Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dinosaur Birthday Card

One nephew shares a birth month with my dad and one shares a birthday day-of-the-month with him. It was my nephew's 5th birthday this past week and my dad's 65th. I made a card for both of them, but today I am sharing my nephew's.

I used Freshly Made Sketches sketch #185. I kept the colour scheme bright and simple. The balloon is a shape that came with my Brother Scan'N'Cut. I cut it as small as possible and then had to shave it down by hand. I cut the dinosaur on my Scan'N'Cut too, but that one I designed myself on the computer.

I masked off a bigger birthday wish stamp to get just the "birthday wishes". Then I spelled out "BIG" with an alphabet set I have from Close To My Heart.

I had to make this card in a hurry so I was glad to find inspiration in the sketch!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

40th Birthday - Give a Poem a Home - Dragon

My sister made me a birthday card this year.... but she forgot to write anything inside it! So, since it is effectively blank, I told her she's going to get it back on her birthday since hers is the month after mine!

However, it was a milestone birthday for her this year, so I had to make a super extra-special card. I used Dreamy Dragon by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps - you can get her designs as rubber stamps from Whimsy Stamps online store.

I looked online for examples of how people coloured it and recreated it from ones I liked.

This image is BIG. I had to put it on a 5x7 inch card, so I decided to make it a crisscross card. The lacy circle mat that I backed it with was a little bigger. It wouldn't quite fit in a 5x7 envelope, so I had to custom make one of those too!

Isn't this image sweet?
(Click for larger view.)
It was a lovely thing to colour! I have to admit, however, it took me 2 hours just to colour the image. I spent another hour making the card, the insert and the envelope.

I used alcohol markers on this one:
Body: BIC Mark-Its: Margarita Green, Key Lime and Meadow Green
Spine: COPIC: V15 Mallow and V17 Amethyst
Belly & Soles: COPIC: C3 Cool Gray 3 and 0 Colourless Blender
Flowers: BIC Mark-Its: Petal Pink and Polynesian Purple
Blush: COPIC: R22 Light Prawn
I didn't write down the colours I used for the tree. Sorry! They were Copic markers though.
I also used my white gel pen for the highlights.

I cut the lacy circle mat from a metallic shimmer paper. I also shimmered the blossoms. I was going to shimmer the dragon but, by the time I finished colouring it, I didn't want to touch it anymore in case I ruined anything. At some point, my brain just said to stop fiddling with it.

You can see the shimmer better here:

Of course, I had to compose something for the flat greeting that slips into the crisscross pocket!
Click image to read poem.

I won't lie. It pained me a little to give this one away. But it went to someone super special for a super special day, so it's all good!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mosaic Birthday Cards

I found another way to use up scraps! I previously wallpapered some background mats into patchwork backgrounds. I saw a new background tutorial (by Gina K. Designs on Stamp TV) where there was a randomly created geometric pattern and space between the scraps. I decided to try it out and I really like how it looks! In fact, I made several!

I have two to show you today. For the first one, I used brown as a neutral colour and accented it with red.

I thought it had a masculine look. For whatever strange reason, it makes me think of corduroy! Anyway, the balloons are actually Christmas ornament dies turned upside down! I used crochet thread for the strings, which I tucked into a slit in the sentiment. (Sentiment stamp by Close to My Heart.)

I made a couple for some male birthdays that snuck up on me. Since I liked how those turned out, I decided to delve in to my black and white scraps again and accented with different colours. This one is the red again, so you can see the contrast from the brown:
I'm so happy I have yet another way to use up scraps. This method calls for some very little scraps, so I still have enough paper to last a lifetime, but every little way to use it helps!

Which do you like better?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Triple Stamping Card

This technique is not new. It has just taken me a while to give it a go! Sometimes referred to Triple Time Stamping, this technique creates a continuous pattern across multiple layers of paper. I will be using this technique for my next card class.

Here's a look at one of the cards my creative crew and I will be making. This one uses a Stampin' Up! doilies stamp set, plus one I got at Michaels Craft Store.


I find the technique works best with a LARGE image stamp. I have a few, but they are all pretty girly - doilies, flowers and butterflies. With this card, I possibly could have stamped fewer images. Once I layered in the coloured cardstock, it started to look a little crowded. Good thing I had a nice and small sentiment to use!

This card would work just as well with gears for guys (which I have, woot!), or butterflies or dragonflies. The panels don't even have to be centred or rectangular. You can layer them up however you like. I haven't designed the other cards for the class yet. I think I will try a spotlighting technique for one of them. Not sure what I mean by that? Guess you'll have to wait to find out!