Tuesday 9 February 2016

Birthday coffee

Hi Crafters,

last week-end, a friend celebrated his birthday. He was given a new coffee maker from his family, so we gave him the coffee beans to go with it.

Therefore I wanted a coffee themed birthday card, only I still don't have a coffee stamp set. I don't think I would use it very often if I had one. Well, this time I could have used one, but I made do without.

I started off with the sketch from Seize the Birthday for my inspiration.

Normally, so many elements scare me off, but I liked the double star and the circle reminded me of a shaker card, which in turn made me instantly think of coffee beans to go into it. So I cut out a simple coffee bean stamp from fun foam. I went ahead and stamped quite a few beans on craft card stock, heat embossed them with clear embossing powder and then fuzzy cut them out.

Then I cut the two panels from white card stock and patterned paper and created the shaker element on top of them.The sentiment is from one of my new efco stamp sets. I really like how it looks and how versatile it is. It means something along the lines of "best wishes" and I stamped it in vintage photo distress ink, like the beans. In real life, the colour pretty much matches the patterned paper too, even though it looks different on the photo.

After I tied the twine around my finished panel I decided that the craft card base looked to plain and stamped it more coffee beans. I also used the stamp to embellish the envelope and inside of the card with coffee beans. Unfortunately I once again forgot to take proper pictures before I gave away the card, so I only have the one in bad quality. 

Instead of the two stars I wanted two coffee cups, so I drew a little template on a scrap of paper and cut out both cups from the same patterned paper and adhered it to the shaker and card base.

With the ink and stamps out already, I decided to match up the gift wrapping.

Unfortunately it was for a guy, he didn't even notice, before he tore it of and threw it away. But I liked it, that's good enough. And his wife will probably find the card and keep it for a while, she usually does.

Hope you all have a great time.


Seize the birthday: Sketch


  1. Very inventive card! I love that you made your own coffee bean stamp for our shaker element and background, and then made matching giftwrap! Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

  2. Da will ich ja gleich mal ne Tasse Kaffee!

  3. Du haettest ja auch einfach echte Kaffee Bohnen reinfuellen koennen.... ;)