Happy 50th

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I don’t know about you, but I find I have a lot of large gems from the multipacks that I’ve purchased over time. The larger gems are not something I use a lot of, and hence pile up quickly.

Today I was brainstorming about how I could use them on a card in a way that fits my style… and then I thought, wouldn’t it be neat to die cut something into a panel, and through the negative, be able to see the gems sparkling behind? With the idea in mind, I began creating…

Inside my Silhouette Studio (Designer Edition), I created a 3″ by 4″ panel, with the number ’50’ in the center (using the font “Champagne & Limousines”). I also created my ‘happy’ sentiment strip by welding the letters (made from the font “Arial”) to a 0.12″ by 6″ rectangle. After all my pieces were created, I then die cut everything out from white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.


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Once my pieces were cut out, I cut a second white cardstock panel to the same dimensions as the “50” panel, and covered the middle of the panel with the gems; this panel will then be adhered behind my ’50’ panel. I adhered a piece of acetate behind the negatives of the numbers on the ’50’ panel, so that it will create a window to see through to the gems.


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Before I attached everything though, I stamped a bunch of balloons from the Simon Says Stamp “Celebrate” stamp set, using royal blue, dark pink and light pink inks, onto my ’50’ panel and my white card base. I also stamped the letters ‘th’ using the Lawn Fawn “Milo’s ABCs” stamp set and some gray pigment ink. With a silver and white paint pen, I drew some ‘confetti’ and some highlights on the balloons, for a bit of extra detail.

Next, I covered my ‘happy’ die cut with some Wink of Stella clear glitter, and covered the back with foam tape. I adhered my ’50’ panel to my card base with some foam tape, and then adhered the ‘happy’ die cut overtop of both with some more foam tape.


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For a final finishing touch, I took some small gems and adhered them parallel to my ‘happy’ die cut.

I hope you’ve enjoyed and that this has inspired you to create something fun with your extra supplies in your stash that are a bit ‘hard to use’! Happy Creating!


Inspiration & Challenges

The layout for this card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #179, and is submitted into the challenge.

This card has also been submitted into the Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes” challenge, and the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Wednesday challenge.


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7 Responses

  1. Nancy L. says:

    LOVE your card Nina!!! Thanks for linking up with us over at Seize the Birthday for our Anything Goes Birthday challenge!

  2. Becca Cruger says:

    This is sheer gorgeousness!! It’s so bright and festive! I just had to pop over here from the Seize the Birthday gallery to leave my compliments because your card was so stunning.

  3. Debby says:

    Gorgeous, beautiful card
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  4. jodenemarie says:

    Wow! So much to love about this card, it’s gorgeous! Great idea to have the gems peeking through from behind the die cut numbers! Thanks for joining us at Seize The Birthday :)

  5. Jen Brum says:

    Great car! I love the balloons and love your idea of the jewels behind the 50! Love the extra sparkle! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. Karo says:

    I love your card too :-)
    Greetings from Germany, Karo

  7. Love the cascading balloons! Great birthday card! Thanks for sharing it at FMS!

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