog and check out the new challenge! Many Congratulations from my side to the Winner and Runner Ups of Challenge 3 and looking forward to your entries for this month too.

Coming back to my project, here is a picture of the oh so lovely kit I received this month :D
7 sheets of 12×12 double-sided cardstock sheets from the WRMK Cakes & Candles collection, Party Party Party Unity stamp set, Woodware metal flower brads and Prima Forever Green Flowers Spore. (All supplies are linked to at the end of the post)

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Here are the back side of the sheets:

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Keeping the kit in view my project was definitely going to be a Birthday celebration themed. I decided to go with a fun card and got to try out a couple of things I had been meaning too for sometime but just didn’t get around to.

Decided to paper-piece the cake using the fun cake stamp, so I started out with stamping it on to all of the back sides of the cardstock sheets using black archival ink. Even though the cake had 5 parts and I had 7 sheets, I wasn’t sure just yet which colors I wanted for which layers so I stamped out on all of the sheets. Then I fussy cut the pieces out according to the colors I wanted to layer on the cake and mod-podged them together using a paintbrush.

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Then I prepared a 5″x 7″ side folding card base out of a heavy-weight dark blue textured cardstock and cut the ‘Presents’ sheet to 4.5 x 6.5 inches, a little smaller to layer on top of the card base and have a 1/4 inch of the card base showing all around.

Next I die cut 2 pieces of medium weight vellum with the largest of the Spellbinders Stately Circle dies and also cut the ‘celebrate’ paper using the same die as well. I thought the celebrate paper would work perfectly for the ‘sentiments’ on my card. I trimmed off the ‘die-cut edge’ of the die-cut from the celebrate paper just to leave behind a clean circle. This I wanted to form the base mat for my cake as I needed the cake to be the point of focus and have something to pop it up from the busy background.

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I layered this circle in between the two vellum die-cuts, aligning them perfectly and then adhered the paper circle to the vellum base using double sided tape. The top vellum layer I again adhered using double sided tape but used only a small piece that would fit under the cake and not be visible as well. Then I double taped the cake on top. The idea of sandwiching the paper between the vellum was to make it a bit subtle as there was already so much going on in terms of patterns and color. I roughly arranged the vellum circle and the card base just to see how I wanted it to all come together. Now to the brads, they were a perfect match in terms of color and looked perfectly like the pompoms on the party caps and the presents on the base paper.

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I took a few out and since there was so much color already I decided to make them gold in line with the theme. I grabbed my jewellery making pliers and held each for a few seconds to a heat gun on high to heat it up and then dipped it in gold embossing powder. Well from what I had seen in tutorials the metal brads get heated enough that when dipped in the powder the powder should melt on top of them but that didn’t quite happen, I got a layer of un-melted powder on them, maybe I didn’t heat it enough but that was quickly sorted out as soon as i heated that up and voila I had gold brads now :) I had some gold colored ‘dori’ lying around handy which I wrapped around twice on the patterned card base layer. Taking 1/8th inch hole punch I punched two holes on the sides of the cake mat and set brads in place and then layered it perfectly on to the gold dori to match the alignment. I adhered the mat down using double sided foam tape and then the entire panel down using the same foam tape as well.

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Now to glam it up further, I grabbed my Ranger emboss it clear pen and colored in parts of the cake that I wanted to emboss, I should have done this before but I didnt want it to be perfect so I went ahead with out. Sprinkled embossing powder on top and heat set that. Next I had some gold foil chipboard stickers that were catching dust and stuck triangle ones to the corners to complete the look!

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The completed card :)

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Let me know what you all think!
Till next saturday,
Amna xx

SUPPLIES USED

Kit:
We R Memory Keepers Cakes & Candles Cardstock
Unity Stamp Set Party
Woodware Flower Brads
Prima Forever Green Flowers Spore

Other:
Black Archival Ink
Mod Podge Matt
Textured Cardstock
Spellbinders Stately Circles Die
Scissors
Gold Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
1/8th Inch Hole Punch
Ranger Emboss It Pens
– Double Sided Tape
– Double Sided Foam Tape
– Vellum

Graphic designer, Paper Crafter, avid Photographer and a Foodie.
Loves all things handmade and things with clean, bold, graphic & minimalist styles. Lives in a beautiful valley north of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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