For my first card, I started by adhering the strip of Plaid Tidings towards the bottom of my card front leaving about a half inch or so of space towards the bottom. Then, I adhered the two pieces of Pretty Peacock cardstock that I had embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder to the card front using Black Stampin' Dimensionals and leaving a gap so that the Plaid Tidings DSP shows through. I carefully adhered the die-cut letters over the gap by adding a little multipurpose liquid glue to the top and bottom edges of the letters so that they are attached to the edges of the two pieces of Pretty Peacock cardstock but not the Plaid Tidings DSP.
I still cut the "Birthday" greeting with the Playful Alphabet dies, but for this card, I created a longer flag for the "Happy" from the Well Written stamp set. I simply layered this greeting on a piece of the Plaid Tidings DSP and then mounted on Pretty Peacock. This layer is then mounted to the Pumpkin Pie card base using Stampin' Dimensionals. This is a pretty quick and easy card with minimal stamping.
For my third card, I cut the "Birthday" greeting from the Plaid Tidings DSP. It is mounted on a foam adhesive sheet. Normally, when I mount the letters on the foam adhesive sheet, I adhere the foam to the paper before I cut the letters. This time, I didn't decide that I wanted them popped up until after I'd already cut the letters. But, I found a really good trick for getting the paper letters perfectly placed on the foam letters. The foam letters generally stay put when you take the metal die off. Leave them in the rest of the piece of foam and carefully peal off the sticker side on one of the letters. Apply the paper letter to the foam before punching out the foam. because the foam around the letter will still have the sticker backing, it sticks up a little higher and you can nestle the paper letter into place assuring proper placement on the foam letter. (I hope all that made sense!)
For this card, I also stamped "Happy" with Pumpkin Pie ink on the Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I stamped it 2-3 times before reinking the stamp and varied the placement. As I was putting the card together, it felt like it needed a little something, so I added the thin strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock between the Pretty Peacock layer and card base.
For my last card, I used the piece of Plaid Tidings DSP from which I had cut the letters for the previous card. (Actually, I made this card first and then used the letters on the other card.) I started by adhere the piece of Plaid Tidings DSP to the Pretty Peacock mat. Then, I cut the greeting. I popped this up on Stampin' Dimensionals when I adhered it to the Pumpkin Pie background on which I had stamped "Happy" with Pumpkin Pie ink. I embossed the large piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock in the back with one of the Wrapped in Texture embossing folders. (These come as a 2-pack in the August-December Mini Catalog).
These cards were fun and quick to make. The color combination and basic designs make them a perfect gender neutral card perfect for anyone!