Friday, 12 July 2019

Masculine 60th birthday card - Hand Lettered Prose

Can you guess who this card is for?
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Masculine birthday card made with the Come Sail Away paper,
Hand Lettered Prose and Well Written dies
With just a little bit of planning, this is a very simple card to make.
I started out with the Sahara Sand base card and layer of Early Espresso.  Then I cut the piece of Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper to size, positioned the letter dies (see tips below) and ran it through my Big Shot.

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The letters are layered and sponged 
I used some old, retired cardstock to cut the letters three more times and adhered these behind the letters cut from the patterned paper to provide depth.  I wasn't concerned about the colour I used for these layers because I knew I would be colouring the edges (the only bit that shows) with Early Espresso ink.

Having sponged the edges of the letters, I stuck them into position on the card and then added the final elements.  I'm afraid the numbers are from a long-retired set which I keep to hand because they're the perfect size for most of my age cards.

The scatter of Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins finished the card.

TIPS:
Cutting the letters: To ensure that I positioned the letters exactly as I wanted them before cutting, I created a little template for myself.
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Creating a stencil to ensure accurate placement of the letter dies

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Using the stencil to accurately position the dies for cutting

Colouring the edges: To get into all the nooks and crannies around the edges of the letters, I used a Stampin' Write Marker.  I chose to do this before I added the final, decorative layer so that I didn't have to be careful.
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Using a Stampin' Write Marker to colour the edges of the triple layer letters, before adding the top decorative layer

To delicately sponge the edges of the letters, I used a tiny little make-up sponge.
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I used a tiny make-up sponge to apply a little ink to the finished letters.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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