mail it monday - one of a kind ink blended birthday card

mail it monday - one of a kind ink blended birthday card

happy monday friends! i hope your week is off to a marvelous start!

i'm super jazzed to share one of the cards that i made + mailed last week with you. sunday was my niece's 18th birthday [how?!] and i wanted to make her a card that was fun and colorful without being super kid-ish. 

i pulled out a handful of my distress inks including squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, wilted violet and salty ocean to blend from one color to the next. once the blend was the way that i wanted it, i lightly spritzed it with some water and then dabbed away the excess. i love the marks it left behind!

A flat-lay photo of the clean and simple birthday card I handmade for my niece's 18th birthday. A white panel on a black card base is stamped with a trio of patterned candles next to the die-cut numbers 18. A strip of glittery silver cardstock creates a baseline between the candles/numbers and the ink blended portion of the panel. Several colors of distress ink including orange, pink, purple and blue have been blended together creating a rainbow of color.

above the blended portion of the white panel, i added in a narrow, thin strip of glittery silver cardstock. this is my favorite cardstock that doesn't shed glitter anywhere! it's smooth and so glitzy!

using some stamps from papertrey ink, i added in three candles with black ink to make them stand out on the white background. i purposely stamped them on angles as i didn't want them all to be the same. i die-cut the numbers 1 & 8 to create 18 near the right side of the card panel. 

on the inside of the card i added in a white panel that matched the front of the card. i used black ink to stamp "happy birthday" near the top middle and i wrote my message [not shown] to my niece below it. i also added another thin strip of the glittery silver goodness to the bottom of the white panel where it meets the black card base. 

on the inside of this handmade birthday card, i matched the front by adding a white panel so i could write my message to my niece. i stamped "happy birthday" near the top middle of the panel, using black ink. at the bottom of the white panel i added another thin strip of the glittery silver cardstock to coordinate with the design on the front.

as an added fun element i tucked in 18 instant lottery tickets for her to scratch off and hopefully win! my momma did the same thing for me when i turned 18 and i thought it would be a fun little tradition!

when getting ready to mail the card, i decided to use a black envelope! i pulled out a white gel pen to address it and i selected postage stamps that coordinated with the card design. this is one of my favorite things to do when i'm sending mail and i can never get enough different designs of postage stamps! if you haven't checked out what's available from the usps, do it now! so many cool options, especially for the upcoming holidays! i tend to order pretty frequently and they always arrive quickly. 

the corner of the black envelope with the usps postage stamps i selected. i chose john lennon stamps merely because they come in a variety of colors and i liked the way that they orange-pink-purple played off of the blending on the front of my handmade card.

i thought that these colors on the john lennon stamps blended so well and they reminded me of the front panel of the card that i created. 

to make one more detail stand out, i cut another piece of the silver glittery cardstock to use as a envelope seal. i applied some super strong adhesive and covered the flap on the back. just one more fun little detail to coordinate with the card on the inside. 

the back of the black envelope encasing the handmade birthday card for my niece. i used a strip of the glittery silver cardstock as a label or tape to cover the flap of the envelope and keep it sealed tight. it also plays off of the designs on the front and inside of the card with the matching glitter element.

i hope that my niece not only had an amazing day celebrating, but that she got the card and loved it as much as i enjoyed making it. it's so hard for me to believe she's already 18 - i remember the night she was born like it was yesterday. crazy how time flies! she's turned into an amazing human and i know she's going to do incredible things. love that girl. 

i've got a bunch more mail headed out the door this week and i am looking forward to sharing those details with you next monday. if you need a few fun reasons to send more mail, check out these unconventional holidays coming up:

october 20 - national pharmacy technician day

october 21 - national pumpkin cheesecake day [okay, yum!]

october 22 - national color day [yasssssss! i love this!]

october 23 - ipod day - maybe share your favorite playlist with a friend?

october 24 - national make a difference day [yasssssss again! make the world better just by sending more mail!]

october 25 - national mother in law day

october 26 - national day of the deployed [what a great day to say thank you to someone serving our country!]

october 27 - national american beer day [i'll raise a glass to that!]

october 28 - national first responders day [these would be a great card to send out!]

october 29 - national cat day

october 30 - national breadstick day [what a fun day to celebrate!]

october 31 - halloween [these cards would be great to mail!] as well as national knock knock joke day [send someone a laugh - we could all use it!]

i'll be back later with today's result of the inspiration wheel for day number 27 of #the100dayproject


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