Create a cupcake birthday card!

22 Feb

Today is Technique Tuesday. So, what technique did I share with my stampers? Faux silk! For those of you who haven’t tried this technique before, let me assure you…it’s really easy to do! There are two effects — vibrant or subtle — depending on how you do the technique. After my stampers used the vibrant technique to create one card and the subtle technique to create the other, I upped the difficulty level. NOT! Really, I just combined the two effects into one card. Here’s the result:

Here’s how to make this card:

The card base is Tempting Turquoise card stock.

The next layer is Whisper White card stock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″. I used the Create a Cupcake stamp set to stamp the cupcake images — first the cupcake papers (bottoms) and then the frosting (top) — after inking each stamp with Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers. Here, I’m creating the subtle faux silk effect. The tissue paper, which is how we get the faux silk look, will be laid over top of the stamped cupcakes in the next step.

Over the Whisper White layer is a layer of tissue paper (gift wrap), which was cut oversize at 6″ x 5″. Before laying it over the cupcake layer, I stamped it with the candle stamp from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, first in Rose Red and Daffodil Delight, and then in Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight, again using the Stampin’ Write Markers. Stamping on top of the tissue paper creates the vibrant faux silk effect. I set the tissue paper aside to dry for a while because tissue paper takes a while to dry completely since it really isn’t very absorbent.

Meanwhile, stamp the sentiment on Whisper White card stock, using Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Marker. Punch out the sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch. Sponge the edges with the same Tempting Turquoise marker. With two Stampin’ Dimensionals, pop up the sentiment and adhere it to a layer of Tempting Turquoise, punched with the Round Tab Punch. Set aside until you finish the faux silk technique.

Allow the inked tissue paper to continue to dry as you work on the inside of the card. On a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock, I used the Create a Cupcake stamp set to create a tempting little cupcake, inking the components with Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers. The crowning touch is a little Red Glimmer Paper cherry, punched with the Build a Cupcake Punch, and adhered with the Anywhere Glue Stick.

I’m sure the tissue paper is dry by now. Wad it up in a little ball, about the size of a pea. Don’t be shy; you want it to be really wrinkled. The more wrinkles the better! Gently unfold the wad.  Now, take the Anywhere Glue Stick and apply to the entire surface of the Whisper White card stock that you stamped with multiple cupcakes. Make sure you get the edges! Don’t worry — the ink will not bleed when you use the Anywhere Glue Stick! Once you’ve finished applying the glue, lay the crinkled tissue paper over the cupcake layer. Without stretching the paper, make sure it covers the card stock. Press down using a Bone Folder — but do not press out the wrinkles! The wrinkles are what create your faux silk effect. When finished you will have some overlapping tissue paper. Just use your Paper Snips to trim it.

Apply the sentiment. Then, you have to …yes, you have to…finish off your card with cherries on top of every cupcake! Pull out that Red Glimmer Paper again and punch some more little cherries using the Build a Cupcake Punch. Use your Anywhere Glue Stick to adhere them! Done!

Is this a stinkin’ cute card or what? Sometimes this woman, who thought she didn’t have a creative bone in her body for nigh onto 50 years, uncovers just a tad! It makes me happy! I hope this card makes you happy, too!

Until we meet again, HAPPY STAMPIN’!


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