Thursday, May 29, 2014

Soccer Theme Birthday Cards using PPA205

Earlier this week I planned to work on the Paper Pals Art Sketch Challenge PPA205 and enter it before the closing on May 27th, but guess what?  That's right, I didn't finish in time.  

My friend Sheri and I decided to tackle it anyway during our Tuesday stamping get-together just because this is such a fun sketch. We both thought it had potential as there are just so many possible ways you could use it.  

I wish I'd taken pictures of my stamping table because during our collaboration on the card it was just chaotic.  I think we hauled out most of my stamps before deciding to create our cards using the Great Sport stamp set.  

Stamp Set(s):  Great Sport, Work of Art, Elements of Style 
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Memento Black Ink, Versa Mark Ink
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Melon Mambo and Whisper White
Accessories:  Banner Framelits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Starburst Framelits, Black Embossing Powder, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones, dimensionals, Tom Bow adhesive

My motive for this card was creating a birthday card for a teenage girl who's an avid soccer player.  I think I scored on this one!

I made a top fold card and rotated the design so the banners are facing downwards like an award ribbon.  Although the card has a sports theme, I wanted it to be really girly girl in style and that's why I chose to do it in Melon Mambo.
The soccer ball was embossed using Versa Mark Ink and Black Embossing Powder.  It was added to the center of the design with dimensionals.  Three basic rhinestones add a little bling on this part of the card.  I cut out the central design using the Starburst Framelit Dies and mounted this on a basic black circle that was punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.

The chevron banners were stamped with the brand new Work of Art Stamp set that will be available in the June 1st catalogue.  They were cut out with the Banner Framelit dies and mounted on Melon Mambo banners.  (Note: the Melon Mambo banners were cut out with the next largest sized banner die but it was too big for these pennants, so I adhered the chevron banner position the "v" over top of the one on the Melon Mambo banner and then hand cut about 1/8" off of each side of the pennant, to achieve this look).

Here is a view of the card and matching envelope.

I made three of these cards in Melon Mambo.

Here's the inside of the card.  I repeated the flourish stamp from Great Sport and topped it with a Happy Birthday sentiment that's mounted on a 1 3/8" circle of basic black. 
Great Sport, item #132010 is a six piece stamp set  that comes in Wood Mount for $32.95 or Clear Mount for $24.71.  This set has a little something for ever sports enthusiast -baseball, basketball, football, soccer and can be used to create invitations, tags, or to embellish scrapbook pages for your favorite sports lovers. Use with the 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punches and the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies for a coordinated look that hits it out of the park!   It's on the retiring list and will no longer be available after June 1st.

I usually do something on the envelopes to match and these looked really cool.  
Work of Art to be released in the up coming Stampin' Up! Catalogue June 1st, 2014. 

Once we'd finished this card Sheri and I were gung-ho to do a masculine version.  We switched up our colour base to Gumball Green and Marina Mist.  Here's what we came up with:

These are all top fold cards.  I ran the bottom half of the Whisper White card stock through the Honeycomb Embossing Folder  so it would resemble a soccer ball.  I ran a second piece of basic black cardstock through the same embossing folder and then fussy cut out some of the hexagons and adhered them to the Whisper White layer.  An 8" strip of 1/4" gros grain black ribbon was added to the area where the embossing ended.  For this card I punched out the Gumball Green stamped image with the 2 1/2" circle punch and then adhered it to a circle cut with the 3" Starburst die.  I also added three decorative dots in green and blue to finish the card face.

Two of the cards are stamped in Gumball Green ink and mounted on a Marina Mist card base, while the third card is a Gumball Green base with stamping done in Marina Mist.  In terms of preference I think I really like the Gumball Green inked ones because they look so bold and fresh.

Here you can see two of the three cards I made and the matching envelope. 
I used the small banner punch from the SAB catalogue to punch out some mini banners and I embossed them with the Square Lattice embossing folder to give some texture. 
The sentiment on this card is from the Perfectly Penned stamp set.

I stacked the balls and embossed them with Versa Mark Ink and Black Embossing Powder. I wish you could see them in real life.  So shiny and they look real. 

So here are the two cards together.  I was so happy with both of them and I know they'll be greatly received by our young athletes on their birthdays.  Please let me know if you like these cards.  Any comments are appreciated. 

Happy Stamping! 

1 comment:

paper bag create said...

These were so much fun to design! We are a great design duo! ;) Love when we get together!!! :)

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