Happy Birthday, Wesley!
Thursday was my Wesley’s 25th birthday. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown and that my baby is a man with a toddler of his own. (I guess Amelia is technically a “toddler,” but she doesn’t toddle. Ever.)
Jon asked me early in the week if I could make a card for him to give his brother. When I first started stamping, my family and friends felt like they were “mooching” if they asked me to make a card. I had to convince them that making the card is actually a gift for me. I haven’t been able to get them to let me make my own cards, but I’m working on it!
While I was working on the card for Jon, Katelyn asked if I could help her make a card for Wes. She stopped by after work, and made this one.
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Isn’t that gorgeous? It was her first card ever, and I’m so proud of her. I showed her some of the shaving cream background cards Amelia and I had made the day before, and she loved them and wanted to use that technique on her card. We used Tranquil Tide*, Pool Party*, and Night of Navy* classic ink refills, because Wesley likes blue.
This background is so easy. Trust me, if a toddler/preschooler can do it, anyone can. And most of the time Amelia was playing with the technique, she was really playing, squishing the cream between her fingers and mixing it all around. She had a wonderful sensory experience. Surprisingly, we got some beautiful backgrounds that day as well. All you do is spread a thin layer (about 1/2″ or so) of shaving cream (not gel! It has to be cream) in a pan. Drip several drops of 2-3 different ink refills (Amelia and I used Tranquil Tide*, Fresh Fig*, and Lemon Lime Twist*), then swirl them with a toothpick or skewer. I’ve always heard, “Don’t mix too much or you’ll get mud,” but that didn’t seem to slow Miss Amelia down – and some of her overmixed panels were the prettiest.
After you swirl your ink drops, press your cardstock into the cream and lift straight up. Lightly scrape off the excess shaving cream and let dry. We used Glossy White Cardstock*, but Whisper White works as well.
Other elements to Katelyn’s card – She used the Happy Birthday Thinlits* with Silver Foil Sheets and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and she sponged the glimmer paper with the same colors we used for the background to create an ombre look. So clever! Finally, she added Enamel Shapes over the front. I didn’t get pictures of the inside or the envelope, but they have stamped balloons (some are even masked! Amazing girl went straight for the more advanced techniques!) and a fun sentiment.
Here’s the card I made for Jon to give Wesley.
There’s not a lot of stamping – just the banner and sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners set (and Duet Banner Punch). The other elements are from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (DSP)*. I think the Birthday Memories Suite* is my favorite in the catalog. I love the images – and the thinlits coordinate with the stamps and the DSP. How cool is that?
Over the next two weeks, almost everything I blog will use new products. When I was grabbing stamps and paper to bring with me, I seemed to gravitate to the new ones, so you’ll see a lot of sneak peeks. But don’t miss out on the products that will be retiring May 31. You can see them here. Remember, all products (even stamps after today) are while supplies last, so order them while you can!
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