Happy 30th Birthday

I made a Happy 30th Birthday card for one of my husband's workmates and thought I'd share it with you.

"After 30, a body has a mind of its own"
~Bette Midler

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How to Make My Happy 30th Birthday Card

To make this handmade greeting card for a young man turning 30, I used strips of coloured paper as the background and then made a feature of the stamped chef image. All stamps are from Stampin' Up! from a retired set called "Voila!"

First I stamped the chef and the cake out in black Stazon ink on white cardstock. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the cake just right on the platter since it was a separate stamp to the chef.

The outlined image needed a little bit of colour to lift it so I got out my Water Colour Wonder crayons (retired) but could have used a bit of ink from my ink pads instead, and an aqua pen and coloured in the cake, the chef's tie, and added some subtle shading where I thought there should be shadows. And I gave the chef some colour in his cheeks too! Well, wouldn't you be flushed if you were working over a hot stove? So was my chef, I decided.

Next I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in red on white cardstock, punched it out with a square punch and inked the edges in red. Then I mounted it to a piece of red card stock punched out to be a square a little bit bigger than my stamped image. I placed the sentiment with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig on the bottom right hand corner of my card  using some Stampin' Dimensionals.

I popped the chef up with some more Stampin' Dimensionals and placed him near the centre of the card.

After that I wrote out my question. That is, instead of just saying Happy 30th Birthday, I asked him a question instead, in a French accent of course and drew a jagged thought balloon around it freehand, then coloured in the number 30 to match the red cardstock. I cut this out and adhered it over the edge of the top right hand corner of the card.

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I decided to embellish the inside front cover of the card just a little bit. Taking some more red card stock, I punched out another square. Then I used another small stamp from the "Voila" stamp set and stamped it onto white cardstock. Using the Water Colour Wonder crayons (or ink) and the aqua pen, I coloured the image in a little and inked the edges of the image in red. I mounted the image diagonally on the red card stock and adhered it to the bottom centre of the front cover with more Stampin' Dimensionals.

I found an orange button and some gold cord, threaded the cord through the button and knotted it, then attached this to the bottom of the popped up image.

And the sentiment inside the card? I wrote 'UNBELIEVABLE!' in freehand above the stamped words "Bon Appetit!"

The aqua pen and crayons or ink make making this card a cinch! Of course, this was a Happy 30th Birthday card, but you could change the sentiment balloon to read anything at all to match any occasion.


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