Thursday, 29 August 2013

Resisting sparkles for my brother...

HAPPY birthday dan

Happy Friday-Eve! Happy Birthday to my brother! Happy new CASE-Study! :D

It's a bit of a bittersweet CASE Study this week as not only is it our last week with the amazing Jennifer McGuire on board as our muse (that's right folks, you've got this week left to legitimately CASE her! Ha!), but we're also saying farewell to two of our amazing DT members. :(

But first the card; let's start with the happy part of this post first! So today's card is inspired by this beauty of Jennifer's:
Check out the original post of this card here!

You know the deal by now: you see the card, you get inspired (by anything - and I mean anything!) from it and get busy. Simple.

I was inspired by Jennifer's cool colours and the chevron-like border stamp. This card is heading to my brother today as he celebrates his birthday (that's why there are no red hearts on mine, just grey stars to keep it masculine. It really pained me not to add sparkles and sequins to this card, but sometimes you've got to think about who you're creating for, right?!)

tips and tricks
  • I performed a bit of 'stamp surgery' for this card. That's right, I administered the scissors to a stamp - gasp! I chopped a 'happy birthday' stamp into two and used just the 'birthday' part. Don't worry, the two parts line up perfectly again on my block for when I need the full sentiment. It saves on fussy, selective inking!
  • I prefer to stamp and emboss my sentiment before die-cutting my shape. It allows me to control where the sentiment will be on the die cut shape with greater ease. Plus it's easier to stamp and emboss on a larger piece of card than a smaller one. I simply use a post-it note to secure the die in place before running it through my Cuttlebug.
  • See those chevron stripes? Its tempting to just stamp one long border down the side, but I purposely stamped the design once at the top, then flipped the stamp and stamped it at the bottom. This way the design helps to guide your eyes to the sentiment.
Be sure to get your mojo boost by checking out what the rest of the CASE Study DT inked up for your viewing pleasure! :)

Now I said this was a bittersweet CASE Study and it truly is as our teamies, Moe and Teneale are stepping down *sob*. I hope you ladies know that I'll still be stalking your blogs in the future! 

Now c'mon, I don't think you need any more reasons to play along with us this week. Let's make Jennifer, Moe, and Teneale's final week with us a blast! :D

Thanks so much for popping by today. I've gotta dash and deliver this card and this gal is hoping that there's birthday cake on offer!


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Maureen said...

such a fabulous card, Duchess. He's sure to love it! Does he know his sister is royalty? It's been so amazing being on the team and you know I say farewell with a heavy heart. Good thing is we are never far away from each other :) ox

wienerhoneymooners said...

Super bright and SO MUCH FUN!

sandie said...

gorgeous Aimes-loved the embossed sentiment. I have been cutting up sentiments recently and you get so much more from there plus it is fun to play around! I love the neon ink-I must invest in some x

Lynn said...

Aimes, absolutely perfect card for your brother. I love when you give us your design tips...perfection!

claude techer said...

j'aime beaucoup cette simplicité et les couleurs choisies !

Mary-Anne V said...

Stamp surgery! I'm still trying to avoid that but your card is slowly changing my the truly masculine feel.

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