Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy 60th Birthday card

I am entering this card into the Creative Card Crew Challenge Vintage / Aged and also the Allsorts Challenge which is to use NO designer paper.
My friend Peggy asked me to make a special card for her friend Anita who is celebrating her 60th Birthday on Saturday.  They both love playing the piano so she asked me to do a piano pop up card.  I thought something vintage would be fun.  I am not very tech savvy so I am proud of some new techniques I learned this weekend.  I cropped and erased the images that went with this piano in Paint, which I am just now learning.  When I printed my image I accidentally chose to print it with the black ink cartridge only, thinking that would make the piano nice and dark.  Instead, it produced a shadow image which I thought would look great when I printed the sheet music over it.  I think that's my favorite part of this card! 
I used Stampin Up Big Shot Texturz Plate Perfect Details along with Liquid Pearls on the pink card stock.  For the blue I used
Stampin Up Big Shot Texturz Plate Backgrounds #1 and
Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tea Dye all throughout the card.  The image on the front and inside are from 864 Humorous Cuts from the 20's and 30's, selected and arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton, a book I purchased from Dover Publications. I erased the words in the image and added the Birthday greeting then framed it with Flower Soft.  I cut my shapes with Spellbinders Labels 8 Nestabilities.  I used We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper 1/4" & 1/2" to round the corners.  This worked wonderful for getting through all those layers of card stock.  I colored my images with my lone Copic skin tone marker and Prismacolor pencils.  I added a little Studio G glitter glue to the floral dress and the piano keys.  I sprayed the piano and bench with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Wheatfields for some glisten and I also used Stampin Up Crystal Effects to give the piano that high gloss finish and some dimensionality.  I found the free sheet music to Happy Birthday at and added some ribbon under the music.  I hope Peggy and Anita both enjoy this.  Thanks for looking, ~Diane


  1. ooooo Diane, this card is beautiful & so refined looking! Great job with all the techy stuff & I like the embossing on the front with all those pearls! I am sure your friend is going to love it!

  2. WOW! This is so amazing, esp when you open it up! What a beautiful card w/ a vintage feel. Great work!

  3. Diane, cool card and love you new blog decor. Hugs

  4. Diane! This card is absolutely MARVELOUS! I love the embossing on the front with those cute silver dots or are they pearls? Either way, they work well with that gorgeous vintage image! The blue Top Note die that you embossed - even cooler, girl! YOU RULE! The inside - wow, another card in and of itself! You did magnificently on this - I love that pop out piano - looks so hard! The music sheet and watermark piano is absolutely perfect - oh, this is amazing! ;)

  5. Wow i have never seen a pop up piano card before! Very creative and original, love the extra details, she will be over the moon when she receives this card.

    thank you so much for joining us this week for a creative card crew challenge, good luck
    love emma xxx

  6. WOW, Diane -- this is AWESOME!!! A lot of work for a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S result. Your friend and her friend will be thrilled with this creative piece! I have the WeRMemoryKeepers corner chomper & LOVE it too!

  7. This is just over the top stunning! I love your creativity - the embossing - and that piano is gorgeous!


  8. What a gorgeous card! Love the pop up piano and other details inside!

  9. Gorgeous card - love the pop-up inside and your attention to detail is fabulous.
    Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.
    Take care
    Debs xx

  10. WOWZA, this is beautiful and what a fabulous vintage image!!
    I'm so glad you came to play with us at Creative Card Crew!
    Blessings, Maria

  11. Wow, fabulous pop up card, and I love how you personalized it on the front!!


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