Birthday Wishes

Hi All,

I’m popping in today to finally share my card that I teased on Instagram the other day! I only shared a black and white photo of this card which was still very pretty, but   near as pretty as it is in color.

My office has a lot of Birthday’s in October which must also mean that Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday as well, LOL! At any rate, October Birthday’s rock. I can say this from experience as my Birthday is next week as well.

Our Senior Vice President’s Birthday was last week. She likes to joke that she’s put her Birthday on everyone’s calendar for the week-long celebration. I decided to make a card for her using the Altenew Layered Floral Cover Dies.

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Layered dies have probably been around a while, but they’ve grown in popularity this year with many options available to crafters. Altenew has several different layered dies.

There are several different techniques that you can do with these dies, but for my card today, I went with the straight forward layering technique which produces a gorgeous detailed flower.

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The Altenew Layered Floral cover die comes as two separate dies. You can purchase each die separately and use to get great results, but they work best layered together to get a great dimensional flower. You can also purchase both dies as a set as well – which right now Altenew has a great sale going on several of their layering dies including this flower.

I’ve seen this flower layered many different ways with different colors, but I opted to put the darkest  color cardstock which was a navy on the top layer and use a salmon pink for the second layer or flower details. I think it makes for a very bold card that really stands out. As these are very detailed die cuts, I used a little trick when running the dies through my die cut machine. I used some Quick Release Paper from Couture Creations and placed a sheet of that between my die and my paper and ran the die through my machine. The Quick Release Paper is a bit thinner than wax paper (which also works on intricate dies) and it helps the paper release from the die. In this case, the release paper worked like butter and the paper came out of the die with all of the little die cut pieces coming out easily as well. It’s a great tool to have on hand for those tricky dies.

For the base layer that would be underneath my flower I used a shimmery off-white cardstock which paired nicely with the other two colors.

I didn’t want to take away or cover up too much of the card front with a sentiment so I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the new Simon Says Stamp October Card kit. I really like the script and block lettering paired together. I stamped the sentiment onto some vellum and heat set it with some Rose Gold embossing powder which is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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I die cut the vellum using the new die from Studio Katia called Dotted Patterns Scalloped Frames. I really love this die set and the long rectangle was the perfect size for my sentiment.

To adhere the vellum to my card front I used a 1/8″ piece of score tape and placed it where the sentiment was so that it wouldn’t be noticeable from the front.

The finished die cut layers and shimmery base were adhered to some navy card stock.

On the inside of the card I used the awesome Beautiful Inside Sentiments set from Altenew. This stamp set is perfect for sentiments inside our outside your cards. There are sentiments for Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Sympathy and Holidays. I really love the sentiments in this set. I know it will get lots of use in my card making.

I stamped the “Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a year filled with joy.” sentiment with some Versamark and used my Rose Gold embossing powder and heat set it. It really looked beautiful against the navy card base.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and that it’s inspired you to try out the layering dies. There are so many techniques that can be done with these and the sale going on at Altenew, now is a great time to give them a try.

I’ve provided links to the products used below at no cost to you.