Animal Cards, Birthday Cards

To the Birthday Chick


Hi there!

Today’s card uses the colors from Color Throwdown Challenge #488. When I saw these colors, I immediately thought of the Birthday Chicks from My Favorite Things.

I started by using Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink to stamp the chicks, giant cupcake, and balloon onto Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock.  Then I got down to coloring.  I used Y15 and Y19 for the chics, B01 and B04 for the cupcakes, party hats, and candles, and YG23 and YG25 for the candles and balloon.  I used a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add details to the hats, cupcake frosting, candles, and balloon.  Then I cut out the images using a Brother ScanNCut2 and set them aside.

For the grass I blended Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks onto an A2-sized piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Then I trimmed that piece using Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border die.  I stamped the sentiment using the same black ink as earlier.

For the background, which is a piece of Neenah Solar White, I very lightly blended Tumbled Glass Distress Ink along the edges of the Cloud stencil from My Favorite Things.  I used the same color to lightly go around the edges of the clouds which I cut out from scrap cardstock using Lawn Fawns Simple Puffy Clouds dies.  The sun is cut from yellow Recollections cardstock using the Sunny Skies die from My Favorite Things.

I assembled the card using liquid adhesive to adhere the grass, largest cloud, chicks, and giant cupcake.  I applied the adhesive to the center of the sun, but left most of the rays unglued so that they stand up a little.  I trimmed bits of the sun rays and clouds that were hanging off the edge of the card front.

The two smaller clouds and the balloon are popped up using foam tape.  I used a Copic C1 marker to ground the chicks and giant cupcake by adding what I hope look like shadows.  And finally, I adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

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Birthday Cards, Celebration Cards

Hooray From Concord and 9th – Take Two


Hello there, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Today’s card is a CAS(E) of one of Concord & 9ths inspiration cards for the Birthday Stacks stamp set.  I made today’s card for a friend who is celebrating his birthday.  I originally planned to use shades of blue, but then I realized that blue ice cream doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  In the end, these shades of yellow and orange and the way the scoops overlap reminded my friend, and other friends around the table, of tennis which is how we all met.  I love it when things work out in ways you didn’t imagine!

I started by stamping the ice cream scoops in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  Then I used the coordinating die to trim off the top part of the scoops.  Since the die wasn’t long enough to stretch across the card, I used my paper trimmer to finish the horizontal cut to the edge of the paper.  I then used the same ink to stamp the ice cream cones.

For the ice cream scoops, I used Hero Arts Soft Vanilla and Altenew Citrus Burst and Sunkissed inks.  And for the cones, I used Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie.  The stamp set includes solid stamps for these elements which makes the stamping very easy!

20180407_125130.jpgFor the sentiment, which is Concord and 9ths standalone Hooray die, I used a scrap piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper because I wanted to blend the Altenew Inks and I usually find it challenging to blend dye inks smoothly.  The Bristol Smooth paper has a coating that allows the ink to sit on top of the paper longer which gives you extra time to blend.  I die cut the sentiment, and then placed the die cut back into the negative space so that I could easily hold it in place while blending.  I used foam blending tools to sponge Sunkissed along the bottom and Citrus Burst across the top, blending in the middle.

I die cut the sentiment four more times out of scrap 110# regular cardstock and layered the pieces on top of each other, adhering all of the layers together with liquid adhesive.  Then I adhered the inked sentiment on top to create a chipboard-like embellishment.

Then it came time to assemble the card. I adhered a A2-sized piece of kraft cardstock (I like the Recollections cardstock from Michael’s which is 60# weight and great for layering, not to mention its affordable price point) to a card base.  Then I cut a piece of orange cardstock, also from Recollections, and adhered it to the back of the ice cream scoop piece, leaving an edge of orange peeking out.  Then I adhered that combined piece to the card base.

Finally, I created some loops of twine and sandwiched it between the sentiment and the card.  I used a couple of acrylic blocks to hold it all in place while the liquid adhesive dried.  And that finished off the card!

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Birthday Cards, Celebration Cards

Hooray From Concord & 9th


Hi there!

Today I have a celebration card to share. It uses a few items from Concord and 9th: Triangle Turnabout for the background, Birthday Stacks for the balloons, and the Hooray die.

For the background, I used Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and three ink colors from Altenew (Dew Drops, Aqualicious, and Teal Cave) as well Ranger Silver Ultra Fine embossing powder. If you haven’t seen how Concord & 9ths turnabout stamps work, I encourage you watch their tutorial on YouTube. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a hundred thousand!

On a separate piece cardstock, I stamped balloons using three stamps from the Birthday stacks set. I stamped the set of circles and the two types of strings in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I used the same three ink colors and embossing powder to add color and shine to the balloons. I made a mistake here in that I stamped the set of circles upside down so I had to fussy cut the balloons since the matching die didn’t line up.

For the sentiment, I ran the Hooray die through my Sizzix Sidekick five times. Once using Neenah cardstock, and four times using white 110# scrap cardstock. I placed the Neenah die cut back into it’s negative space to make it easier to hold in place while I blended Aqualicious and Teal Cave onto it, using the lighter color on the top half and blending it into the darker color on the bottom for an ombre effect. Then I adhered all five layers together using scant amounts of liquid glue to create a dimensional sentiment.

Then it came time to assemble the card. I trimmed the triangle background in half, saving the other half for a future card, and adhered it to an A2-sized card base. Then I trimmed the balloon panel so that the height of the balloons revealed some of the triangle background and still left room for the sentiment. I used foam tape to adhere it to the card base so that it stood up from the background.

Before I adhered the Hooray sentiment, I pulled out some inexpensive silver thread from my stash and wound it around a few fingers. I added a liquid glue to the back of the Hooray die cute and then adhered it to the card, sandwiching the silver thread in between. And that finished the card!

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