Tuesday 12 July 2016

Happy 6th Birthday | Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #308

My oldest son has just turned 6 and when I was trying to create his Birthday card, I found I was suffering a creative mind block (or should I say creative overflow, as I had so many ideas running around in my head that I couldn't make them come together into a card).

I decided to checked out the current creative challenges for some inspiration. This weeks Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge #308 was perfect, as it gave me a starting place to channel some of my ideas into.

Here is my card:

I originally started out using a different DSP and colour scheme, but after cutting all my pieces I found the colours I'd chosen didn't pop like I wanted the card to do. The scheme just seemed a bit dull and boring, so I went back to the drawing board and found a new colour scheme, which I was much happier with.

So in the end I went with Whisper White, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and the retired Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper.

So to start off, I used my Squares Collection framelits to cut a square of the striped sheet from the DSP pack so the lines were diagonal. I used Snail adhesive to mount it to a piece of Pacific Point cardstock and then trimmed it down, leaving more space at the bottom for my sentiment.

Using my Ovals Collection framelits, the Large Numbers framelits and my magnetic platform, I lined up the number framelit inside the oval framelit and cut it out in one go from a piece of Pacific Point cardstock. Using a scrap of Whisper White cardstock I cut another oval using the next size down framelit in the set. I then lined up the smaller oval in the centre of the Pacific Point oval to act as a backing for the number 6. I then secured these together using a bit of sticky tape on the underside. Using a little Tombow glue I attached the loose bit of the 6 and put a drop under the top middle part of the 6 so it wouldn't lift up.

The "Happy Birthday" sentiment and the "TH" all come from the Number of Years Stamp Set. These were stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Pacific Point ink. I also framed the "TH" using the little banner outline from the same stamp set. The "TH was cut out using the small banner from the Large Numbers framelit set and the Happy Birthday sentiment was cut out using the long banner from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims thinlits set. My magnetic platform helped me line up and centre the framelits over the stamped sentiments. I then adhered the sentiment banners using Snail.

The large piece of Pacific Point cardstock was then adhered to my Whisper White card base using more snail adhesive.

This was going to be the finished card, but it looked like it needed a little something extra. I created a card last week for my brother (check it out here), which had a balloon in the top corner of the card. I decided to do the same for this card, but I used Daffodil Delight cardstock and plain white twine instead. I mounted the balloon with dimensionals to the top corner of the card and fixed the string to the front of the card using a few small drops of Tombow glue underneath the string line and placed one of my clear stamping blocks on top till the glue dried.

All done. My son loved his card and I hope you do to :)

Here is a list of the supplies and tools used to create this card:

Whisper White A4 Cardstock (106549)
Pacific Point A4 Cardstock (116202)
Daffodil Delight A4 Cardstock (121680)
Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper (126922)
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad (126951)
Number of Years Stamp Set (Photopolymer 140653)
Squares Collection Framelits (130921)
Ovals Collection Framelits (129381)
Large Numbers Framelits (140622)
Balloon Framelits (137362)
Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies (135854)
Magnetic Platform (130658)
Snail Permanent Adhesive (104332)
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
White Baker's Twine (124262)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my creation.

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  1. Such a sweet birthday card for a 6 year old. Wishing your son a very happy birthday! Thanks for playing along with us this week at PPA.

    1. Thanks so much Beth. He had a wonderful Birthday and spent part of it building all the LEGO sets he received :)

  2. Love the simplicity of this Kirsten...and believe me I know how hard simple is to pull off! Everything flows so well together to create a bright and fun card any 6 year old would love to receive ... boy or girl!

  3. This is so cute with that big "6" and bright, striped DSP! Love the balloon in the corner too. I bet your son will love it! Thanks for sharing at the PPA this week!


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