Hi everyone! It's Yuki here with a super fun birthday card and coordinating gift topper. I made these for our dear friends who recently celebrated their son Connor’s first birthday. Our friends have a super cute pet Boxer and I thought it would be so fun to have the Boxer from the “Critters at the Dog Park” set holding a birthday balloon.
I started off by die cutting the background panel using the A2-sized stitched rectangle die. I used “Harold’s ABCs” to spell out “happy birthday” and white heat embossed the sentiment directly onto the background. I then masked off the stitched edges and the clouds from the “Hello Sunshine” set and colored the sky using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I stamped the dotted clouds slightly off-set with a matching blue pigment ink. I then stamped the sun in a yellow pigment ink and inlaid it onto the background panel. I used one of the “Stitched Hillside Border” dies to cut a hill and colored the hill using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. To complete my sentiment, I stamped the balloon from the “Hello Sunshine” set in blue dye ink and then white heat embossed the “1st” from “Harold’s ABCs” directly onto the balloon. I then colored the Boxer, tennis ball and bone using Copic Markers. To finish the card, I attached some yellow twine to the balloon and tucked it behind the Boxer’s paws.
Instead of a gift tag, I thought it would be a cute idea to make a custom gift topper that my friends could keep and display. To create the gift topper, I die cut Connor’s name using “Finley’s ABCs” from white cardstock and white craft foam. For the O’s, I die cut the balloon from “Hello Sunshine” out of green cardstock and then added some highlights to the balloons using my white gel pen. I colored two of the little birds from the same set using Copic Markers and cut them out using the coordinating dies and also cut them out from white craft foam. I adhered the die cut pieces onto a panel of pattern paper from the “Let’s Polka” 6x6 Paper Pack I had die cut using one of the large stitched rectangle dies. To anchor the balloons, I attached some “Cloudy” Lawn Trimmings behind the balloons and tucked the twine behind the focal panel. To finish the gift topper, I matted my focal panel onto some yellow cardstock I had die cut from one of the larger stitched rectangle dies.
I really love how the card and gift topper turned out and my friends totally loved it too! Thanks again for stopping by and be sure to visit the Lawnscaping Challenges Facebook page for even more awesome inspiration and visit my blog for a full list of supplies used to create today’s projects. And don't forget to check out the latest Lawnscaping Challenge: Create a Background, you have until Wednesday to play along! ♥