Happy Birthday with Newton presenting a multi-layer cake and oh so many candles. The background is stencilled from die cutting. Newton and the cake are embossed on foiled cardstock. Did someone say Cake?
Putting It Together
I love stencils and stencilling. It's one of my favourite types of tools. Die cutting is another favourite technique, so, combining the two for a background propelled my imagination.
I used a Spellbinders inset Art Deco die to cut a sheet of light vellum. The vellum was handy and I have used vellum before for self-made stencils.
I used removable adhesive on the back of the stencil to anchor it to the cardstock.
I smoothed the stencil over the pearl white cardstock.
I decided to use spray with the stencil, so I put it in a box to contain the spray.
I sprayed the panel with Glimmer Mist. I had wanted to add another colour, but the lightness of the vellum let me down. The vellum started curling up with the moisture. Another colour would have seeped under the stencil.
When I removed the vellum stencil, I was happy with the single colour and how it turned out.
I trimmed the panel and dry fit it with some ideas: rose gold foiled cardstock, a scallop die, and Newton with his cake.
I decided to cut the rose gold foiled cardstock with the scalloped oval and simply emboss the stamping with black. Taking pictures of this mirror finish cardstock is difficult. It shows up better in person than the pictures.
While die cutting the oval, I got an idea for corners and die cut them from the same rose gold foiled cardstock.
I rounded the corners with a fancy punch and adhered the foiled detail to bracket the corners.
To finish the card, I added "happy birthday" die cutting from white foiled cardstock and added everything to a black cardbase.
For cards using a black cardbase, I like to add a white or light coloured panel to the inside which makes it easier to add a personal sentiment. I used the white pearl cardstock and the corner punch for the panel and stamped a sentiment with fuschia to bring the colour inside.