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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Life is Good Birthday

Pictures seldom look as good as the cards do in real life, but this picture REALLY doesn't do this card justice.  There's a lot of metallic silver on the card that just isn't picked up well.  Here's how I made it:
  • Background: The background started with a lovely piece of pink, grey and black card stock from a DCWV mat stack and some black Jewel Border Dazzles (with metallic silver edges - very pretty in person!).  I first matted the card stock piece with black and attached it to my card front. In the center of the card, I wanted a "ribbon" look, so I cut a strip of white paper, glued it to the center of the card stock and then added a Jewel Border Dazzle down the center of it.  I then used border dazzles between each "color change" on the background and around the edge.  This really dressed up the background!
  • Focal: This started with another one of my pre-made focals.  Those are such time savers!  This one was cut using the oval die from JustRite's Vintage Labels Four, and a stamps from Enjoy the Day Vintage Labels Four (JustRite) and Greetings and Labels set (HOTP).  This was matted using foam tape onto a metallic silver piece cut with a die from Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles. I wanted a black mat behind that, so cut one using a die from Decorative Labels Eight (Spellbinders).  I liked the way it looked in the corners, but it wasn't wide enough to properly mat the silver piece.  Soooo, I cut it in 4 pieces.  I started by cutting out the center part, carefully following the decorative curves and then cutting across to the other side.  This gave me 3 pieces.  I then cut the center section in half so I could move the edges closer in the middle section by overlapping them in the back.  I was really happy with the way this turned out!

For the inside, I simply cut two die cuts from cardstock - one black and one white - using dies from Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles.

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