Birthday Cards

Happy Birthday

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Hi there!

Today I have a quick card to share using a background that I created a couple of months ago.  I love this background technique and thought it was perfect for this cute little scooter.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I smooshed three colors of Distress Ink (Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar) onto an acrylic block, slightly overlapping the colors, and then spritzed the block seven times with a Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting sprayer will do) from about a foot away.  I then turned the block onto the smooth side of the watercolor paper, weighed the block down with a heavy book, and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, I slowly removed the block at an angle, lifting from the light pink area first to avoid dragging any dark inky water into the light area.  Then I mopped up some small pools of inky water using a paper towel.

I let the background dry for a bit and then used a heat tool to complete the drying. Then I trimmed the piece down to 3.75″ x 5″ and adhered it to an A2-sized card base.

I stamped the scooter and the bunch of balloons in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock.  Using BG10, BG11, and BG45, I colored in the scooter and some of the balloons.  I used C1 and C3 for the trim and glass details on the scooter, and then used R20, R22, and R24 to color in the rest of the balloons.  I added a few details with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen before used a Brother ScanNCut2 to cut it out.  To finish the card, I backed the scooter with foam tap and adhered it over the pink background.

Thanks so much for coming by!

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