Double the happiness!

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Hello dear people! Nice of you to drop by my blog!

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So, what is better than one card? Two cards! In this blog post, I will show you one way how I made two cards with one background paper. My cards took about three hours to make all two, but it would be less time if you made something simpler (or with less embellishments….)

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Getting my materials ready as usual.

I first started by choosing a very pretty handmade patterned paper. I have a pack of this paper that I bought a long time ago, so I have no idea from where. Anyway, I cut out the word “HAPPY” with a die.

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Glad Press’n Seal on it.

Afterwards, I stuck a piece of Glad Press’n Seal on the back. As far as I know, this is not available in Europe, so I had family from America bring me a box when they came to visit.

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The red circles shows the bits of paper I would have lost if not for the Press’n Seal holding onto them.

The reason for the Press’n Seal is so that I do not lose all the little pieces in the next step, which is cutting the background through the middle of “HAPPY”.  In the end I ended up not using the small piece of paper. If you do not have Press’n Seal, a thick washi tape or masking paper does the same thing.

For the first card, I stuck the top part of the handmade background paper onto the top part of the folded dark blue card. I then stamped “HAPPY” with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Embossing powder – Princess gold.  This gold color matches with the gold color on the paper.

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Using Press’n Seal to hold onto the fine die cuts make adding Glossy Accents a lot easier!

Afterwards, I cut out “birthday” three times: two from dark blue card stock, and one from a turquoise handmade paper. I stacked the word together with the turquoise on top, used a bit of Wink of Stella – Clear, and topped it off with Ranger Glossy Accents.  The last step was gluing the sequins with Glossy Accents. There are 4 different sequin colors, two from Craft Sensations and the other two from TEDi.

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Coloring on dark paper is always so magical!

For the second card, I stuck the bottom part of the handmade background paper onto the bottom part of the folded dark blue card, stamped “HAPPY” with VersaMark ink, and heat embossed with Ranger Embossing powder – Princess gold. Next, I stamped a large flower with Memento – Tuxedo black onto dark blue card stock, colored the flower in with colored pencils, stamped the flower again with VersaMark, and heat embossed with the same gold embossing powder. I cut the flower out with the matching die, and stuck the flower onto the card with double-sided foam tape. Finally, I added clear rhinestones onto the card.

Tip! Embossing after coloring (with colored pencils) make the image a lot nicer looking.

The second card is not really finished. I left it “open” because it can be many different types of cards: Happy birthday, Happy anniversary, Happy Mother’s say, etc. I can finish the card later when I need a certain type of card.

Tip! you don’t have to finish cards all the time. With an “open” card, you can finish it quickly when you need a card, but don’t have a lot of time to make something from scratch.

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So, what do you think of 2 for 1 background cards? I think they are a really nice way to save time and waste less paper.

Which of the two card do you like most?

Thanks for your time reading my blog. Until next time, create happiness today!

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