Clean & Simple Birthday!

55835926_10156068452236156_7772468991196397568_nThis card is for the A Blog Named Hero Clean and Simple Challenge. A huge slice of birthday cake for Hero Arts 45th Anniversary!  Hero Arts started making stamps in 1974 and is still going strong today.

Did you know that all of Hero Arts stamps are made at their factory in California and that the company has put many green practices in place?  All of that, and great stamps!ABNH_CASBDAY


For my post today I wanted to wish them a Happy Birthday/Anniversary with this modification of the layering cake stamp set inspired by some of those amazing rainbow cakes we all see on Instagram. I used the Color Layering Birthday set and the Snarky Mix and Match Messages for the Sentiment.  I really like the bold simple font and it has some funny second lines that go with it. To start the design I stamped it out on scrap paper to see if I would be able to realistically layer all the rainbow colors.

Then I took an 8.5×11 piece of Dove white and  Pebble Hero Arts Cardstock and cut off 4 inches so that when I folded it in half it would be 3.5 inches wide by 8.5 tall, your scrap can be a card layer for another card.


I inked up the cake portion of the stamp two colors at a time with my mini-ink cubes from MMH kits, so red on the bottom portion and orange on the top, then the next two colors and the next, stamping two by two all the way to the top. You can use any inks you have in ROYBGIV ( red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) order. I wanted 8 layers so have two purples.

I then used Versamark to add the white embossing powder to the frosting area and heat set it till it was smooth for the lower layers I used my Versamark pen to draw in the rest of the frosting lines between the colors and on the side of the cake. Then fussy cut it out after stamping the candle on top.


I wanted a clean look with the cake really emphasizing the tall card so used the Happy Birthday and gold embossed that and the sparkles behind the candle directly on the card base. I gold heat embossed the candle too but afterward made it three dimensional with some liquid pearls in gold and orange. I added the cake with some foam behind it and added a soft Copic shadow underneath it.

I love that you can make all your favorite flavors of cake and frosting and don’t have to stop at just two layers with this set. If you have any questions just ask. Supplies listed below as usual.  Enjoy!


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