It is time to search through your brads and eyelete collection, yes all those wonderful little pieces you just had to have 8 to 10 years ago . . . and find the perfect embellishment for your Retro Rubber creation for our new challenge.
I did just that and found this ancient history layered flower brads (a little worn around the edges) and the sweet butterfly brad. I can always use a few Birthday Cards in the stash so I was off and running to create something to highlight these fun brads with Retro Stamps.
I used the Fiskars Layer Away Variety stamps (around 8 years in my stash) for the dotted circles, and stamped them in Memento Cottage Ivy and Sweet Plum. Next I die cut the center circle from the card. Couldn’t resist a little texture, so I used Lifestyle Crafts Blooms embossing folder to pressure emboss just the front of the card. Sonlight’s “Happy Birthday” is probably the first unmounted stamp I bought back in 1997 at the Labor Day Stamp Convention in Portland, Oregon. So it is almost 20 years old! It is stamped in Memento Luxe Elderberry and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on the inside of the card.
The flower brads were a little shop-worn so I gave them a little love with my Chameleon pens in VO2 Mauve, VO4 Deep Violet, and GR2 Dark Sage. The butterfly brad was silver, but with Dark Sage and Deep Violet pens a little color was added to spice it up to match the card. After placing the brads I realized the front of the card needed to be stabilized a little to support the weight of the brads and compensate for the pressure embossing. A piece of violet cardstock trimmed to fit inside the card and the center circle was die cut to allow the sentiment to show through then adhered into place.
I had one more embellishment I found in the search of my stash, a butterfly paperclip. A strip of paper ribbon is slipped through the clip and adhered into place to add a final touch to the inside of the card.
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