This one was to my good friend, Karie (who I sent the super hero card previously). It was her one year anniversary with Young Living and using essential oils. Believing in something and using products to better your life for an entire year is a big thing. If you are unfamiliar with essential oils and want to know what they are and which ones are the absolute best, you can learn about them here.
For the front of her card, I used two sizes of candle bases that came with a Happy Birthday stamp set. I used an ombre effect for the candle sticks but used different patterns for each candle. I used silver paper and silver sequins for the flames. I love this blue and silver combination for these candles so trust me, that combination will be used again. I used the same silver paper for an accent underneath the sentiment and some complimentary blue dotted paper to add to the bottom of the card.
For the inside, since it was Karie's one year anniversary, I put just one other candle and surrounded it with a glittery blue oval. Simple.
This next card went out to Shirley, my father's significant other. Hi, Shirley! *waves* Shirley's birthday is in August, so I sent her a birthday card. I had some flower stamps that I was wanting to use and so I stamped those on the front panel along with some leaves. I used color stamps because the stamps themselves were mostly solid. Then I added some details with markers and glitter pens. There are also sequins on the front in complimentary colors. The 'happy birthday' isn't a stamp, but a die that I cut several times and glued together and then adhered the entire thing to the card so the words are raised.
For the inside of the card, I used the same candle set as I did for Karie's card above. I used my favorite of the candle patterns and made an ombre effect with the same colors as the flowers. I stamped more flowers along with some hearts for added interest. This time, the flame was in gold as to match the gold letters in the 'happy birthday' on the front. I also die cut a squiggle pattern and put it behind the candle flame to represent the light aura. I added more sequins and a bit of deep red twine to finish the card. I really liked the combination of gold and the deep reds for this card as well as the blue and silver above.
I've also started stamping the back of the cards and signing my name so that people who are not aware, know that I've actually made the card myself. I found a small feather stamp and now stamp it with blue ink right next to my name as sort of a personal icon or sigil.
This next card went out to my nephew, Oliver, who's birthday is in September. My kids told me that he loves dinosaurs so I made sure to put a couple on the front. I added some balloons that I actually cut and pasted from several sets so that I could make a balloon bouquet. The 'happy birthday' sentiment is stamped on and some festive sequins were glued to the front.
For the inside of the card, I wanted to make something a little interactive. I used the same candle set as before and switched back to the blue ombre and silver theme. The flames are actually cut out of the inside panel so what you're seeing in the photo below is the white of a tab that is inserted between that inside card panel (right behind the flame cut-outs) and another card panel that I put on the very back. The original sentiment said, "Blow out the Candles", but I masked off some words of other sentiments and made my own that says, "Light the Candles" as you'll see why below.
This way when Oliver pulled the tab, the candles would 'light' up in silver. The silver flames are stamped on the very back panel so that when you pull the white tab, it uncovers the flames. I made a channel on the inside of the very back bit of card so that the tab pulls nicely without wobbling about. Ta Daa!
The last card for this post went out to my mother-in-law, Jackie, for her birthday. I had no idea she was going out of town, so this card was a bit of a rush to get in the mail so that it would arrive in time where she was visiting.
For the front of the card, I used several different papers. At the top is a white, wide strip that I had stamped with some flowers (the outlines of the flowers only). I used Copic markers to color the flowers in and then I adhered that strip to a blank card panel. Under the flower strip is a rectangle of tannish colored paper that extends from the flowers on down. On top of the tan paper, I used green strips to border the 'happy birthday' sentiment which is stamped on yet another paper that compliments all the colors thus far. I embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder to produce a slightly raised shine along the words and I added some sequins because they were pretty. And shiny. And I like them so there.
The inside of the card is a combination of stamped images and die cut images. I put some tan strips on the top and bottom of the card for continuity from the front. The large flower on the bottom left and the small one at the top left are die cuts and that's why they are seen placed over the tan strips of paper. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers and added some glittery shine over the top.
As you can see from these cards, my collection of stamps and Copic markers is slowly growing. Also I have a healthy supply of various colored card stock now.