Hello my fellow crafters, it’s Alexis from the Sizzix Art Department! Today I wanted to share with you a few projects I recently designed that can help spice up any party. Celebrations are the perfect venue to showcase your creative talents as a crafter, as well as, put a smile on all your guest’s faces in the process. As makers we have the unique ability to shape any get together into a one-of-a-kind event. From the invitations to the place settings to the gift wrap, it’s the personal touches that make any gathering feel special.
If you’re anything like this gal, then making people smile is one of your favorite things to do! Hence the reason I tend to craft quite a bit of the elements for any party I host. I want my guests to feel special. With anything I create I try to keep my guests personality in mind. If they love cats, I make them a cat-themed card. If they love mermaids, you better believe they are getting an Under the Sea birthday party. At the end of the day, it really is about making the people we care about feel as though they have been thought of specifically.
The projects you’ll see over the next few weeks were all inspired by my desire to host a bright, cheery birthday party. Today I will walk you through the first of the three projects. It’s something every party needs, a card for the guest of honor!
As a person who loves color I wanted to keep things colorful and feminine for an upcoming summer party. I knew I needed to create a hand-crafted card for the guest of honor and after seeing some of the most recent releases from our designers I was so excited to dive in!
Before you begin, gather the supplies you'll need for the project. Here's what I used:
- Stephanie Ackerman’s Banners and Hearts Bigz die
- Lori Whitlock’s Hello Doily Thinlits die set
- Where Women Cook's Birthday Wishes Thinlits die
- Big Shot (or Big Shot Plus)
- Cutting Pads
- Multipurpose Platform (or Magnetic Platform)
- Pattern papers
- Buttons (for accents) I also used
- Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks
I knew I wanted my base pieces to be in neutral colors as I was going to be using a variety of pattern papers and colors. The neutral base allowed for the other colors to meld together rather than compete with the background. I find it’s always beneficial to build my cards in layers. After the base pieces were established I wanted to add a pop of color and decided to layer patterned Banners from the Banners & Hearts so that I could build on top of those with solid colors that would stand out.
One thing I love about Sizzix dies is their versatility. They don’t just have one purpose and more often than not they can be used for a variety of mediums. The next element I layered onto the card was the Birthday Wishes sentiment on top of my Hello Doily lace detailing. This sentiment actually happened to be designed for use as a cake topper, but if you cut off the attachment holes you have the perfect sentiment for any project!
The final stage is always about embellishments. I love to use 3-D elements on my projects to give them depth and texture. In this case it was substituting a button and twine for the dot on the letter “I” and accenting with Hearts from Banners and Hearts by placing foam underneath to elevate them off the card.
I hope you feel some inspiration pouring into you from this project. I sure did love creating it! We will cover the party favors and banner panel in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for them in upcoming blog posts!
Until next time!
For more birthday card inspiration, check out these cute DIY's!