November is a very special month. I happen to love November for two reasons.  My mom’s birthday is in November and of course because of Thanksgiving.  In the month of November, I often find myself thinking about all the things I’m grateful for.  It’s a great time to recognize all of your blessings.

One of the things I’m grateful for is Stampin’ Up! colors. I absolutely love this combination so I decided to make my mom’s birthday card and gift box using them.  I fell in love with this month’s color combo as soon as I saw it.  I found out quickly that when you combine these specific colors a softness is created.

Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake are two of my favorite colors and Early Espresso is my favorite dark brown so I was thrilled to create with them.

For my card base, I used Very Vanilla cardstock.    But I wanted my base to be two-toned so I cut a piece of crumb cake cardstock the same size as the front of the card base and layered it onto the base. Now my base card is Crumb Cake on the front and the back is Very Vanilla.  I really like that two-tone look.

Then I cut some of the beautiful Lazer Cut Designer Series Paper and layered that onto the front of the base.  This specialty designer series paper made this card so feminine and delicate. The DSP transformed the card immediately.

Happy Birthday is the focal point on this card, but with the laser cut, dsp directly behind the sentiment everything got way to busy.  I needed to tone it down so I added a solid layer of vanilla cardstock behind the sentiment and that made everything settle down.

Make sure that you notice that I did run the solid layer piece through the Big Shot using the Subtle folder.  Let’s talk about the folder for a minute.  This folder adds the right amount of texture to any project, not too much but just enough.  I guess that is why the folder was named subtle, lol.

If you want your subtle image to be a little more visible just add a shim under the folder before running it through the Big Shot.  I love love love this folder but I like to deepen the impression just a tad.

Next, I used the Detailed Trio Punch to fancy up the corners.  Then, I added a pearl to each corner.  My final step was to add the ribbon at the bottom and tie a bow.

Have you noticed that I use this particular ribbon a lot?  I do that because it’s so versatile.  Did you know you can color this ribbon with blends?  Yes, you can and the gold trim resists the ink so when you are finished coloring the ribbon you get a beautiful ribbon in the color of your choice and the gold trim is still intact.  This ribbon also is available with a silver trim.  If you don’t already have it you really should grab a spool of each.

To make this Happy Birthday sentiment multi-toned,  I just watercolored wide lines of each color onto watercolor paper using an Aquapainter.  I started with the Early Espresso, then the Crumb Cake.  Next, I used the darker of the blue hues, Bermuda Bay and lastly Coastal Cubana.  Once your rainbow of color is dry you are ready to use your thinlit to cut out the sentiment.  It is so easy to do.

Now let’s take a peek at the inside of the card.

I layered more dsp on the inside just to fancy the card up a bit for my momma. Then I did a bit of water coloring on the inside of the card to tie everything together.

In this picture, the stamped sentiment looks like it was stamped in black ink, but I used Early Espresso.

I think I will give my mom a gift certificate to her hairdressers this year.  The certificate will fit nicely into this adorable polka dot pillow box.

I hope you enjoy this month’s hop…. I know I will.  Thanks for stopping in and remember ~

Live Loved My Friends ~ Beverlee



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