It's time for another card update. The first four cards were designed or finished for a family birthday party celebrating some summer and early fall dates.
This one is a variation on an idea I created using a patterned cardstock background, a vellum circle printed (on my PC) with the word "birthday" (I have done others that say "anniversary"), a circular frame die cut from metallic cardstock, and a "happy" die cut to top it off. To neatly adhere the slim lettering, I have found it's best to run a small piece of cardstock through a Xyron machine, burnish, then peel off the plastic layer. After I die cut the word from the sticker, the back can be peeled off, making the word easy to attach.
The next card started with some Hong Kong postage stamps I received on letters from a cousin when she was there 30 years ago. In the process of decluttering/downsizing, it's great to come across ephemera that inspires a project: in this case a card for that very same cousin. I mounted the stamps on a die cut tag.
The flowers on the stamp were a close match to an embossing plate I had, so that became the pink layer. The bottom layer is a leafy patterned cardstock, and I made a flower embellishment from the two colors.
A faux Chinese coin, a couple of brads, a bit of gold cord and some chipboard letters were the finishing touches.
The next card started with one of the card fronts I made many, many years ago when I first tried rubber stamping. The flowers are stamped and the sentiment is PC-printed, then die cut.
Buttons and ribbon are the embellishments.
The mini card below was another project that started years ago. The technique is called Iris Folding. I folded and taped the layers of origami paper into this design, then set it aside until a later time. Now it is finally finished into a small die-cut window card.
Lastly, I made a card for DCWV's Stack-a-holic challenge on Facebook. I have many stacks of that company's paper, and this one was made entirely from the Taj Mahal stack, with the exception on the die cut and the vellum.
I cut the flowers from one of the cardstock sheets and added tiny beads to the centers.