A Pink Party!

Woohoo! Can you believe Spellbinders is celebrating their 20th birthday? And guess what? They’re offering us special deals to honor the occasion! Now through June 19, 2022, they’ll take $20 off orders of $100 or more (don’t forget you get free shipping in the US when your order goes over $75 too). Plus, they’re offering a bonus deal of $20 off select Platinum 6 and Glimmer Hot Foil machines! Head on over to their site for details.

I’m a big fan of Spellbinders and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to celebrate their birthday with a pair of pretty pink cards. One even lights up! (You know I had to light up those candles.) Here’s a look at both cards in action…

It’s hard to capture the beauty of foiled cardstock in photos, but I’m telling you, these are really pretty in person! Would you like to see how they came together? Grab your supplies and meet me in the craft room…

Alright, let’s start with the light-up Stitched Fringe Cake! The first thing you’ll want to do is to cut your pieces. I cut three sets of the cake layers, several cake stands, candles, flames, party decor dots, as well as the sentiments from white cardstock. Then, I cut another cake stand, set of candles, party decor streamers and the sentiments again from gold cardstock. Using Copic markers, I colored the cake layers in shades of pink to create an ombre effect. I colored the dots in the same shades of pink, and colored the candle flames as well. You can see the colors I used below…

It’s hard to tell from the photos above, but the cake stand, sentiment, and candles are stacked up with the white cardstock layers underneath to create thicker embellishments. The cake layers were stitched together, and then I ruffled the fringe layers on top for added dimension. You can see in the photos below how the three pieces stack together for each layer. Stack the fringe piece on top of the center piece and stitch them together. Use tape to secure the floss. Then, glue the stitched pieces to the solid piece so you can’t see through the holes…

Once you have all of your pieces cut, colored, and layered up, it’s time to adhere them to the card front. I chose to make mini-slimline cards, so my card fronts measure 3″ x 6″ (to fit on 3ΒΌ” x 6ΒΌ” card bases). I splattered gold ink on the panel, and heat embossed the word PRESS near the bottom so I’d know where to put the button for my lights. After gluing the cake pieces and banners in place, I poked holes through the candle flames for my lights to shine through. Then, I slipped a battery into my EZ-Light and made sure the lights were ready. To get the lights in place, I flipped the panel over, lined each light up behind one of the holes, and taped them in place. I taped the battery unit in place as well, making sure to line the button up under the word PRESS. Double Thick Foam Tape around the panel was added to pop it up and account for the thickness of the battery.

After I adhered the panel onto the card base, I tested to make sure everything was working. Notice that only the base of the candles light up, not the entire flame? That’s because the LEDs are pushed right up to the surface. I did that on purpose, so I could glue Candle Flame Gems on top and make them glow.

See the difference in the finished card? I love the effect! Plus, the gems make the flames look really neat, even when they aren’t lit up.

Now let’s take a look at the Balloon Dog card. Inspired by Jeff Koons’ sculptures, I wanted to create the dog from mirrored cardstock to mimic his colorful stainless steal dogs. Like the cake card, the first step is to die cut your pieces. Again, I cut multiple layers from white cardstock, and the top layers from magenta foiled cardstock. After layering up the pieces and gluing them together, I added shading with coordinating Copic markers. Before adhering the dog and sentiment to the card front, I blended pink ink in the corner and splattered gold across the panel.

Thin foam tape pops the card front up from the base, and a little more foam pops the dog up. A few gold gems finish the card. What do you think?

I really love these cards, and I’m so glad I get to help Spellbinders celebrate 20 fabulous years. Here’s to 20 more! I hope I’ve inspired you to give these pretty pink cards a try. Even my rabbits think they are sweet. In fact, Honey couldn’t resist nibbling the corner of one when I wasn’t looking (she’s a crazy bunny, but I love her)…

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be back soon with more fun cards to share. And my good friend, Cassie Trask, will be joining us on the blog tomorrow with a really pretty new card. See you then!

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