A Very Special Birthday!

Hello crafty friends! I just returned from a quick weekend trip to Kansas for a very special birthday celebration. My husband’s grandma (Granny Mastin) turned 90 last week! Granny Mastin is an amazing woman. She raised 8 girls by herself, put herself through college to get a nursing degree and is a wonderful mom, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother to many.

I’d worked late several days last week and I hadn’t had time to pull together a Birthday card.  Finally on Thursday night I had some time and I wanted to put together a birthday card to take with us on our trip. I was looking to create something that was pretty but didn’t involve too many steps or coloring something complicated.

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I’d recently ordered the gorgeous new floral washi tape from Altenew. This washi tape is so pretty, I just love the colors. I knew it would make a great focal point for a card.

I cut an A2 size piece of 110lb cardstock and covered it with washi tape from top to bottom. The washi is over 6 inches wide so it works well as a background cover. I applied the washi tape very slowly and smoothed it on as I applied it to keep it from wrinkling and getting air bubbles in it.

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I finished it by folding it firmly against the edge of the cardstock and then adding craft tape on the back to securely hold the washi in place on the cardstock and to keep the overlapped corners in place.

The washi tape has a lot of gorgeous shades of wines, pinks, purples, deep greens. I wanted to pair it with some orange cardstock to make it pop. I cut a piece of orange cardstock and added the washi background to it using some dimensional foam.

Next, I cut two circles; one with the same orange cardstock and another slightly smaller circle from some white cardstock.

I wanted to use the birthday sentiment from the Gina K Wreath Builder stamp set, but I wanted to foil it. In order to do that. I stamped the sentiment and one of the little hearts using some Versafine onto some white cardstock. I scanned the cardstock with the sentiment into my computer. Once there I was able to clean up any weird lines or shadows from the scan. I printed the scanned image onto some white cardstock using my Brother laser printer.

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Once the sentiment was printed, I was able to foil it using my MINC machine and some Termoweb Fancy Foils in Passionate Pink.

When finished, I die cut the sentiment using my smallest circle die and layered it over the die cut orange cardstock using some dimensional foam.

Once everything was layered together, I felt that it needed something else as it seemed sort of plain. I ended up putting some more of the floral washi tape onto some scrap cardstock and then I fussy cut a few of the flowers and layered them around the circle sentiment.

I didn’t add any other embellishments because I felt that they would get lost in the washi tape background.

For my card base, I used some scrapbook paper that had a lined paper print on it. I cut it to be a top folding card and added the floral background to it using some more dimensional foam.

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I think the card turned out very nice with the flowers. The large Altenew washi tape makes a great background. I’m sure I’ll be using it again in other ways. Right now, I’m kind of feeling like it’s so pretty, I kind of want to hoard it – you know just it case they stop making it. LOL!

The trip to Kansas was a very short one, but it was nice to see Granny Mastin and the family and extended family (all 50-60 of them) that came together from all over the country to celebrate her life and legacy. She’s a very special woman. She actually still sends out birthday cards to all of her children and grandchildren to this day. Even I’ve gotten a birthday card from her every year since my husband and I got married and she always encloses $5.00.

Hope you had a wonderful Birthday Granny!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. I’ve included links to the products I’ve used below.