Thursday, May 25, 2023

Make This Festive Happy Birthday Cactus Card Using Stampin' Up!s Taco Fiesta Stamp Set! Ole'!

Even though we are nearing the end of May, it is always a good time to be festive with your cardmaking. Give this card layout a try. You'll want to have some chips and salsa when you finish it!

I was inspired by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kathy Clark's idea, but I changed up the layering technique under the cacti in the center of the card front using the Basic Border Dies.

The Birthday greeting below is from one of my previous Paper Pumpkin stamp sets, but you can use any Happy Birthday stamp you have.

Below you can see how the zig-zag strips are layered one on top of the other. Start in the middle with a different pattern of Designer Series Paper (polka dot) and adhere that down. After you die cut out all your zig-zag strips, only apply adhesive to the straight edge bottom of each strip.

Place your "red" strips 1/8" away from the top and bottom of the "turquoise" layer. Then the process is to slide the next "purple" strips under the red layer aligning with the left and right-side margins. Repeat for the "lime" strips.

The center cacti tag has the shown images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then color with assorted Stampin' Write Markers. Using a 1/8" hole punch, punch two holes next to each other in the upper left area of the Basic White Circle. Cut three 8" strips of the 1/8" Metallic ribbon. Fold each ribbon piece in half and thread folded middle through the punched hole and loop the two loose ends through the loop and pull snug. Repeat with the other two pieces. Then adhere the larger red circle to the Basic White circle and raise the two layer tag up on dimensionals.

Taco Fiesta Stamp Set #160732  $19.00 USD

Supplies Used:

Parakeet Party cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Tahitian Tide cardstock 4" x 5-1/4"
Sweet Sorbet cardstock
Basic White cardstock
22-24 InColor DSP 6x6 in Sweet Sorbet cut two strips 2" x 3 3/4", Parakeet Party and Orchid Oasis cut two strips 1 1/2" by 3 3/4" (retired)
Sweet Sorbet Dots 1 1/4" x 3 3/4"
Basic Border Dies for zig-zag edge feature
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink 
22-24 InColor Stampin' Write Markers
Stylish Shapes Dies (retired) for circles
Parakeet Party metallic woven ribbon
Tahitian Tide metallic woven ribbon
1/8" hole punch
22-24 InColor Matte Decorative Dots
Plus your usual stamping tools - paper trimmer, paper snips, stampin' seal adhesive

Have fun experimenting with all the possibilities of this stamp set. You are going to love it. Because it is a photopolymer stamp set you can see where you are stamping, and it makes the process so much easier. 

Be sure to order this stamp set, cardstock, and ribbon from my online store here.

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