October 3, 2012

Birthday Card Tutorial just 'For You'

Today we have design team gal RACHEL WALSH sharing with us.
Rachel has created a gorgeous birthday card that features TWIDDLEYBITZ templates and includes another way of using the fabulous flower template. 

 Rachel takes us through the creative process 

You will require

Twiddleybitz Products: 
Leaves – FER004

Other Products used:
6” Glitz Designs Paper Pack – Rose Lattice, Music, Pink Stripe, Brown & Cream Stripe
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Mr Huey’s Colour Spray – Dark Calico
Rub ‘n’ Buff – Spanish Copper
Pearl Brad

Position chicken wire template on card and ink around the outside inch or so using the vintage photo distress ink and a sponge.  Remove the template, and swipe ink around the edges of the card.

Cut rose trellis paper to 4” x 4” and ink edges.
Cut brown & cream stripe paper to 5” x ¾” and ink edges.
Trace the large and small flower templates onto the pink stripe paper, and the medium size template onto the music paper.  Cut them out & ink the edges, using the sponge.  Using a skewer, curl the leaves back a little, then layer the flowers, pierce a hole through the centre, and add pearl brad (you could also use a button or bling, with glue in between the layers, if you 

Trim leaves to suit the size of the card (I cut two or three leaves off the bottom of each stem).  Spray with Mr Huey’s Dark Calico colour spray.  Using your thumbs, bend each leaf along the centre – it’s easier to do it while the spray is still a bit wet, but your hands will get messy! 
Apply a little rub ‘n’ buff to each leaf, then gently buff with a soft cloth to bring up the shine.  Re-bend the leaves after if necessary.

Assemble the card as follows:

    1. Attach the flower approximately 2” from the left edge of the stripe strip.
    2. Attach the rose trellis paper to the centre of the card, and the stripe strip on top of it – the top of the strip is approximately 2” from the bottom of the card.
    3. Position the leaves as desired & glue them down with a little wet glue along the stems & the folded edge.
    4. Add your sentiment in the bottom right corner with the itty bitty alpha letters – if you can see a white bit where you cut the letter from the pack, ink over it with your brown ink and it won’t be noticed once it’s stuck down.

Write in your card as desired, pop it in the envelope & post or deliver as required!  Using the flower template this way means that the card is not too bulky for posting, which is perfect, since my sister lives in NZ, and her birthday is two weeks away – guess who’s getting this card! 

Happy Creating!!

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