Monday, July 12, 2010

Cake On Fire

I didn't realize it had been over a week since I had entered a blog post.  I guess summer is in full swing at our house, and all the activities have cut into my stamping time.  That's ok, though, I wouldn't want it any other way!

My husband's step-grandmother is turning 90 in a few days, and I wanted to make a funny 'old' card for her.  I have made a couple of these in the past, and they are really fun for those 'landmark' birthdays.  I got my idea from jpardoe's card on SCS seen here.

I changed mine up a bit by making my cake out of punches and white applique, since I don't have a really good cake stamp that doesn't scream wedding!

You can use your punch to make any size shape with rounded ends.  Cut a strip of paper as wide as your punch minus just a hair so it will fit into the back side of the punch like this.

Once the paper is in the slot, punch it out, and you will have one rounded end.  If you want both ends rounded, stick the other end in in the same manner, making the shape as large or small as you want, and punch again.  If your shape is going to be on the small side, you can always use temporary adhesive to attach a strip of scrap paper to your cardstock layer so it is easier to handle getting it into the punch.  I didn't have to do that for this size cake.

Here is a close up of the charred card.  I sponged more mustard and chocolate chip before and after distressing the corners.  It really looks like burned paper.

The inside sums it all up.

A few tips if you 'char' your edges.  Make sure the ink is dry before you do any more distressing, or just make sure you don't touch your card with your inky fingers.  Lots of smudges can happen during this step.

This is the back of my card.  Oops!  All the smudges are from microscopic (yes, I need reading glasses) pieces of sponge that came off during my frantic sponge distressing.  I didn't notice them on my work space, and the effects can be seen all over the back of my card.  Hopefully her 90 year old eyes aren't much better than mine and she won't notice it.  So make sure your work space is clean after you 'char' your card!

Supplies used:
Stamps - roughing it, GKD you know you're old when...
Paper - GKD PL white, brushed silver, cool caribbean, yoyo yellow
Ink - Memento black, real red, more mustard, choc chip
Accessories - small and large oval punches, liquid applique, heat tool, sponges

I am hopeful I will be able to post again before the week is done.  Have a great summer day and thanks for stopping by!



Lisa Lara said...

I love it when you make this card K. Your siggie. Love it.

Susan Raihala said...

LOL! I love it! And I really thought you'd burned it, the sponging is that convincing!

barbsmith2536 said...

What a hoot! I've actually had several of these card burning events myself.

Barb from Toronto, Canada