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Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card: Sentimentally Speaking Stamps & Dies Candy Twist Stencil

Hello, crafty friends! Today, I’m thrilled to share a fun and vibrant birthday card featuring the Sentimentally Speaking Stamp Set, Sentimentally Speaking Dies, and Candy Twist 6 x 6 Stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs. This project is perfect for anyone looking to create a clean and simple card with a burst of color and a touch of elegance.

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Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card

Creating the Background

I started out by taking my Candy Twist 6 x 6 Stencil and placing it over a piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lbs Cardstock. Using my Bitty Bunny Blending Brushes, I applied ink from several Mini Distress Ink Cubes: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Prized Ribbon, Seedless Preserves, and Dust Concord. Each section of the stencil got its own vibrant color, creating a delightful rainbow effect.


Here’s a little story: as I was blending, my mind drifted back to my childhood days, where I spent hours with my coloring books, trying to stay within the lines. The joy of blending these colors brought back that same childhood excitement!


Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card by Rick Adkins

Adding Details

Once I was satisfied with the blending, I grabbed my fine-lined black Micron Pen and traced around the inside parts of the stencil. This simple step added a crisp, defined look to the background, making the colors pop even more. After removing the stencil, I felt the need to add a bit more depth. I picked up my Ohuhu Honolulu Brush Markers and used coordinating colors to enhance the ink blending, adding subtle details and shading.


Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Assembling the Card

With the background ready, I decided to cut the panel on a diagonal for an interesting twist. I then adhered it to a top-folding A2 card base made from Neenah Solar White 110 lbs Ultra Thick Cardstock. To add a sleek finish, I used a 1/4" width scrap of Pitch Black Cardstock from Hero Arts and placed it over the seam between the cut-down panel and the card base, securing it with a little bead of Bearly Arts Liquid Glue. This black strip not only covers the seam but also adds a sophisticated touch to the card.


Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Crafting the Sentiment

Next up was the sentiment. I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment from the Sentimentally Speaking Stamp Set onto a scrap of Neenah Solar White 80 lbs Cardstock using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. I then used the coordinating die from the Sentimentally Speaking Dies to cut it out. To give the sentiment some dimension, I die-cut two additional layers from scrap cardstock and layered them together before adding them to the card base.


Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Side View

Finishing Touches

No card is complete without a bit of sparkle! I added a few Clear Sparkle Enamel Dots from The Rabbit Hole Designs to finish off the card. These little embellishments catch the light beautifully, adding a magical touch to the final design.


(Wondering what I used in this project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).


Clean & Simple Happy Birthday Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Final Thoughts

This clean and simple happy birthday card is not only fun to make but also a joy to give. The bright colors and elegant sentiment create a perfect balance, making it suitable for anyone’s special day. Remember, the key to successful ink blending is patience and a light hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different color combinations and stencils.


I hope you enjoyed this card project as much as I did. If you give it a try, I’d love to see your creations! Feel free to share them with me. Until next time, happy crafting!


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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














Rick Adkins


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