Here's the stamp set.
And here's the bad card. I stamped a bunch of the sentiments on a card in three different inks to get an ombre look. That was fine. Then I cut them apart so the Happy Birthday message was separate...also fine. The part that seemed to mess things up for me was the sequin part.
I love my bling, as you can tell from my blog title, but this just seems eww. I think if I'd just used thin strips of paper or tape (silver maybe?) on either side of the Happy Birthday that might've worked. But the sequins just didn't. It didn't look right with just a couple sequins, so I added more and that didn't help. What?! In what universe does adding more sequins not make things better?!! You can see the ombre inking here better. I used the Summer Sky, Navy and Deep Ocean Hero Arts inks.
Luckily, I was stamping my little heart out, so I ended up with a couple of cards that did work. Whew!
Here's one, using the sentiment stamps and white Unicorn Ink from Hero Arts. I stamped the Happy work on the background just once, so it would fade a little into the cardstock and then stamped it three times on the black so it would stand out more. I think this one would be a good masculine card, and those can be tricky, depending on your recipient.
The other two cards will be up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog Tuesday and Wednesday if you wanna peek at them. They would work for men or women too.
Have a fab weekend, friends! I'll be celebrating my last birthday in my 40s!! Ack, when did that happen?!