Your Birthday is Big News! - FabFriday 53

It's the trifecta of Fridays here today! One, it's Friday (yay); Two, it's Halloween! (woohoo); and Three, I'm playing along with FabFriday! lol

Here's the awesome sketch I had to work with:

And here's the sweet birthday card I created with it!

Your Birthday is Big News! - FabFriday 53

I used the sketch and this fun pattern paper from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper for my starting point. Next I chose fun colors to go with the Old Olive and ended up choosing Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise. I love the three of them together!

And I pulled out this fun, fun, fun stamp from the Big News stamp set, it's so perfect to color with Stampin' Markers!

For the next element of the sketch I used a shooting star stamp from the Be the Star stamp set and inked up all the stars individually, again using Stampin' Markers. I stamped it twice and rotated the pattern of stars to fulfill the sketch element.

At the last minute I decided to add two Rich Razzleberry Candy Dots. The jury is still out on whether I think that is the perfect finishing touch. I actually wanted to add a bit of shimmer to the stars but seeing that the card is appropriate for a pre-teen boy, I thought adding shimmer might be a poor choice :)

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and that you have a safe and not-so-spooky Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

Have you ever sent a "shouty" text or email? You know the kind, where the letters are all capitalized so the writer can emphasize their point? Well, I decided to do that with today's card...

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

I've been trying to come up with a card to go along with this fab sentiment from the Big News Stamp Set and I haven't had much inspiration. Finally, this weekend as I was staring at it again for the umpteenth time, I had the thought that it should be emphasized with a bright color and Rich Razzleberry popped into my head. That's a bit weird in itself as Rich Razzleberry is a color I rarely use. On the heels of that thought about the color was the realization that the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper has a pattern paper in Rich Razzleberry which, upon first viewing, I actually thought was obnoxiously loud...and PERFECT for a SHOUTY card!

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

And that's how this card was born :) I really, really love how it turned out. The recipient is truly going to know that I think they are AWESOME! The card really didn't need anything else, between the shouty paper and the shouty sentiment, you would think I had it covered. But no, I HAD to add a bit of sparkle in the form of Silver Glimmer paper :) lol. Lots of fun!

But I couldn't stop there...so I made another...

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

I changed it up a bit with a colored card base and by trimming the DSP ever so slightly. I also heat embossed the sentiment with Clear Embossing Powder after stamping in Rich Razzleberry to give it more depth. It's hard to photograph, but it's a neat effect.

Awesome Sauce! - CTS#94

So, which one do you prefer? I couldn't decide!

The inspiration for the layout of today's card was provided by this fun sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch. I don't always get a chance to play along but they always have such fun and inspiring sketches!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh! And in case you were wondering, the paper that I used to line the envelope today is a retired pattern (plain) from the Brights Color Collection Backgrounds Designer Series paper Stacks. At the time I wondered why on earth they would give me a plain colored piece of DSP, now, over four years later, I know...to line envelopes with! Hooray!