Fast and Fun Birthday Card with Birthday Blooms!

Sometimes I need a card, but my brain is just struggling when I try to figure what exactly to make for that card.  Anyone else know that feeling?  Like, you have your supplies in front of you and you just stare at them, willing them to start arranging themselves into some awesome design… but sadly, they just lay there looking back at you. Smile  Well, the other day I was having that same problem when I suddenly remembered the amazing Emboss Resist technique and had a flash of inspiration!  Check out this cute card that is so easy to do with this technique:

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • Emboss Resist is an easy WOW for your cards!  Here is how it works:
      1.  Find your favorite line art image… this works great with lace, doily, and outline flower images like this one from Birthday Blooms… the important thing is that there are skinny lines with lots of non-inked space in between.
      2.  Rub the surface of your cardstock with an Embossing Buddy (this prevents static or other dust from causing stray embossing powder to get stuck later)
      3.  Ink your stamp with Versamark ink and stamp your image
      4.  Cover with clear or white embossing powder and heat set
      5.  Use a wedge cut from one of the yellow Stampin’ Sponges and sponge ink over your embossed image
      6.  Use a kleenex or paper towel to rub over the top of your embossed image to remove any excess ink
  • For best results, use one of the yellow sponges – I find that the yellow sponges are more poreous and so tend to do a better job lightly applying ink and keeping it fairly smooth instead of having a stark circle of ink from a sponge dauber or makeup sponge.  Grab one and cut it up into 6-8 wedges and you can play with lots of colors.
  • Experiment with lots of colors!  I was making a bunch, and so I grabbed a bunch of left over cardbases (when I cut a paper in half for a card base, I keep the extra half in a plastic bag to use later) and then made the same stamped/embossed image and just changed up the ink color to match cardstock!

    Birthday Blooms emboss resist cards
  • Keep the rest of the card simple to let your embossed image really POP!  I used just a few rhinestones and stamped my sentiment in Tip Top Taupe ink so that I could have the focus be on my embossed image.

So give it a try and let me know what you think!

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