A Tale of Two Birthday Cards

The twins were invited to two themed birthday parties this weekend. 

Courtney was invited to a girl's party with a Hunger Games theme.  She hasn't read the book and it doesn't interest her — so we went girly with her card and tied it into the gift bag colors.

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I started this card by doing something I had promised myself after I had cleaned up my studio — go to the 'Unfinished Card Parts' drawer in my library bureau.  There I found a card base of Orchid Bouquet, a neon green vellum, a bit of Prima cut up and already stamped floral image.  To this I added the Prima 'Say It In Studs' corner embellishments, a neon duo of flowers and a glass pebble center. On the inside we stamped a fun word search puzzle with a birthday theme by DRS Designs.

The focal point had Xyron-applied adhesive with glitter sprinkled over the top.

Then, to get more 'in theme', I decorated the envelopes with a stencil and Glimmer Mist.  Courtney had been assigned to District 8, and told this was the textile district on her invitation.  So we designed the outside of the card envelope.

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Cameron was invited to a Jurassic Park-themed birthday party.

I asked him if he would like a dinosaur texture to his card and he agreed. 

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So out came the Thin Modeling Paste.  I sponged it on and then applied a texture stamp over the top to get the scales on the skin.

To this I applied Da Vinci Acrylic Paint in Paynes Gray, mixed with Yellow Ochre.  Once this was dry, I put a thin wash coat of Green Gold over the top.  Once dry, I sprayed English Ivy Glimmer Mist to get the irridiscent scales to show up.  Last, I applied Peppermint Stick Glimmer Mist to the bite marks and the splotch. 🙂

Cameron decorated the interior by writing in dribbly script – 'I hope you survive your birthday.'

The spontaneous hug and kiss as well as the 'Awesome!' I got when the card was done is more priceless than I can convey.  It's not often I get that kind of reaction anymore from my 11 year old boy.

So we've had a busy Saturday, including a win for Brianna's soccer team.

Let's see what tomorrow brings!

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