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Sweet birthday treat, zero calories!

I had planned to use the Lawn Fawn stitched cupcake die for classroom valentines this year, but my kiddos had very specific designs in mind that didn't involve cupcakes!  So, I decided to make a SWEET birthday card for my card stash instead.

For this card, I started with watercolor paper cut to 4 x 5.25."  I used the Newton's Nook cascading stars stencil with Nuvo glimmer paste in pink opal to add stars to the top half of the background.  I let this background dry overnight, just to be safe!

I cut the cupcake pieces from Bristol smooth card stock and used distress oxide inks to add color:  milled lavender, wilted violet, vintage photo, picked raspberry and touches of squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade.  I used VersaMark ink and some clear glitter embossing powder to add some sparkle to the icing and candle.  I like to see how other crafters do things, so I thought I'd show my set-up:  I use some tape runner to temporarily tack the pieces to a piece of scrap paper (I'm showing a "clean" piece of paper here, but I normally use and re-use my scrap pieces!).  I use the same set-up for adding embossing powder to small elements.

Assembling the cupcake was so much fun!  I mix and matched pieces and added some sequin "sprinkles" (the shop has SO many sequin choices) to the frosting. 

Next, I used VersaMark ink again, with white embossing powder, to create the happy birthday sentiment, and began to assemble my card.  I used a piece of purple card stock, cut to 4.25 x 5.5" to layer behind my starry piece to tie in the purple color.  I wanted to draw more attention to the cupcake, so I used the Lawn Fawn stitched circle die to create a turquoise base for it.  I just love the turquoise, pink and purple color combination!

This mostly die-cut card was a little out of the ordinary for me, but I love how it turned out.  Yay for pushing comfort zones (and for sweet treats with zero calories)!  Happy Friday, crafty friends!


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