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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Happy birthday easel card...

I have been on this easel card kick lately and decided to make one for my daughter's birthday, too.

I started my card-making process by stamping this zentangle-like background stamp with Versamark and heat-embossing with black EP.

Then, I took my largest circle die and cut a curved edge on one end of my panel. I used a Marianne Design die called "border stitch lace" to cut a lacy strip which I glued to the back of my curved panel. This piece was then added to a black mat which was adhered to the bottom half of the front panel of my easel card.

My flower was cut with an unbranded daisy die-set, and I inked the tips of the petals and the veins in the leaves. The black flower center was made with Glossy Accents and microbeads.

I always apply my microbeads over a coffee filter to catch those that get away from me. And there are many that ALWAYS get away from me!

The happy "birthday banner" is white heat-set EP on black cardstock.

Finally, a little peek at the inside of my card. The sentiment panel is raised up with some foam tape to serve as a stopper for my easel.

I used a variety of stamps for this card, most of which have lost their original packaging.

I've been organizing my stamps lately into plastic envelopes and then labeling those envelopes. I keep them in alpha-order, and it is helpful to pull out just my "birthday" envelopes when making a birthday card and look through them first, instead of searching through a big bin of various kinds of stamps looking for the right ones.

You can see the 5" X 7" expanding envelopes I've used here. They each hold 4-6 stamp sets.  It's so nice to have my stamps more organized. For instance, for this card, I could easily pull out all my backgrounds stamps (I don't have that many, so they're all in one envelope) and find the one I wanted.

That's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


designbydonna said...

I love that background. It really lets that beautiful daisy pop. We think a lot alike. I've sorted a lot of my stamps like you have. That's why it is hard to credit maker. I've even done my sentiments, e.g. thiking of you, sympathy, get well, etc.

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

What a great background stamp! It reminds me of designs that are in some of the coloring books. The card is lovely!

Lynette said...

Another wonderful easel card, Cheryl! I bet your daughter loved it. Isn't organizing fun? :)

Glittered Paws said...

Beautiful - love your zentangle focal image and then set it off with the flower. You are brave with those micro beads - I hadn't thought about a coffee filter. Good idea. My daughters BDis today and I didn't takea picture of her card. I might have to make another one like it. Have a great 4th stay safe.

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful card Cheryl, love your pretty background and your red flower really pops!
Great storage idea - I had a bit of a half attempt to sort mine but it hasn't really worked that well. I think I really need to move house and build a craft room hahaha