A Sparkly Birthday Cake Birthday Card!

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You will LOVE the fun sparkly background on this colorful birthday cake birthday card!

This birthday cake birthday card is about creating a tone-on-tone layer by using sparkly white heat embossing over white card stock. This creates a TON of visual impact but complements rather than competes with Carol’s GORGEOUS colorful details. Let’s check out all the details of the making!

Let’s create that beautiful background and the card base first:

  • First treat a piece of white 80# card stock with an anti-static tool so the embossing powder will not stick to unwanted areas.
  • Position the background stamp from the Happy Birthday #1 set on the left of the A2 sized card stock and pick it up with a stamp positioning tool door. (I use the MISTI.) This stamp is about 2-¼” wide so you will need to stamp it two times but don’t worry – we designed it to line up super easily! Ink it up with Versamark clear embossing ink, stamp the image and then sprinkle the stamped image with white sparkle embossing powder. Use a heat tool to set the embossing powder.
  • Move the stamp to cover the remainder of the panel without overlapping where the first stamping was made. Repeat the steps for stamping and heat embossing. Like this:
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  • Adhere the panel to an A2 card base with glue or tape runner.

Now let’s make the yummy cake!

  • Die cut the Birthday Cake Die Cut from 80# white card stock.
  • Carol’s first tip for using a one piece die with small pieces like this one is to place some removable tape on the back of the negative piece of your die cuts. And then place the die cuts back in the openings so that the tape is holding them in place. See the next photo.
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SO smart! We LOVE this idea and just might “borrow” it ourselves!

This very smart tape tip will also make it so easy to hold the little details in place while you color them. Carol used Copic markers to color the cake pieces and she says “As you can see from the next photo, it looks like a hot mess! Haha!”

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But never fear, when the cake is assembled with glue, it’s so pretty!

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Finishing the card:

  • Stamp a sentiment from the Happy Birthday #1 set with Versafine Onyx black ink.
  • Use the third smallest Nested Oval Scallop die to cut out the sentiment.
  • For the flowers at the base of the cake, stamp the smallest two flowers and the bud stem from the Always On My Mind set with Copic safe black ink.
  • After coloring the images with Copic markers,cut them out with the coordinating dies..
  • Add foam tape to the back of the cake and the sentiment. Adhere these onto the card.
  • Use liquid glue to adhere the two largest flowers and the bud stems to the base of the cake.
  • Add a bit of foam tape to the back of the small flower to adhere it to the card.
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Those colors just POP against the white background and the sparkly details from the heat embossing add a sense of movement which makes this card feel extra celebratory!

Here are the items from the store that Carol used today:

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Is there a better way to honor someone’s birthday than with a birthday cake birthday card? Well, we suppose some all-out bash somewhere, sure, but for something that you can make yourself and then send to surprise them, well, this card “takes the cake”!

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