Chalkboard Birthday Card

I needed to make a quick birthday card today and it was just sheer luck that my Simon Says Stamp September card kit came in the mail this afternoon.  I’ve never used a kit on the same day it arrived before…I guess it was great timing and one of the patterned papers from the kit happened to have a pretty solid birthday feel to it:
I would have loved to use the whole 6×6 sheet of paper, but thought a 6 inch square card would look a bit clumsy, so I chopped off about an inch and a half of the one side (enough to preserve three of the “happy day” greetings at the bottom).  I stamped some cupcakes from TPC Studio and asterisks from the “Life is a Journey” set from SSS in Versamark and heat-embossed them in white.  Since I couldn’t just leave a birthday card black and white, I colored some of the pennants, the cupcakes, and the “happy” greetings with metallic markers from American Crafts.  The paper seemed to absorb and tone down the marker ink, giving them a soft colored chalk appearance:

Lastly, I popped this whole panel up on the gray Bazzill cardstock provided in the kit, leaving just enough room for a chevron border from the same “Life is a Journey” set (stamped in Versamark and heat-embossed in clear).

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials Used
Stamps
     “Cupcakes” by TPC Studio
     “Life is a Journey” by Simon Says Stamp

Paper
     “Chalk Studio Collection” by My Mind’s Eye
     Bazzill gray cardstock

Other
     Versamark Ink
     Metallic Markers Medium Point Set from American Crafts
     Clear and white embossing powders from Recollections

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