Ombre Glitter Stripes (Birthday Card Tutorial)
Pretty pink and girly birthday cards are something that’s often needed here, with plenty of invites for my daughter to attend her friend’s birthday parties. So I cam up with this design with Ombre Glitter Stripes:
Here’s how to put one together…
Collect a white card blank (with a piece of patterned paper and a piece of white card to layer onto it), a birthday stamp (and ink to stamp it), glitter in a range of hues for an ombre effect (plus some double-sided tape to adhere it to the card), and embellishments (eg a flower and some gems):
Step 1: Stamp your birthday sentiment onto the piece of white card, but don’t stick it onto the patterned paper or card blank yet. Make sure you use the right ink with the right kind of white card… later on you’ll see that I smudged my sentiment because the ink never dried on my coated card. But it looked good to start with:
Step 2: Move the white piece of card onto a scrap of paper and stick it vertically down the left hand side of your card. Adhere too much so you have some at the edges – you will then trim the overhanging pieces off but this makes sure your glitter will go right up to the top and bottom of the white card:
Step 3: Trim off the overhanging pieces of tape, peel off the tape backing, and tip your first (darkest) colour of glitter onto the tape. Use a finger to press the glitter down so it’s stuck on nicely:
Step 4: Tip off the excess glitter and put it back into the pot. It should now look like this:
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 with your other colours of glitter. Work from darkest – lightest. In the photos two of my colours look like they are almost the same, or maybe that I did a darker one after a lighter one, but I promise in real life it looks right! When all your glitter is done you can adhere the white card piece to the patterned paper and layer it on to your card blank:
At this point I realised my sentiment had smudged. Actually I’d smudged a couple during the process already but I thought I wasn’t leaving it long enough – I left this one to dry for 3 hours and it still smudged:
I was using Avery Elle ‘Fog’ pigment ink and I realised the white card I had used was too shiny / coated so the pigment ink would never dry properly. I stamped it onto a piece of more porous white paper – actually the back off a scrap of patterned paper. This dried almost instantly, and I was able to stick it onto the card using pop-dots:
Step 6: Add your embellishments – I used a flower and some gems:
That’s it! Now you can send it to someone who appreciated the pink & sparkly things in life. You can always change the glitter colours for other occasions / recipients – I’m going to try it with rainbow colours next. What colours would you use?
I’m linking this up to the Seize The Birthday Challenge, I’m not sure if the stripes count as ‘tall & skinny’ optional toppings but I’m entering anyway!
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you are having a sparkly day!