This Audrey Hepburn inspired glam style birthday card is for a young lady turning 18. Remember that age? Wanting to be so glamorous and feeling all grown up (now in my mid forties I feel like a kid and have so much to learn–LOL)?

20160817_091133I used the “Uptown Girl Audrey Loves Makeup” Stamping Bella stamp and colored her up with the following Copics:
Skin: E50, 51, 53 plus R20 for blush and B000 for eye shadow
Hair: E55, 57
Little black dress (LBD) and shoes: C0, 2, 4, 6, 8
Red purse (which I “quilted” by doodling on light dashes in a diamond pattern) and bows in hat: R14, 17, and 37
Clear Wink of Stella to add just a bit of shimmer to her purse and the left side of dress

I fussy cut her out (this was a labor of love since these Stamping Bella images are so thin and delicate) and popped her up on double sided foam adhesive to be framed by a beautiful quilted border background that I created using a Crafter’s Companion die called “Friend.” I used the die to emboss some white card stock and then fussy cut out the center area to eliminate the Friend word. The key to embossing with dies is to use a silicone rubber pad and an impression pad rather than normal cutting plates (if you’re interested in the exact sandwich, I share it in my video linked below).

Then I blended on some Hickory Smoke Tim Holtz Distress Ink to highlight all the beautiful embossing. It seemed almost like magic to me that the kind of country trellis die could be transformed to look more like the quilting on a Channel bag by using it to emboss rather than die cut! After adding some Cranberry Stickles around the border of the frame to add some sparkle (because, really, what 18 year old doesn’t want a little glitter on a birthday card?), the card was done!

The following is a video share, including a mini tutorial for how to emboss with dies:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Make for the Border Challenge
Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Make Your Mark Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Camp Create Divine Dry Embossing Challenge

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