Happy Birthday Brush Strokes

Happy Birthday Brush Strokes

Today’s share is another of my September Card Class designs.  These bold colors were perfect for this Happy Birthday Brush Strokes design and lent themselves to a masculine theme.  But, it would be great for anyone that likes bright & bold colors.  AND I was excited to sneak in my favorite new In Color – Lemon Lime Twist.  Yay!

BASE:  The card base starts with a trio of “swooshes” in the bold colors of – Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Tango and Dapper Denim.  I wanted each “swoosh” to look different, so I scoured my stamp sets and found these that I felt went together well.  They are from Happy Celebrations, Work of Art and Painter’s Palette.

I was looking for a way to ground the left side and decided to trim away 3/8″ from the left side of the card and placed the Dapper Denim strip.  The Dapper Denim strip was placed onto the back inside of the card so it completes the 4-1/4″ width.  Pretty cool!

SENTIMENT:  I do love our “Happy Birthday” thinlits die, but I needed it to be less flourish-y.  [smile] So I went to trimming away the “happy” and flourishes to give a cleaner look. [Compare it to the original and you’ll see.  See……a great way to get a totally different look.]

MINI DOTS:  You know me……I needed to add a bit of shine to the design and this was my in.  I clear embossed scraps of Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Tango and Dapper Denim.  Then I punched one each of 3/16″, 1/4″ and 3/8″ circles in each color.  After mixing and placing “just so” like only a Type-A can.  Lol!  I glued them down with a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Adhesive.  QUICK TIP:  After applying them to the card; with your Heat Tool, quickly run it around the edges of the circles to round and smooth the edges.  Very cool!

FINISHING TOUCH:  After I had placed the “Birthday” and the shiny dots it “just felt” that something was missing.  After trying several ideas I finally thought “try a narrow strip of Tangerine Tango between the Dapper Denim and Whisper White.  OMGawd!  That was it!  Happy chair dance ensued.  Lol!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed today’s bright and bold Happy Birthday Brush Strokes design, and will stop back by soon.  Have a great day!


  • STAMPS:  Happy Celebrations, Work of Art, Painter’s Palette, Thoughtful Banners
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Tangerine Tango, Lemon Lime Twist
  • INK:  VersaMark, Dapper Denim, Tangerine Tango, Lemon Lime Twist
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punches–3/8″, 1/4″ & 3/16″ Circles | Thinlits–Happy Birthday | Emboss Powder–Clear


Sparkly Hugs, Carol



  1. JenniferE says

    Wow, what an incredibly fantastic card! Love the colors, those swooches are just the best! Love the circles of color all around too!

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