Stacked Birthday Card

By | October 15, 2015

My nephew’s birthday is coming up next week, and I wanted to make a special card for him.  He’s turning 22 and finishing up his last year at San Diego State University.  In fact, my daughter and I just saw him last week when we were in San Diego touring colleges.  He made a special effort to free up an afternoon so he could meet us for lunch and hang out for a while.  We always have a great time visiting with him.  We went to a really fun restaurant called Stacked, where you use iPads to order your food.  You can literally stack your burgers, shakes, sundaes, or whatever by dragging items in and trashing others.  It’s super fun!!!

Because we had just been to Stacked, I thought a stacked birthday card would be perfect for him, topped by two candles to represent 22.

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To start out, I used the Watercolor Wash background stamp.  I LOVE this stamp!!!!  I just got it and this was the first time I used it.  It’s so easy and creates gorgeous watercolored backgrounds.  Here’s what I did:

First, I turned over the stamp and rubbed the whole stamp with Soft Sky ink.


Then, I used a Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker to add a few highlights of darker color especially around the edges.


Lastly, I used my Aqua Painter to brush clear water over the stamp and then I stamped it on Very Vanilla card stock.


Here’s the finished result.  I love the soft, painted look of this background.


Next, I stamped the images from Sprinkles of Life using Chocolate Chip, Lost Lagoon, and Mint Macaroon ink on Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, and Mint Macaroon card stock.  I cut the cone out by hand, but I used the Tree Builder Punch for all the ice cream scoops.  I wanted to include A LOT of scoops to emphasize the stacked theme.

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To soften up the ice cream scoops, I used an Aqua Painter to add subtle coloring.

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I stamped and embossed the greeting and sprinkles in gold, and then I created a banner for the greeting and wrapped it around one of the candles.

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I decided to pop up all the ice cream scoops with dimensionals to really make them stand out.

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Supplies used on my card:

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I think Marc will love his card, and enjoy the reference to our fun visit together.


Tami Hewlett

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