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January 24, 2012

90th. Birthday

The best cakes are always made from scratch!
A 90th birthday is special, indeed. I wanted the front of this card to be elegant and uncluttered. And what better theme than a sumptuous cake!

This gate-fold card size is 5-1/2 x 5-1/2". The base is white with pink matting, then a layer of floral. The show stopper is the very special cake with its shimmery silver cake stand.

The hardest part was deciding which cake to use. Some are too casual, loose or cartoon-like. After what seemed like hours pouring over various cakes on the cartridges, I decided to make my own, using shapes from a variety of cartridges.

I started with a cake shape from Straight From The Nest, then removed all the details. But the shape had sharp edges which none of my cakes have ever had, so I added rounded corner pieces (from George). This hugely improved the cake, making it more lifelike. Next, I made a smaller top layer (rounded rectangle, also from George). The full width of the widest layer  is about 4 inches.

When the cake was done, I was pleased with the result as it was different than any other cake available on a single cartridge.

Cake Stand
The cake stand HAD to be beautiful. You can't imagine how excited I was to find this lovely scroll-y one on the Straight from the Nest cart.

I cut the cake stand from heavy CS that looks and feels like brushed aluminum. The open cut work of the stand needed some backing for extra strength and body. For this I cut a blackout of solid pink.

Decorating the Cake
This was so much fun! After toying with various flowers, silk, sparkly or cut, I decided to emboss the cake with flowers that mimic the ones on the printed background. A row of pearls nestled at the bottom of each layer completes the cake. On top, sit the large numbers cut from the same silver as the stand, and backed by pink.

The verse inside just happened to go with my cake theme. I prepared the poem on the computer and printed it on cardstock, not paper. Then I trimmed it to fit the card centre, 5 inches square. Corners are punched with the MS lace punch. For the inside left and right flaps, I did not want a lot of extra bulk. I kept it simple by giving them a layer of the same pink print  paper as the front.

Cartridges and Tools Used
George and Basic Shapes - cake layers and corner pieces
Straight from the Nest - cake stand
Storybook - "90"
Cuttlebug with Stylized Flower folder


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