Happy Canada Day 2020! It’s our time to celebrate the start of our 154th year! It’s hard to believe how time has flown since we all took part in the huge 150th year events in 2017.

To help spread the cheer then, I went all out with some classic red and white themed ideas you can see here, here and here. They are equally appropriate three years later!

One of the reasons why? It’s so easy to create with red and white…and the maple leaf. Designs that stand the test of time! In fact, today I’m answering some of your design questions about my card!

Here it is…

Happy Canada Day 2020

I love Canada and our Canadian flag. So it’s the way I immediately think about creating when our birthday comes around.

This year’s card features two sets, Gather Together (a returning bundle favourite we will see in the August to December Mini Catalogue – YAY!) and Many Mates which is new in the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue.

I really loved the open, yet bold, design of the Happy Birthday and thought it was perfect for a Canada Day celebration when stamped in Real Red ink.

Your Design Questions Answered

How Did I Make the Background?

Happy Canada Day 2020

I used one technique in two different ways for my card front treatment.

First I added a couple drops of Real Red ink refill to a Stampin’ Spritzer and shook it up. Then I spritzed it two times onto the middle and top left of my folded card. I liked the lighter, almost pinkish look on the background as contrast to the intensity of the Real Red. However if you wanted a bit more of a “red” colour, add more drops of ink refill.

Next I filled a different Stampin’ Spritzer with clear water and added one large drop of Frost White Shimmer Paint. I spritzed that all over the front of the card. You can see the shimmer in the bottom right of the photo above. TIP: Be sure to let your cardstock dry completely before doing any more stamping.

How Did I Get My Leaves to Curl?

Your Stampin’ Spritzer comes in handy here again. On a scrap of Thick Whisper White, I spritzed my Frost Shimmer Paint and while it was still wet I ran the maple leaf die through my cut and emboss machine.

Let the leaf dry a little bit and it will puff up just enough that is will be easy to release from the die with the tip of your Take Your Pick Tool.

TIP: Make sure when you glue it down to your card front you do not put glue on the leaf tips and they will have a slight curl up.

Happy Canada Day 2020

How Did I Get The Two-Tone Look On The Red Leaf?

Isn’t that a cool effect? And it’s super easy too!

I spritzed a scrap of Real Red cardstock with plain water then immediately cropped the leaf with my die. Similar to the white leaf, if you leave it to dry just a tad, it will release from the edges of the die enough to remove it. And then even when it dries, you will have the lighter and darker areas you can see above.

Make This For ANY Birthday Celebration!

You don’t need to be celebrating a 153rd birthday to make this design 🤪. It will be lovely in a bunch of different colour combinations for anyone on your bday list. Men in particular will love this card. You can choose to leave off the gold trim and gilded gems or keep them on – the choice is yours!

Or try one in your country’s flag colours and symbols. Stars and red, white and blue perhaps? Or white and red stripes with a splashy navy background? There’s so many variations that will look wonderful.

Here is the full supply list for everything I used. Add any item to your own stash with a quick click on it.

Happy Canada Day 2020

Craft and Celebrate

Even during this time of COVID-19 there are ways to celebrate significant events like a 153rd birthday! Our hobby of card making is one way that poses no risk, and has the added benefit of stress relief. Both for the creator and the card recipient!

We are doing a socially distanced backyard visit and I’m bringing this along for the hostess. I know she will love it!

Happy Canada Day 2020

I hope you leave today with a bit of inspiration to design. Make a card just like my Happy Canada Day 2020 card, or in a totally different design – just have fun!

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