I went with a bright and bold birthday card for this week's Make It Monday - Inked Backgrounds challenge:
Wonderful Words Birthday stamp and coordinating die from Papertrey Ink used here on some retired SU! paper. I love the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper Stampin' Up! had a couple years ago, so it's amazing that I found this piece I've been hoarding. It was easy to ink up the paper that lets the check pattern show through - no embossing required. I inked up the paper with some Adirondack alcohol inks and found some scraps of cardstock that seemed to match for my diecut birthday words. I think the colors are Raspberry Ripple, Tempting Turquoise and More Mustard (all SU!), but with a crazy mess of unlabeled random scraps, that's really just a guess!
I added a strip of Raspberry stitched satin ribbon on the left side as my scrap of Presto Patterns paper was a little odd sized for an A2 size card - that's what embellishments are for, right? And to share a simple trick about the little twine bow, in order to add it securely without glue, I took some twine and stapled it to the mini-banner. When you staple the twine, leave an even amount of twine on either side of your staple, for a super easy way to tie a little twine bow where every you need it, using very little material.
Hope you have a chance to play this week. Enjoy & happy crafting!