Happy Birthday (Artistically Inked)

by Kylie

Hi everyone, the new Expressions in Ink suite is amazing! It’s quite different from anything I’ve been aware of Stampin’ Up!® doing in the past. The Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper, in particular, is really quite stunning – it has gorgeous gold foiling on one side of the papers. Divine!

I couldn’t wait to start creating with the suite and I wanted to make the gorgeous patterned paper the focus of my cards. This led me to design a really simple card and it is one you could easily replicate. In fact, I couldn’t stop with one – so I am sharing two cards today.

All you need to do is select the paper you want to use and pick a coordinating sheet of cardstock for the card base. For the first card I’ve used Polished Pink, and for the second I’ve chosen Just Jade. I trimmed the patterned paper to 12.4cm x 8cm and matted it on a mat of Basic White (12.8cm x 8.4cm). You could pop this panel up with Stampin’ Dimensionals if you wanted. I decided to add it directly to the card base.

The next step was to die cut the beautiful leaves from the Artistic die set. As it is quite a delicate die, I used Adhesive Sheets and applied it to the Basic White cardstock before I ran it through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine. It makes it easier to adhere the die-cut to your card.

For the sentiment, I stamped Happy Birthday (from the Artistically Inked stamp set) in Versamark and then embossed in Gold. So pretty! I die cut this sentiment using one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangles die set. As the dies weren’t the perfect size I positioned the die over the sentiment and then made sure the part I didn’t want cut was kind of hanging off the edge of the cutting platform. This meant that when I ran it through the die-cutting machine only half of the sentiment was cut out. I then moved the die so it would cut the other end of the sentiment strip. Once again, I placed the die in the machine so the part I didn’t want cut was hanging off the edge of the cutting platform. This technique enables you to extend the use of your dies.

The final touch was to add a bow of gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim pack. I adhered the bow with a Glue Dot.

Here’s the first card…

Here’s the second card…

Aren’t they both so lovely? The colours are so rich and lovely. Which colourway do you like best?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping, Kylie

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