Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Gorgeous - Happy Birthday

Today I’d like to share my second design featuring the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.  It is a great set that includes a variety of floral and balloon images as well as loads sentiments.  This happens to be the third design I created because I had several (and I do mean quite a few – Lol!) embossed flowers laying on my work space from my two previous designs.

I also like to give myself little challenges when designing and stamping to see what I can create that may be outside the box for the stamp set I’m working with.  This is something right up that alley, the flower “petals” are actually balloon shapes that I punched out with the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch.

BASE:  As the “pink” flower center was the focal point I wanted to highlight, I did my best to keep the “background” as neutral as possible.  The base starts with a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card size in Basic Gray.  Next I layered with a Smoky Slate square topped with a slightly smaller Whisper White square.  The Whisper White was stamped with “Happy Birthday”, also from this stamp set”, in Smoky Slate ink.  Then I popped the Smoky Slate square with Dimensionals. (Gotta have “more height”, yeah baby!)  Even though the Smoky Slate is a light gray I wanted it to be even more subtle.  [I tried stamping off first which made the words too light and not “solid” enough for me.]  Finally I added another layer, Vellum.  It let the “background” shine through but toned it down just enough.  (Woohoo!)  [TIP:  I placed adhesive in the center to hold the Vellum so it wouldn’t show through.]

FLOWER PETALS:  Trying to keep things as neutral as possible I (of course, giggle) stamped the dotted balloon shape onto Silver Foil and then heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder.  Silver on silver……Love it!  I punched the petals with the Balloon Bouquet punch and forming the circle of petals in which to place the flower center.  Yes, I popped the petals with Dimensionals.  (Woohoo…”more height”)

FLOWER CENTER:  As this was the focus of this design, I of course had to emboss.  [smile]  First, I stamped the solid floral image onto Whisper White with Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette ink.  Next I stamped the “outline” image onto the solid image with VersaMark ink and heated with my Heat Tool to get the cool raised silver outline.  [TIP:  Make sure you tap and wipe your image with an Embossing Buddy before stamping the outline image.  So the embossing powder will only stick to the stamped image.]  Then I fussy cut the larger flower, popping it with yet another Dimensional.  Finally I punched the flower center with a 3/8″ Circle Punch and popped it with a Mini Dimensional (yes, we now have Mini Dimensionals……Woohoo!) and small Rhinestone.

SENTIMENT:  Even though the background says “happy birthday” I wanted to make a obvious this was a birthday card.  [grin]  So this meant I also stamped the “happy birthday” onto the Vellum with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder.  This sentiment is included in the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set as well.  Wowzer!

OH, I almost forgot!  Here is a peek at the inside.  I’m trying to include something on the inside as well with my designs.  It doesn’t always happen, but hey, I’m trying.  Lol!

There ya have it.  I was able to use pieces I had laying on my work table AND using other image in a “not expected” way……Sweet!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a stamping-ly wonderful Friday and weekend.


  • STAMP:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous
  • PAPER:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Vellum, Silver Foil
  • INK:  Smoky Slate, VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–Holly Berry Builder (3/8″ Circle), Balloon Bouquet | Emboss Powder–Silver | Basic Jewels–Rhinestones


Sparkly Hugs, Carol



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