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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy 21st Birthday to you....

A card destined for my niece who is turning 21 today.  I cased this card from one of my favourite stampers Chat Wszelaki; details are below if you want to case.  This card design is very universal and could be used for many other occasions.  We have had quite a bit of humid weather lately with the storms that have been around and it's made my cardstock go limp. I'm thinking of using a heavier cardstock for my base to give it more strength; I'm finding the SU whisper white seems a little weightless and struggles to handle a lot of layering, especially when the weather is humid.  I've had a heavy book on this card to stop the card from bulging.  Sometimes I print my inside message on a coloured sheet and adhere this to the inside of the card.  I've found not all cardstock absorbs ink the same and there are differences in the quality of image so it's a matter of doing a test job if you want to see how well the heavier cardstocks ink up.

You may or may not of noticed that I've also changed my blog background.  It was time for a face lift big time......I got this one from HOT bliggity Blogs and I found these instructions super easy with installing a new background on your blog

I've also been trying to improve my card photography and found this link on Splitcoasters which you may find helpful for your projects.  Just putting your card on a slight angle I think has made a big difference and allows layers to be seen as in this card photo.  I'm still working on getting the light right.  The instructions also include how to edit in Photoshop which I'm struggling a little bit with, but I'll get there.  Here are the instructions from Amy Sheffer at

Stamps:  Just Believe and Perfect Punches
Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain ribbon in Pretty in Pink
Ink:  Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink
Bigshot:  Square Lattice EF and  BeautifulWings Embosslits
Punches:  SU 2 x 1-3/8" oval punch
Accessories:  adhesive pearls, adhesive 'at home stash' numbers/alpha sheet and dimensions for the birthday sentiment.  The birthday image was trimmed around the oval border and then glued to the chocolate chip cardstock and punched out using the oval punch.  Hope you like it....I loved making it.  Thanks for dropping by.....keep smiling....Ann