Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monster Birthday Card

Since working with my Annabelle Stamps sprinkles again earlier, I decided I need more colours.  So, I went the website and picked some sprinkles but I also tossed in a stamp to make the shipping worth it.  (The shipping was actually SURPRISINGLY low!)  I got Lil Monster's Balloon and made my nephew a 2nd Birthday card with it.

I used another card for inspiration but it was late at night when I was searching and I forget who it was (sorry!).  This card meets the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #68 to use balloons.  I popped him up on some foam tape to help him stand out.  I also used Glossy Accents on his eyeballs.

I really enjoy this stamp.  His sweet and goofy little face is fantastic.  I stamped a whole bunch of him to try colouring in different ways.  I tried the "no line" colouring technique but it didn't turn out as I'd hoped.  I should have used an outline pen for his mouth and maybe some grey in the eyes.  (I attached the no-line one to another card and will donate it to Kards for Kids in Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital.)

For the brown Lil Monster, I used four Copic markers (three in the crown and two in the shirt and balloon.) My main brown that I use the most (sand) ran out by the end.  So, I decided to try something else:

I used only two purples and the blending pen on this one.  One purple is a violet purple and the other is a super pail violet purple (fairly pinkish like lilacs).  I used Copic Xpress It paper because I knew I had to soak it well in order to get only two colours to blend.  I think it turned out okay!  Now I know I can pick up only two shades as I build my collection and fill in the blanks later when I have a good representation of colours.

Hope you like him.  I think he's adorable!  So glad I picked this stamp.  There are a few version of Lil Monster in different settings if you are smitten!


  1. Oh, they're so sweet!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  2. These are FABULOUS! LOVE the bright colors--they all look amazing with the beautiful green! Thanks for joining my balloon challenge at CCM! :)

  3. He is so cute :)
    I love the way you coloured the balloons :)

  4. Too cute! Your attention to detail amazes me!


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