I’m going to start out by saying that I’m really going to miss the Number of Years stamp set when May 31st arrives. Yes, I can definitely still use it, which I will. I won’t be parting with it even if it is retiring. I love it’s versatility for celebrating so many events. I’ve used it (actually the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits, for a 75th wedding anniversary (check it out here) as well as for birthdays.
Yesterday a friend/neighbor/customer asked me to make a 90th birthday card for her very favorite and special aunt….who is really her second cousin despite the disparity in their ages. I knew right away that I’d be using the Number of Years stamp set because of the flowers.
My main color choices are
- Rose Red (retiring)
- Powder Pink (2017-2019 In Color)
- Gorgeous Grape (new Brights Collections Core Color)
- Old Olive (Returning Regals Collection Core Color)
Classic Inks Used:
TIP: I traced the inside of the largest oval stitched Framelit with a pencil and then stamped the greenery images along the line following the curve. Then pop the flowers in here and there using Gorgeous Grape, Powder Pink or Rose Red classic inks.
Die cut two ‘9s’ and two ‘0’s, one using Powder Pink card stock and the other stamped using Powder Pink ink on Whisper White card stock. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach those layers to each other–I could slide them just a bit to allow the bottom layer to show. Then I attach the numbers to the card front with Mini Dimensionals.
The Happy Birthday greeting requires another tip: Stamp the words end to end to read HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Then ink up one half of the banner piece and position it over the greeting to the left side or the right side depending upon which side you inked up. Clean the stamp well and ink up the other end and stamp it. The sort of tricky part comes next when you’re ready to die cut the stamped image. Position the die off of the end of the platform so you don’t cut through it at the end of image — the die won’t be a long as your stamped image. Turn the stamped image and repeat at the other end to finish cutting out the banner shape. It works. Come back later this afternoon for a step-by-step photo tutorial.
At the very end I added a few Artisan Pearls from the Share What You Love suite. Soft, subtle and a touch of eye candy. They will be available for purchase on June 1st. This card is just another sample of why I’m really going to miss the Number of Years stamp set.