I loved to do themed birthday parties for my family when I was younger - LOL! OK, I still love to do them, but I just don't seem to have the same amount of time as I once did. For Maddi's 5th birthday party we did an elaborate Alice in Wonderland themed party in which Maddi wore a special Alice in Wonderland dress I had sewed. I dressed up as the White Rabbit, my DH was the Mad Hatter and other friends took on the role of the other characters in this fun tale. I painted large props with characters and scenery for games and created loads of beautiful colored tissue paper flowers. Our back yard was quite the Wonderland.
When Graphic 45 released this line of papers I knew immediately that I would have to do something birthday oriented. It was shortly after, that I saw Karen Lockhart's latest release and knew that the Pumpkin Cupcake was THE perfect fit.
I felt that this card needed a "hole" to represent Alice falling down the rabbit hole. I am so literal - LOL! I don't know where these goofy ideas come from, but they do and so I just need to run with them.
I first applied the black rabbit paper, then a strip of adhesive, next the striped paper and last another strip of adhesive. Next I cut the circle out using a Nestability.
Black ultrafine glitter was applied to the adhesive strip and burnished in place using the burnished velvet technique. I am absolutely loving the touch of elegance this glitter gives my creations!
Humor makes me happy and I am always trying to come up with little quips and so I created my custom saying using a font called Harrington in Office Word. I punched out the sentiments with my tag dies and distressed with Antique Linen.
Rather than using a letter in the Tim Holtz Type Charms I simply punched out one of the fun embellishments on the Hallowe'en in Wonderland Tags sheet. We carry the 1/2" circle punch specifically for this purpose. A girl can never have enough options for those little charms. :-D
I sewed the last of my tags to the Jabberwocky paper and closed my card to place the Pumpkin Cupcake perfectly in the center of the hole. It was shortly after placing the cupcake that I realized I could have and perhaps should have created a little "flame" to place atop the cupcake.
One little tip that I would like to share in creating this cupcakes coloring to coordinate with the Graphic 45 papers is to color your image with your true bright Copic markers and then once you have the look completed color over the surface of the entire pumpkin with a W2 marker. This helps to bring down the brightness of the colors and allows the colors to blend more accurately with the colors in the papers. Always remember that you can alter your Copic colors with your neutrals!
If you have a fall birthday you might specifically want to be late in sending out a birthday card :-D Never pass up a good reason to be a little late - your birthday recipient will be tickled to receive something on the day that it is not their birthday just to extend the days of well wishes. Or use a similar idea as an invitation to a last minute Halloween party. There are loads of options and with the popularity of Cupcakes and Alice in Wonderland you just can't miss :-D
stamps: Lockhart Stamp Company Pumpkin Cupcake