Sunday, December 11, 2022

Let's Make Birthday Cards!

I know we are in the midst of the frantic Christmas season, but how about a break for some birthdays cards which can be used all year round? These are cards I made using some of the previous released stencils from A Colorful Life Designs.

These first few cards are made with the Lotus Repeat Stencil.  The image is from a retired Penny Black Stamp Set. The gold foiled sentiment is 
I used Altenew's Embossing Paste through the stencil on Vicki Boutin's American Crafts All the Good Things Mixed Media Foundation Paper. Then sprinkled with colored embossing powder by Zing - Apricot (from my stash) while still wet and heat set. It dries puffy and textured. Fun dimension.
This card looks a little weird with the yellow ink blending, but wait until you read the inside message below!
This next shaped gift card uses Jiggle Squares Stencil and the cute image from Pink and Main called Party Animal. I love to have the coordinating die, too. The white background panel behind the cutie turtle has Altenew's Embossing Paste through the stencil. Once dried, I ink blended Ranger Ink Distress Ink Peacock Feather in the center to highlight the image. 
The card base is made from a flag dies in my stash...keep the top of the die off the edge of the cutting plate - that way it won't cut. Then I used the same blue through the Tilted Grid Stencil on the background. 
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp set called Gift of Christmas.
Banded Split Stencil was used for this next card. It has 2 pieces - the center band is separate. It really makes for lots of creative options.
I used Ranger Ink's Distress Ink Aged Mahogany for the top and bottom with a light blend of Distress Ink Black Soot for the center band. I cut the 6" X 6" shape with Pretty Pink Posh Wonky Stitched Rectangles. The sentiment comes from My Favorite Things (retired) Uncorked and the die cuts from MFT's Wine Service Dies (also retired).
This next card uses the Pie Pieces Stencil (image from A Colorful Life Designs' Web Site:
I used heavy white card stock and Altenew's Embossing Paste for a Clean and Simple card.  A little ink blending with The Stamp Market Tropic Teal Mini Cube to center the image.
Remember messy nest technique? Brought it back for this card! The cake is from Unity Stamps' Party Party Party set and the sentiment is from Unity Stamps' Party All Day set. Watercolored the image and fussy cut.
Here is the fun Jiggle Squares Stencil again with Altenew's Embossing Paste and then sprayed with a light coat of Distress Ink Spray Stain Peacock Feathers. The images are from Pink and Main's retired set called Pirate Critters. Love these little guys!
These 2 cards used the Diagonal Stripes Stencil with a subtle grey ink blending.
The stamp is a retired set from The Rabbit Hole Designs called Steeped in Happiness. They were watercolored with a combination of The Stamp Market's 24 Pan Color Crush Watercolor Palette and Altenew's 36 Half Pan Watercolor Set. I almost always use Ranger Ink Tim Holtz's Distress Watercolor Paper for its nice white color. First the images were stamped with Altenew's Obsidian Black Pigment Ink and sprinkled with Altenew's Crisp Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.
These next 2 popcorn cards use the Pinwheel Scroll Stencil and ink blended with Altenew's Inks. The cute image and sentiments are from My Favorite Things Pure Innocence What's Poppin? I used Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink called Parrot.
I make cards for my daughter's shop. One of the things she sells is popcorn so I'm always on the lookout for popcorn themed stamps. The ink blended colors for this bright colorful card are from Altenew's Crisp Dye Inks: Fresh Lemon, Citrus Burst, Pinkalicious and Orange Cream.
Lastly, this card uses 2 stencils: Lots of Leaves using The Stamp Market Leafy Mini Ink Cube and then The Tilted Grid Stencil with Ranger Ink's Texture Paste Opaque Crackle over the top:
The flower is from Sizzix's Wildflower Stems #3 by Tim Holtz.
Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you found a little inspiration to make your own Birthday cards! Anita Fan10 will get you 10% off your entire order at A Colorful Life Designs, too (excluding bundles).
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Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. Oh, my gosh, Anita, I am awash in loads of wonderful inspiration from this post! What a glorious parade of birthday designs one after the other! Thank you and thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

    1. You write the nicest comments, Darnell! Thank you so much for your kind words.

  2. Wow! There's a whole lotta pretties here! Thanks for joining us at NBUS



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