It’s Sunday! And a delightful, sunny, Spring Sunday at that, around these parts. We’ve had a lovely weekend, with some quality family time and a fun birthday party with some friends. The birthday boy is particularly special to me, as four years ago I photographed his arrival into the world. So the special birthday boy needed a special birthday card (of course!), and luckily this week’s CASE-ing the Catty provided just the right inspiration.
As you should know from the other posts you’ve visited on your way here, this week we are CASE-ing the layouts on page 46 of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue. My inspiration came from the card at top right of this photo. I love the use of the letters from the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies, the subtle texture and pattern of the background, and the two clusters of die cuts at either end of the word.
For my version, I’ve used the Dinoroar Suite, because what better theme is there for a four-year-old boy’s birthday card??
I’ve made the card slightly narrower and longer than standard – the finished card is 6″ x 4″ – because this seemed to fit the design better. I played with several different DSP backgrounds but in the end settled on a layer of Gray Granite cardstock run through the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder. I love how this pattern can look like different things depending on the card. In this case it looks like bumpy dinosaur skin!
There’s actually very little stamping on this card. All the dinosaurs are cut straight from the DSP – I just love being able to do this. I cut a whole sheet worth of dinosaurs. I even cut the ones that are cut off by the design because there are times that you can still use them, in layers or on the edges of a card – like with this pterodactyl. He looks pretty cute flying in from the edge. The tree was stamped and die cut, the trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves in Old Olive and Pretty Peacock.
These two guys filled out the other end of the card and informed the colour choice for the letters (Whisper White and Balmy Blue) and the sentiment banner (Balmy Blue with Gray Granite
Being able to cut an element like the dinosaurs straight from DSP makes card design so quick and easy. I grabbed one of the other little guys from the pile and whipped up this card as well – I really need to add more boy birthday cards to my stash. For this one I just fussy cut a section of hexagons from the See A Silhouette DSP and used them as the background, then popped Mr Dinosaur on a stitched circle.
I love this “You’re RAWR some” sentiment! Always pro-pun, I am. The sentiment stamps in this set are so cute, I used another on the inside of Reuben’s card. Here I am writing in it in the car on the way to the party – tell me I’m not the only one who does this!!!
I think it’s just so much fun to be able to use letter dies to make a custom card for any name and any occasion. Kids in particular love having stuff with their name on it.
Don’t forget to make your own creation, CASED from the layouts on page 46, and share it with us on the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge facebook page.
For more inspiration keep on hopping throughout the rest of the crew, with the fabulous Michelle and her sunny creation up next.
Thanks for stopping by,