Last weekend I found a new challenge blog called Cards in Envy.  I thought the idea of it was pretty smart:  cards made for this challenge must be able to fit easily into a standard envelope, with no big, bulky embellishments.  Since most of the cards I make fall into that category, I thought I’d play along.  This time their challenge is a sketch to follow.  I’d also been throwing different ideas for this week’s Inkspirational color challenge around in my mind for several days.  The idea of kraft and plum didn’t bother me, and kraft and a not-really-navy type of blue didn’t bother me, but the idea of the blue and plum together threw me off.  Finally I decided to combine them all into a birthday card using the Cards in Envy sketch, tweaking it into the usual A2 size.  Here’s the result:

I used Stampin’ Up’s Vintage Violet for my plum color so it would match the ribbon.  The blue brads are a good match to Not Quite Navy, although they appear lighter in the photo.  I had to play around with my Copics a little to find colors to match to the Vintage Violet and Not Quite Navy when colored onto kraft cardstock, since kraft is darker than white.  I did a little masking on the small presents – the actual stamp has a smiley face on it, but I decided not to go with the cutesy look for this card. Although both of the present images come from Christmas-themed stamp sets, I think they work well for year-round use, too.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Just so you know – all comments are read and appreciated.

Stamps: Bows and Holly, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Vintage Violet, Kraft (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals, Vintage Violet stitched ribbon (SU); brads (Making Memories)

15 Responses to “a new inkspirational birthday challenge”

  1. I love this little collection of presents, great masking and fab card for posting. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational.

  2. Absolutely adorable! The masking of your presents is very effective and your colors are beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at Inkspirational!

  3. Love your birthday card! The gift packages are so cute! Works wonderfully with our sketch! Thanks so much for playing at Cards in Envy!
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  4. What a sweet birthday card Patricia, great masking on the gifts and fab use of the colours! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Inkspirational & I really hope to see you playing along with us again soon! Ruth x

  5. Such an adorable card and I love the colors. Thanks for playing at Cards in Envy.

  6. Very nice! Great use of the colors and I love that little cluster of gifts! So glad that you joined us at Inkspirational!
    – Shauna

  7. Patricia, you have made a lovely birthday card with the color combinations. I really like the present collection take on the sketch! I’m so happy you decided to join us at Cards in Envy. I hope you will play along again next week for our next challenge. Great job!

  8. This is just darling! LOVE the use of the images and the fabulous simple sentiment! This is perfectly CAS! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! 🙂

  9. Wow, someone else with a stash of Vintage Violet. Color me impressed. 🙂

  10. Love this take on the sketch – the presents are a good year round feel. Thanks for playing

  11. Hi Patricia! VERY pretty card; love that gift stamp and the colors. I need to check out the Inkspirational challenge. Nice job!

  12. This is a great card! I love the CAS take on the sketch with the fabulous birthday presents and the color combo is wonderful too! It would make a perfect Male Birthday Card! Thanks so much for joining us at Cards In Envy this fortnight! I do hope you will join us again soon!
    Danie xx

  13. Great idea for a birthday card! I love the CAS feel, very well done. Thanks for playing along at Cards In Envy. Tanya 🙂

  14. You did a wonderful job on the presents and I clean and simple cards are my favorite. Thank you for joining us at Cards In Envy! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  15. Really like this card. Love CAS and you did a great job masking the gifts.

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