Hi there, friends! Did you know that September is the busiest birth month in the United States? Specifically, September 9th is the most popular day for singing that very first Happy Birthday tune (Time). Worldwide the busiest month varies year to year, but it generally falls within July, August or September. Given that, I’m a thinkin’ I best get crackin’ on a few birthday cards and tags!
Sometimes a tag is the perfect accompaniment to that special gift. Today, I’ve got two for you!
Create tags by first piecing together 3/8″ black and white stripes on a roughly 6″ x 6″ cardstock base panel of your color choice (I used Azalea). The width of the strips only needs to be as long as the base panel. Extra length is fine, no need to be overly precise here. Adhere strips in place with Precision Glue for a little wiggle room or dry tape adhesive.
Die cut both tags, at the same time, through the striped layer and base as they are adhered together. They die cut just fine through the Gemini brand machine I use. Some die cutting machines may need a shim in order to get through the extra layer of paper or piece strips onto an already cut tag, then flip to back to trim excess length of strips.
Stamp the Color Layering Birthday Cake in Soft Vanilla for the cake itself and any very light shade of ink for the frosting. It will only be used as a guildline. I used Soft Yellow. Die cut and trim off candle flush. Then coat frosting with Crystal Clear Lacquer. Layer on White Puff Embossing powder while lacquer is wet and immediately heat with an embossing heat tool. The combo will puff and create a frosting like appearance. Add a second layer of lacquer and embossing powder to outer edge of slice for additional dimension.
Poke candle, stamped in Rose Madder, Butter Bar and Soft Cantaloupe into still warm lacquer. Add a drop of glue midway up the back of the candle for security. Adhere slice over Paradise circle, pop on a white detail embossed sentiment and a music note.
Happy crafting and I’ll see you soon!
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