Happy Wednesday! Let’s celebrate making it halfway through the week with a super cute stamp and die set from Concord and 9th, Birthday Stacks!
This set is a super fun and innovative take on Birthday classics, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! This set features large images and dies that cut out the borders of the images. They also cut out a frame or surround for the images. It’s the perfect set for making keepsake cards.
Here, let me show you a keepsake card.
These are hard to photograph due to the dimension. The pictures I took in direct sunlight have shadows all over. These cards are dimensional, with three layers. They fold flat to mail, and pop up when removed from the envelope. This card is standing on its own!
On my first card I used the balloon stamp and the present stamp. I also used the celebrate die for the middle layer.
You have the option of coloring in the images, or using the solid stamps in the set to all color. For my first card, I used the solid stamp (Altenew’s Shades of Purple, and a couple of Hero Arts cubes). It’s super easy to line up the solid image with the outlines.
I did color in the dots on the balloon with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. Oh, and I stamped the outline images with Altenew’s Jet Black ink first.
I’m not going to get into the details of assembling the card, mainly because I forgot to take pictures as I was putting it together, but also because Concord and 9th has an awesome video on their website that takes you through the process. It’s super easy if you follow the video here! So easy, I made 2 cards!
For this card, I stamped the images with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, so that I could color with Copic markers. I colored most of the candles, but I did fill in a few with the solid stamp. I also colored all the flames, even though there is a solid stamp. I used the solid stamp for all of the balloons too (all Altenew inks).
I did get some shots of the different layers, so you can see the dimension.
If you follow the instructions from the Concord and 9th video, the cards will fit in a A2 envelope with no issues. Here is my assistant, Savy, to demonstrate.
I would like to stress following the video’s instructions carefully as I did not, and my first card was 1/2 inch too tall (I wrote the dimensions down wrong…). Thankfully I was able to make an envelope to fit it!
Please don’t think that you are stuck with keepsake cards if you buy this set! You can very easily make flat cards, by trimming off the tabs on the sides of the die cuts. Then you can layer the images or make a one layer card. I have so many ideas and I promise to share another post with them all.
Thanks for stopping by!