Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Card!

Oh wow! Today has been an experience in the flower garden and I have decided I have a black thumb. Maybe next year I will not kill any plants. That is the goal at least. Hehe!

I wanted to try my hand at making a layered, die cut Birthday card and here is what I did: 
I just (like 2 days ago) added to my die cut collection and have been trying out different substrates and "sandwiches". There is a lot to learn about that. I only have a Cuttlebug. This is my first try at using only die cuts and paper. I had to add some stamping though. :) 

The base is cardstock, the heavy stuff. Then I added another layer of printed cardstock and distressed the edges. The slipped a diecut (Sizzix-Label & Edge, Scrollwork) under the first layer after applying some Emperors gold Silks to it. 
I added some cracks with my stamp and Archival ink in coffee. 

I then used a Cuttlebug die (Flourish Emblem) and made my focal die cut, sprayed it with LSG sprays and added the same cracks stamp. 

I popped it up with small foam dots to give the card some dimension. 

I used a third and fourth die (Spellbinders-Fancy Framed Tags Three) for the part under the sentiment and dry brushed it with the gold Silks as well. There are so many dies out there in the world! Who knew?!? Everyone but me, apparently! Lol. I don't have any stamps or dies that have Happy Birthday so I used an alphabet stamp set I have and stamped each letter individually. It isn't perfectly straight but that was my seventh attempt so I went with it. :) 

The flower is from Reneaboquets store. The lace is from my stash and I thought it added some nice texture to this card. 

Hopefully I keep trying my hand at this die cut and layer stuff. It is a fun process. Thanks for stopping by and Carpe Diem! ~Niki
I plan on sharing this card with these amazeballs challenges: 


  1. Hi, Niki - great minds think alike! We've used the same palette..... and i love what you have done here!! xx Lynn

  2. Fab stuff, Niki! A yummy die cut sandwich indeed! Claudia x

  3. Wow, Niki, your layered card is absolutely beautiful! What wonderful die cuts you used and I just love your color choice! That crackle stamp is awesome! Amazing job! Bravo, my friend!
    Huge hugs to you! Branka xxx

  4. Oh wow!!! What a masterpiece and it is your first try!!! I am soo proud of you! I only have a cuttlebug and very few dies but I try to use them as much as possible cause they ARE fun :) You did absolutely wonderful job and I can't wait to see more of your creations!
    Hugs to you my dear!

  5. This is a card you should be proud of, Punkin'! I love the chosen die cuts, and stamping on those cracks sure wins me over--loves cracks! Love that stamp and am so drooling over it! The touch of lace and that label die cut make this so shabby! (Wink, wink!) Well done on another first time for you! Keep 'm coming! Big hugs, my friend!

  6. Great card Niki, love the colour scheme. Great idea to give texture to the die cuts with the crackle stamp.
    Avril xx

  7. I just love the crackle stamp for this card! Such an easy way to get patina on a paper card. Beautiful project!

  8. Stunning card and the turquoise looks fab with the crackles added, has a Moroccan feel to it.
    Julie x

  9. Ha, ha!! Great minds do think alike, Niki! Loving all that crackle you have going on, and of course, your color scheme :-) I wasn't sure my mop up would qualify - is it ok to still add to ABC? Thanks for your visit! xx Lynn

  10. Lovely card Niki and have fun playing with your new dies! Deb xo

  11. How scrumptious - the crackle stamp is so effective on that fabulous flourish - love this!
    Alison xx

  12. Gorgeous die cut...I love the crackle effect. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  13. This is great!
    Thank you for joining Cuttlebug Mania this time!


  14. Very pretty. I love the die cut against the background

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  15. A magnificent card dear Niki. I like the vintage style and the crackled look on background and punch. A very nice and romantic card.
    Dear Greetings

  16. Fabulous card! Beautiful die cuts and stamping.Thank you for playing along with this month’s challenge at Crafty Calendar

  17. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
    hugs Jo x