Sunday 19 May 2013

Twenty-one today.

Saturday was a busy time for birthday's amongst family and friends. Ian's friend Ben, who moved away to Blackpool four years ago, celebrated his twenty-first and this is the card I made for him.

The previous Saturday I'd been to see Nicky Hall demonstrating at the Papeterie and whilst there bought a 21 stamp set by Woodware.  The 21 was stamped on to the positive silver Little Swirls paper from Pink Petticoat using VersaMark ink and embossed using disco black embossing powder from Stampendous.  Once this had set then the twenty one was die cut using a square Spellbinders die and the inside of the numbers were filled with art glitter glue and silver glitter.  It's ages since I've used this technique and I used to love watching Jane Nestorenko demonstrating it on Create and Craft.  A Woodware corner notch punch was used on each corner and a silver and black metallic thread wrapped around the topper.  A few stray flecks of embossing powder had escaped and to camouflage this I spritzed over the topper with black and silver metallic pens.

The card was put together in three tiers.  On the bottom one there are layers of black and silver mirri card and the positive silver Little Swirls patterned paper.  The corners of the patterned paper were either stitched or had corners added on top made from Happy Birthday paper printed from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Blue in greyscale.  

The second tier has a scalloped square cut from the negative silver Little Swirls patterned paper. Layered on top of this is black card, Happy Birthday paper and another layer of the negative silver Little Swirls paper.  Corners of silver mirri card embossed with a Darice keys embossing folder were added to this layer.

The 21 topper layered on to black and silver mirri card was the third layer.  My usual embellishments of ribbon and brads were used with the addition of two silver keys.

A double insert was made for the inside of the card using Little Swirls patterned paper for one layer and a message created on the computer for the second.

We gave Ben a voucher to spend on Amazon and used their print a gift card with your own photo option.  After printing it out I chopped it up and made my own gift card with it.  The photo used is one Ben posted on his Facebook page recently of himself and his girlfriend Abbey.  The photo had already been manipulated and I thought using it would amuse them both.  The caption was printed on the computer and die cut using an X-cut speech bubble die.

The card and gift card

The card, gift card and gift tag

Ben on his birthday with Abbey

Ben made my day on Saturday as he took time out from his birthday activities to phone from Blackpool to say thank you for his card and present.  That made the time and effort taken all the more worthwhile.

Thanks for reading today


  1. Two fabulous cards Liz, love the design for your 21st and just love the expressions you have created on the faces of the second. Will causes a few laughs I would think! Carolxx

  2. Gorgeous card and tag. I love the design and the little keys are a lovely addition. The photo is great fun!

    Thank you for joining in the celebrations at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  3. Fab card and gift card Liz! Love how you put the caption on the photo its perfect! I live in Blackpool too! Hugs Susan x

    PS thanks for sharing with us at Lexis hugs Susan x

  4. Love your card. The number says it all and the layers are marvelous. Enjoyed visiting your blog.

    Come and see what I've done lately!

  5. a very cool and clever card!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  6. Fabulous cards and photo image. Visiting from MIM. Faye

  7. What a brilliant birthday set, love the photos lol. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  8. I love this card! Gorgeous design and that big glittery number says it all. I also like how you've personalized it with that fun pic.

  9. Love the number card its brilliant and love the gift card too.

  10. stunning cards liz.your designs are fab and I love the fab woodware stamp :D

    xx coops xx

  11. So pretty! Love the bling you put on the numbers. Thanks for joining at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges: Use A Number

  12. Beautiful card and gift.
    Thank you for joining us at Lexis Creations.
    Hugs Julie xx

  13. Fantastic card and imagea Liz.. I saw this on MIM and came for a look..Loz

  14. Very nice. Thank you for joining Delightful Challenges.

    Lawren - DT

  15. What a super project! Love the card, it has such a hip, modern look. I love all the layers and that great black ribbon. I know that he is going to love it! Thanx for play8ing along with us at CC&CC. Joanne

  16. An elegant 21st card and tag and a fun gift card.
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  17. Gorgeous card, love the colours and design used for this male card. Thanks for joining us this month at Sparkles Monthly.
    Kim xXx

  18. A fab card

    Thankyou for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow for our "Squares" challenge

    Hope to see you again soon

    Ang x

  19. Fab creations!

    Thankyou for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our "Monochromatic" challenge

    Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again soon

    Ang x

  20. Gorgeous card

    Thank you so much for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow and also Sparkles monthly challenges, hope you will join us again
    Good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

  21. What a fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us at stamping sensations for our embossing and texture theme this month and good luck!

  22. This is a great birthday card and I love the sparkle. Thanks for joining with us in the Great Impressions Stamps May “celebrations challenge.