Card: Celebrate! Happy Birthday

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My uncle is having a birthday, so I decided to make him a cheerful birthday card. I saw a card using Washi tape on Pinterest and decided to make something similar. Washi tape is fun to work with and it offers such a variety of colors and patterns.

To start with I stamped "Celebrate" from my CTMH stamp stash (S1803) and "Happy Birthday" from a Lawn Fawn set onto a scrap piece of white cardstock. I save all my scrap pieces of cardstock because I find I can use them for those bits and pieces needed when creating a card or scrapbook design.

While that slow drying pigment ink dried I prepared my card base using a piece of white cardstock cut 5.5" x 8.5". I scored it at 4.25" on my Scor-Buddy.

Next I stamped the inside sentiment. I wanted to be sure to use a sentiment I could color, so it would match the sentiment on the front. I thought this one was perfect for my uncle!

Next comes the fun part... the coloring! I used my Tombow Dual Brush Pens for this part. I love how the color glides on, and the color is blendable.

Now it was time to pull out some Washi tape from my stash. I have to admit, if there is a sale on Washi tape I simply can't help buying more of it. All those colors and patterns! I applied the tape in various lengths on the front of the card base, being sure to notch each end with my scissors for a more finished look.

Once I had all five colors of Washi tape applied to the card base I colored in the sentiment for the front of the card using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Wanting to make sure that the sentiment wouldn't get lost on the front of the card I outlined it with a stripe of Washi tape along the top and bottom of the sentiment. I knew I was going to trim most of the tape away, but I believe a bit of color along the edges was necessary.

Next I simply trimmed the front sentiment card so that it would fit nicely onto the front of the card. I didn't measure this, simply "eyeballed" it. Be sure to notch the end so it matches the notches on the Washi tape on the card front.

Now, using a foam tape for a bit of dimension, I attached the sentiment to the front of the card. I like how the red edges tie the whole design together.

I generally try to make an envelope that will match the card. With Washi tape this is never a problem.

So that card is now complete and ready for a personalized message and to be mailed. One of the fun things about making cards is that I know there is not another one like it, so there is no risk of my uncle receiving a duplicate!

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