Happy birthday!

Updated: May 5, 2021

This weekend, one of my granddaughters celebrates a teenage birthday. I made this card using the new 2021-2022 In Color, Polished Pink, for the card base and ink. The designer series paper (DSP) is one of the recently retired products, Artistry in Bloom.

The card base was cut 5 1/2" by 11", scored at 4 1/4" from the right, and scored again leaving the front panels 3", 2" and 1". For the angled cut, start at the 4 1/4" score line and angle the front part of the card to approximately 3 1/2". Line those points up in the Stampin' Trimmer and slice the cardstock.

Burnish the score lines using your bone folder. The card will fold back on itself in a "Z" fashion.

Optional: Using Polished Pink, randomly stamp the inside portion (the two largest panels) with a floral pattern. I used three stamps from the retired set, Everything is Rosy

Cut the DSP to fit the panels, allowing approximately 1/4" margins. If you choose to emboss them, do that now. I used the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder. Using LIQUID adhesive, adhere to the cardstock panels accordingly. (Embossed surfaces don't adhere well with tape runner style adhesives.) Then, glue the front panels to make one single panel on the front.

On a scrap of Basic White cardstock, stamp your image(s) in Memento Black and color with Stampin' Blends. I used the Hey Girlfriend stamp set and colored the dog in Soft Suede light, the cat with So Saffron light. I used light and dark So Saffron for the girl's hair, Polished Pink dark for her bow and flower, as well as accents for the pets. Her dress is the new color, Fresh Freesia dark; her leggings started out as Polished Pink light, but I then went over it with Fresh Freesia light. There are no dies for this set so you will have to fussy cut the images by hand.

Add a panel of Basic White to the inside panel of the card. The small one start with 2 3/4" by 5 1/2" and cut the top to mirror the angle of the cardstock. Adhere the above images to this panel. Sentiments (both inside panels) came from the retired stamp set, Everything is Rosy, in Polished Pink ink.

Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock, 5 1/4: by 4". Stamp the sentiment towards the left side so it cannot be seen when the card is closed. Adhere to the card base. With the card closed, stamp in Polished Pink ink, a sentiment that will be seen. I wanted a large Happy Birthday in a single line but didn't have one, so I used the Congrats stamp from the recently retired Many Mates.

Since the card is a little thick, I created a belly-band to keep it closed. I used scrap Polished Pink (left over from making the card base) 1" by approximately 9", scored at 1/2" and 4 3/8". Burnish the score lines. There will be extra cardstock remaining. Tuck the 1/2" flap to the back of the card and wrap the belly-band to the front and around the back. Allow the width of the Stampin'Seal adhesive tape to underlap the 1/2" flap and cut off excess cardstock. Connect the ends of the belly-band.

Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 16" long. I used the Magenta Madness In Color 2020-2022 woven ribbon. Center the ribbon so the bow can be tied in the front of the belly-band. Adhere to back side of card with mini glue dots or your favorite adhesive. Tie a bow in the front and adhere with mini glue dots as necessary.

Add embellishments as desired. After the photo was taken, I decided to add three of the 2020-2022 In Color enamel dots in Magenta Madness.

If you make this card, please leave a photo in the comments. I would love to see your versions!

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