But this past weekend I wanted to make a card for my youngest's birthday, and I also wanted to work towards the completion of the Pin It and Do It challenge, so I perused my Pinterest Board and found this example. I really like "simply elegant" cards, those that do not require a lot of artistic skill but are pleasing to the eye, and this one fit the bill. I was drawn to the embossed white on white with just a touch of pastel color.
While I had this particular embossing folder, I did not have the cupcake die cut nor this exact stamp set. This is my typical mode of operation, however - to find an idea but modify it to suit my needs or style. While I tried to duplicate the birthday sentiment on the front of the card with a decorative stamp (I tried a party hat, cupcake and streamers), I ultimately decided to leave the front quite simple... and instead add a bit of decorative sentiment to the inside.
I played a bit with the cupcake stamp - trying to find a shade of ink that would match the ribbon but not be too overpowering - and then I added a bit of flair by giving the candle's flame a "glow" and adding dimension to the icing with Stickles. I had to wait about an hour for the icing to dry, but I liked the end result.
I then realized that this design is so versatile that it can be adapted to many other occasions and not just birthdays. I embossed the fronts using a different folder and left the inside blank; I can then add the appropriate sentiment when the time comes. I think these would make a good baby card, sympathy card, or simply a Just Because card.
As with most crafts, it is just as easy to make several as it is to make one, so I thought I would create a few extras to keep on hand. I changed the color of the ribbon and the inside sentiment to add a bit of variety. The collection reminds me of a Sherbet sundae.
My final experiment of the day was to modify the front and add the sentiment, leaving room on the inside to write a more elaborate note. I think black and white is quite formal and elegant, the perfect combination for a wedding.
I had a lot of fun creating this weekend. I just need to remind myself to do it more often.