Hello, Friend!

I love celebrating birthdays! My birthday is in April, and I use the entire month as an excuse to have a sweet treat (chocolate cake anyone?). Today is the birthday of a very good friend, and I could hardly wait to make this card for her.

Hello, Friend!

This card is so easy to make, and it features some of my favorite crafty tools and techniques. I started with an A2 panel of deep red card stock, 65 lbs, and misted it with gold shimmer spray. The panel was then embossed using the KALEIDOSCOPE EMBOSSING FOLDER from Simon Says Stamp’s Card Kit of the Month for October.

The panel was cut down and matted on a sheet of yellow card stock. I had already picked out the paper doll from Capitol Chic Designs so I chose the yellow card stock to coordinate with her dress. Next, I heat embossed the “Hello Friend” sentiment from the PAINTED BLOSSOMS MINI stamp set from Gina K. Designs onto a vellum strip. It is adhered to the card front panel, with the top edge of the vellum strip placed across the center of the panel; the sentiment is positioned to the left of center. Two 1/8″ strips of gold card stock are used to frame the vellum sentiment strip.

Meet ANTONETTE 2 from Capitol Chic Designs

ANTONETTE is the bright & cheery focal point on this card. I love her outfit and shoes!

You’ve seen me use the paper dolls from Capitol Chic Designs on a few cards. If you haven’t, take a few minutes to browse through my card gallery or check out some previous blog posts, and you will see these dolls featured on several of my cards. This beauty reminded me of my friend, sassy, classy and oh so lovely. She is popped up next to the sentiment.

Now this is a birthday card so I wanted to add a slice of cake to the card front since I was not using a typical birthday greeting. You can completely omit this part if you don’t want to include it. I heat embossed a leaf from the Taylored Expressions SIMPLY STAMPED – LEAVES stamp set onto the same deep red card stock, then I used the coordinating die to cut it out. It is popped up with small foam squares, right above the sentiment. I put the cake slice on top of it.

I finished the card off with some gold embellishments placed all around the card front. The panel is then adhered to a DARK CHOCOLATE card base from Gina K. Designs. I love the final look of this card, and I know that my friend will be excited to receive it in the mail!

I have thoroughly enjoyed making this card! I hope you like it, too. In the comments, tell me what you would do differently. I love the ideas you all bring to me. Have a blessed day and Happy Crafting!