Just for something different....

...I thought I'd post a birthday card! I have some Christmas things to share over the next few days now that the gifts are given and there is no chance of spoiling any surprises, but first I wanted to share this card I made for my wonderful mother-in-law's 60th birthday, which was on December 22nd: mama 60th Mostly I tend to stick to fairly simple cards that means they will actually get made, but for this one I wanted to try something a bit more involved and 'sumptuous' for want of a better word!!

I knew I wanted to use Stem Silhouettes from the new Summer Mini as I absolutely LOVE this stamp set, but I wasn't sure what I would actually do with it. Then I saw these cards and decided I had hit the jackpot! This is a great layout, so I just tweaked a few details to my liking and the card to the left was the result!

I love the shadow stamping effect - here I used Certainly Celery and Old Olive. The striped paper is from the oh-so delicious Enchante pack of DS paper from the Summer Mini, as is the luscious wide grosgrain ribbon.

The strip of Old Olive behind the main image is stamped in Old Olive ink with both the Linen and French Script backgrounds and sponged around the edges with Old Olive too.

The corners of the main image were nipped off with the slit punch and I added some brads from my Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware.

Then to finish off, I added the happy birthday from Everyday Flexible Phrases onto some tiny strips of Confetti Cream, roughed up and sponged the edges and stuck them on!

Hope you had a great day Mama - we love you LOADS x

ETA: Apparently it's not so easy to see the effect of the shadow stamping in the above picture, so here it is a bit closer and from a different angle. I first stamped the leaf image in Certainly Celery, then again in Old Olive using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to move the image over by a couple of mm.

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