As many of you know I have a small business where I sell my creations at craft shows and in my local community. About every 6 months or so I look through my inventory and see what I need to add to it. This time I noticed that I needed some birthday card for women, but instead of the same old flowers, etc. I wanted something a bit edgier. So I turned to My Favorite Things and their martini and margarita stamps and dies. They also come with shaker components and that really gave me a few ideas. Here is the end result and I will go through the steps and information in a bit.
Originally I was going to try to do a different color for the martini, such as Cosmopolitan, but I liked the bright, happy green so much I that thought it could just be an Appletini instead. So except for the glasses and the inside sentiments both are made the same.
This A6 sized card allows enough room for the divided front. The left third of the front is cut from the Lawn Fawn Spring Perfect Plaid Lily of the Valley. The right two thirds is a pale gray cardstock with darker fibers in it. I used the Creative Expressions Ocean Waves Pinpoint embossing folder to add texture. I found that if I turned it sideways it looked like bubbles coming up through liquid, which I thought worked well with the theme. I actually cut both papers a bit larger than I needed, taped them together on the back and then cut it down to size and put them through my Xyron. I attached a lime green glitter ribbon that I got from Michael’s and then attached to the front of the card.
A couple of hints: First, when I want to “wrap” a ribbon around a card front I often find that I can’t get it tight enough. The easy way is to cut a piece of ribbon about 2.5 times the length of the place you want it. Then tie the 2 ends together into a square knot and then cut the loop made in the ribbon in half. Use some glue or a Glue Dot to attach the knot to the place you want it and wrap each long end of the ribbon around the back of the layer and tape down (or stick to the Xyron glue backing. You now have a ribbon that is snug around the layer! I always stick a piece of double sided tape on top of the ends of the ribbon on the back for extra adhesion. Second hint…..To help my wallet I always hit Michael’s after Christmas sale for their ribbon. It’s usually on sale for at least 50% off, but a bit later it usually get even less. I stock up during those sales.
I decided to add the front sentiment in a north-south direction for some interest. Using the Spirited Sentiments stamp set from My Favorite Things I stamped the “Cheers to your Birthday” onto black strips of cardstock using Tsukineko VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I cut the ends into flags and attached to the front using 3M foam tape.
Both the martini and margarita glasses are made in the same way using the Martini Shaker Window and Frame and the Margarita Shaker Window and Frame sets from My Favorite Things. Also used were the coordinating shaker pouches and acrylic ice cubes also from My Favorite Things.
First I cut two each of the martini and margarita frames from white 100# cardstock for a little more strength. I sprayed one each with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle and let dry. I then put 1/8″ Sookwang tape on both side of the flange of the shaker pouches. I removed the paper from the tape on the top side of the flange and placed the sprayed frames over the pouches and pressed into place. I then filled the pouches with several “ice cubes”, lime green sequins and some clear micro beads for “bubbles”. After removing the paper off the adhesive on the back of the pouch I attached a piece of transparency to the back. Not only does this make the shaker easier to work with but it also makes the shaker look more like a glass.
Now for the beverages in the glasses. Originally I was going to use the lime colored YG23 Copic marker to color in an area for the beverage. However after I tried that I found that it wasn’t quite dark enough. So I took a piece of vellum and colored it with the YG23 marker and let it dry. I then attached the vellum to the back using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. Make sure to drop the vellum edge down a bit from the top of the shaker to make it look like the top edge of the beverage. Once the glue is dry trim the vellum around the edge of the shaker pouch. Then attach the second frame to the back aligning all the edges with the front frame. I used Art Expressions glitter glue clear as I find that it does give me a bit of adjustment time, but still sticks quickly. I then put thin strips of 3M foam tape on the back around the edges, down the stem and on the base of the frame and attached it to the front of the card.
I felt it still needed a touch of something else, so I pulled out the My Favorite Things Martini Time stamp and die set. Although they were a bit small I used the olive and lime wedge without the words. I stamped the olive with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Peeled Paint. I then used Copic R46 to color the pimento and Copic E18 for the toothpick. I stamped the lime with Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and darkened the rind with Copic YG23. I cut them out with the matching dies and attached with Glue Dots. I stamped the envelope and insides with stamps from the Spirited Sentiments set.
I really think that my customers are going to love these cards! I live in a 55+ community and they are always looking for something different for their friends. Hope you liked them as well! Make sure to leave a comment and follow my blog to see what’s next.