My guess is that this is done in many offices and places of work, on your Birthday you treat your colleagues to cakes. This happened in every place I worked over the years (sometimes with a lunchtime trip to the pub thrown in) and we often used to refer to Birthdays as Cake Days :)
So, when I spotted a stamp set - with a 'happy cake day' selection of words, I just had to buy it to use for some ex-colleagues when their birthdays come round. The set also has an adorable doggie in, which looks very much like a Bichon Frise, and that was another driver for the purchase, see, I convinced myself it just was calling to me!
This is the first outing for the NBUS stamp and matching die sets:
- A6 white card blank, tent style
- slightly smaller piece of white card stock, with a snippet of striped paper added to the top and bottom edges (from the Pink Petticoat 'Vintage Rose Collection')
- the cake, cake stand plus striped candle were stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from The Stamps of Life 'Birthday4Cookie' set - then coloured with Pro Markers
- to die cut the images (using the set of dies to match the stamps) I first grabbed some waste card and die cut 'templates'. These could then be gently and temporarily stuck over the coloured images to act as a guide for the dies. Then the dies could be added by gently wiggling them into place before cutting - it all helps to take the guesswork out of positioning the dies over the images :)
- stuck the cake and stand in place on the card front and then stamped 'happy cake day' using word stamps from the set and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink
- added a tickle of clear Wink of Stella to the cake icing/frosting and the filling - plus Glossy Accents on the plate part of the cake stand
- three sequins to finish off
I added a little bit of light grey shadow underneath the cake stand legs after I'd taken the photo - just to take away the impression that it was levitating or even just hovering like a lunar landing module :)
I do love the stamps and dies over at The Stamps of Life, happily they were posted to me from the USA as a letter so no duty to pay either.
Watched Part One of the Great British Bake-Off the day before making this card - and the whole time I couldn't stop thinking about the poor lady (Dorret) whose Black Forest Gateau literally cascaded into one huge sloppy mess after she'd tried really hard to salvage it. They did say it tasted good and was so pleased the judges kept her for the next round as her other bakes had been great.