A Dark Birthday

A Dark Birthday
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I have a friend in Texas who is a huge fan of the musical artist Morrissey, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Psychedelic Furs and more. Last year I made her a fun birthday card with bright colors (check out her Morrissey card) and this year I went the other way and used dark shades of grey and black. I don’t know if this card would fit in the steam punk style category, but I love the gears which are a motif seen in that steam punk style.

Using beautiful paper from the DCWV Tattered Time mat stack and some black paper I stamped and embossed, I created this birthday card.


I love the look of cards with stitching by hand or sewing machine, so I hand stitched this card. I also stamped a crown and embossed it with black embossing powder. I love how embossing powder turns shiny when heated, so I inked the edges of the card and sprinkled embossing powder on them before heating up the card with my heating tool.

I wrote “happy birthday” with a silver pen that didn’t show up very well, and added a floral embellishment (a fancy brad). How do I mail dimensional cards like this? I save cardboard from popcorn boxes, frozen pizza and craft supplies and then cut them down to the envelope size ad slip them over the front of the card. This protects the card and makes it easier for the post office to mail. I typically pay 64 cents to mail a card like this.


The songs that came to mind as I made this card were “It’s No Good” by Depeche Mode, “The Queen is Dead” by The Smiths and “A Question of Time” by Depeche Mode.

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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