Tuesday, May 10, 2011

HAPPY birthday 2 you

This card combines CAS-ual Fridays' Challenge #1 to use text and Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #14: Selective Inking. I rarely make pink cards but this one called for it since the recipient loves pink and it's good for me to get out of my comfort zone occasionally. I knew I was going to use Background Basics: Text Style II because it's my favourite text set. I'm currently all over the new Alpha-blocks set and coordinating die so I had to use that, too. I also wanted to make more use out of a couple of older dies including the Edger #1 and By the Numbers.

First I trimmed my pink card base and die cut the bottom edge as well as the windows. Then I cut a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of white cardstock, stamped the text on the bottom and adhered it behind the front of the card. I stamped the sentiment across the top, using only part of 'birthday' and finished it off with a doodle-style butterfly. I stamped the Alpha-block letters inside the windows and text on the die cut '2'.

When I positioned the die cut two where I wanted it to be on the card, it obstructed too much of the 'd' and 'y' which didn't look good. Then it dawned on me that I could use the Outlines Alphabet set to create the illusion of the letters being finished! I'm totally loving this visual effect and will be definitely be using this technique again. To finish the card, I adhered the '2' with foam tape.

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury Innocent Pink & 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; SU Whisper White cardstock; Papertrey Ink Alpha-blocks, Background Basics: Text Style II, Big Birthday Wishes, Butterfly Dreams & Outlines Alphabet; Memories Black ink; Papertrey Ink Alpha-blocks die, Edgers #1, By the Numbers; QuicKutz Epic Six; Stampin' Dimensionals

65 comments:

Karen B. said...

Super cool card, especially like how you've stamped the letters over the number too, gives authenticity to your design. Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

BabyBokChoy said...

I adore how you stamped the letters over the numbers, absolutely brilliant!!

Brenda said...

I love the pink and black and how you let the letter run over the number! Such a beautiful design!

Emily Keaton said...

What a totally cool card, Emily!! I really like how you used text here. So striking!!

kasia c. said...

OMG! Emily this is incredible! I love how you used the blocks and put that 2 over to the side. AWESOME!!!!
You totally rocked that text challenge! I see a TGIF in your future. :)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

AH-MAZING!! So very cool and clever and uber graphic - all my favorite looks. My eyes are screaming with joy at the sight of this - seriously, so, so cool!! Thanks very much for playing with CAS-ual Fridays - hope you'll join us again!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Your not helping my diet on PTI product purchasing.. fabulous card, and you could do a whole series in different colors...

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE this very clever and PRETTY card, Emily!

Virginia L. said...

This IS OUTSTANDING!!Love your design, Emily!!Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

mustavcoffee said...

Emily! what a brilliant card, you're so clever, I absobloominlutely LOVE this. The LO and the way you've layered the lettering, the colour, all fab. Brilliant :0) xxx

Ujjwal said...

This is so brilliant! I love the way the letters overlap the number!So cool!

Heather said...

Oooo Emily, it's gorgeous. Love the way the letters overlap onto the number 2, definitely inspired!

Jay Gee said...

I so love visiting your blog Emily, you are so innovative and creative. Love this card.

Isha said...

Stunning n very creative card Emily.

Alice Wertz said...

very cool design and colors. love the text box windows. lovely card, Emily! hope all is well and thanks for stopping by, my friend! =)

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oh, wauw, Emily! This card is just the best! I looove everything about it, acutally! I'm always a huge fan of graphic cards and this one is perfect. Beautiful text, pretty color, lovely combining of all the elements!!!! Perfect!!! You inspire me, my dear!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Helle said...

At first glance is looks like a "plain" card (in a good way!!), but when i look closer and read your text, its full of details! its GREAT!!

Lynn said...

Emily,
Incredible design. You are so talented...the details of your cards always amaze me and this is no exception!

Saskia said...

So fun and so unique!! Great card! :)

Angela said...

Leave it to you to figure out the outlines/alpha block combo -- it's brilliant! Or, as MC said it, absobloominlutely amazing :)

Jen W. said...

I love your creative solution with the letter outlines! Such an awesome card :)

Lindsey said...

If you're going to use pink, this shade is fabulous! It looks great with the b&w. And the numbers/letters? Wow. This card just jumps off the screen, it's so awesome. I also like the way the butterfly trails off the edge. Altogether amazing card!

Gina said...

Love the pink and black. What a fun card!

Karin said...

Great graphic design and your attention to detail is so amazing! Love the text at the bottom balancing out the 2 and the classic color choice. THIS should be in a magazine. Hey, I think I think that about all your cards :)

Deanna Jean said...

Wow..this a simpy beautiful. Great layout and colors.

dahlhousedesigns said...

Crazy creative! This is one amazing card!!! I love it to pieces.

lisa a.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Emily, you've charmed me with your attention to detail here! Love how you lined up the letters over the number "2". So cool!

Scrapcollectr said...

This will be a post that I'll come back to and really study because there are so many good ideas here! You rocked the challenges, Em!
*smile*

Nicki S said...

This is pure GENIUS!! You are so very creative! I LOVE what you did with this, everything is just perfect. Superb layout. TFS!!

Monica K. said...

Wow, this is so cool and clever! I really love it!! You have such a beautiful blog too!

Erin said...

ooo LOVE it Emily! The "day and you" look great!!!

Leigh said...

What a fabulous card! I wasn't really interested in those PTI alpha stamps and dies, but now seeing how you've used them has made me change my mind! Thanks for the enabling! LOL!

Jocelyn said...

This card is so cool! I love how the 2 is also like "today" (don't know if you meant it to be that way). Lots of great technique here, and I love how you stamped over the "2" with the outline...it looks great!! I LOVE it (I'd CASE it, but I don't have all these PTI stamps and dies--ha ha). *hugs*

onecraftymama said...

I love the way you used the outlines stamps - what a neat graphic card :)

Janna Werner said...

Hey hey! This card is FAB! Its quite different to what you create on other days (feels like I am repeating myself lol .. ), like it A LOT!! Janna

Laura Davis said...

Love, love , love this card!!
Thanks for playing CAS!
Laura

lynn said...

such great design work on this awesome card! love how the d, y and 2 overlap, emily:)

Heather said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog, it never occurred to me that he looked like Flash the rabbit but he sooo does!!

Pauline said...

This is wonderfully graphic, and very striking! Love the pink and black combo, the little window are genius!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is absolutely fabulous! Love this, Em!

Julie Day said...

Oh Emily...I always love your designs! Love the trio of colors here and the text peeking behind your border edge, perfect! I really love those block letters too :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Lisa said...

This is just super, love the colors!

Michele Gross said...

Oh! WOw, WOW, WOW!! This is really fabulous-love the texty 2 and the wonderful way you've laid out that sentiment! So happy you came to play with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

Tejal said...

Love the visual effect of the outlines...I'm so tempted to buy this set (Number's die) since I'll be getting my bug in june. I'm going pretty crazy figuring out what dies to get!! please don't tempt me more!!!!
(p.s My stamps finally arrived, after spending 25 days in transit)

Kary said...

Hi Emily, this is a wonderful card!!! I really like what you did combining all the words & letters. It's really awesome!! Have a great day!!

Amy said...

I just had to stop by and say what an awesome card this is!!! I mean you ROCKED this challenge and I love E V E R Y T H I N G about it! Just a fabulous design!

Inkyfingers said...

Hi Emily, I love what you did here and the outside the box thinking when you hit a problem with the letters. I'm going to remember that one!
Hugs
Carol x

Laurie said...

Emily this is amazing! I love the layout! Your design is just perfect! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

Dana said...

Oh Emily, I KNEW you would come up with a perfect texty CAS card. You never disappoint. *smile* SO glad you joined us for CAS-ual Fridays and hope you'll play again!

Amber said...

Lovely Emily! Congratulations on being the first ever CAS winner! Definitely well deserved!

Kate said...

WOW Emily, Well done you its a beautiful card and fabulous use of text.
Kate x

Virginia L. said...

Woohoo!! Congrats on being the 1st TGIF winner, Emily!! As I said, this is OUTSTANDING!!! You rock this challenge! YAY!

kasia c. said...

Woooohooo!
Congrats Emily!!! This IS an AMAZING card. You rock!!
{hugs}

Anne said...

Love this card, Emily! Congrats on your CAS-ual Friday win:)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Congrats!!

Sunghee said...

oh wow~!!! look at all the dimensions! wow!!! love the color as well! Awesome card!

Dana said...

CONGRATS on the top honors at CAS-ual Fridays Emily! You have impressed us all with your clear creative talent. An amazing card for sure.

Jay Gee said...

Congratulations on your win Emily, so well deserved :)

Deanna Jean said...

Congrats on your win! I was simply in awe of this card the moment I saw it. Well deserved!

Tui Nathan said...

Oh my .... what a "showpiece" ... love love love your card!!!
Congratulations on your win - a well deserved win !!!

Jocelyn said...

YEAH!!! Congrats on the win!! You definitely deserved it!

Lea L. said...

I love this card!! It is fabulous! Great job with PTI's Make It Monday challenge!!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Congratulations of your CAS-ual Fridays win. I just perused your blog, and your work in AWESOME!!!!!

Julie Hoffman said...

You totally rocked this card Emily! Love everything about it! Love the pink & Black and the scalloped edge over the text and the coordinating text on the #2. Love how you stamped your D & Y on the 2. This card is Fabulous! Congratulations on your CAS-ual Friday win!!!

Tiffany said...

Very creative how you did the entire wording/sentiment on this, WOW!