May your days be happy, your future bright! I will be 40 this year! Wow!! What an incredible journey it has been! Immigrating to the States in 1999 has offered me some great opportunities, but unfortunately it separated me from my siblings. They are all over the world; one in South Africa, one in Australia, one in the UK and my brother here in Florida. Both my parents are back in South Africa. My birthdays are not as I wish they could be. When I was little, my mom would bake the cake, my siblings helped decorate and would sing to me when it was time to cut the cake. These are the memories I wish I had throughout all my life.
BUT, this year, I will have 3 of the 4 attending my party in April. I cannot wait!! Hence my early happy birthday card!
Few of my favorite elements in the card: shaker, embossed and gel pen coloring. This a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card.
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Cut two sets of frames. This pink will go on the inside with sentiment and the white border will serve as a backing for the green border below.
Here is the green outer border and the white will serve as a “sandwich” to keep the ribbon in place. The green border should be 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. Make sure to die cut in the middle of the green paper.
I bought this from Amazon. It doesn’t warp terribly as long as you keep the heat moving around. Cut a 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece, slightly smaller than the green frame.
Position the cake on the acetate for stamping.
Make sure to use an antistatic bag to avoid getting white powder EVERYWHERE.
Adhere the acetate to the back of the green frame. I used some thin double sided paper tape purchased from Michael’s.
To color the cake, I used a variety of Sakura Gelly, Glaze and Metallic pens. You can find them anywhere. A.C Moore usually stocks them, remember to take a coupon along. I chose these pens because they create the illusion of stained glass.
This Altenew stamp was a freebie with a purchase. I wanted to repeat stamp a “Happy Birthday” as a background but liked this more since I could make it shine.
To add some interest, I took a white 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of paper (this is the very base of the card) and sandwiched the ribbon between the white frame and paper. Strong double sided tape ensures stability. Make sure to align the frame to the paper or just cut off the extra paper on the sides.
Place the white framed paper to the base above. This hides the ribbon. Adhere some foam tape all around the edges of the base.
My “shakers” will be flowers instead of sequins or glitter. Found these at Hobby Lobby. Make sure that they aren’t too thick for the inside space.
Glue some flowers to the top, middle or sides. When you shake it, you will still have some flowers in these positions.
This is the inside sentiment; came with the cake stamp.
Adhere the green frame to the base, tie and ribbon, and you are DONE!
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