Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
One of the things that I find to be in constant need of is birthday cards. I have made a few of them this week to keep on hand as kind of like master copies. This is something that I do often to try and maintain inspiration and being able to create new things. This card was one that I have loved making and I made two different versions. The first version was kind of a bust, to me. I didn’t care for the coloring job that I had done. Also please keep in mind that I do not do a lot of coloring. It is definitely something that I will be working on. I am slowly working on getting a full Copic Sketch set. By slowly, I mean that I have gotten two markers and haven’t had a chance to buy anymore. I currently am the proud owner of RV04 and N4. I love the way they color, but obviously, I am in need of more…watch out My Favorite Things or Michael’s, I will be coming for you! LOL
Now, the inspiration behind this card. Here recently I have been obsessed with two colors, bright pink and a gorgeous teal color. A couple of my girlfriends will be celebrating birthdays next month, unfortunately, they live out of state. So, I wanted to make something bright and cheery to brighten their birthdays. They are like me and love them bright colors. So, I thought I would make a card using the brightest pink I had on hand…enter my Copic Marker.
When I go into the office to start creating cards and designs for cards, I sometimes will play around with the stamps on scrap paper. I wanted to dig into some of my old stamps to freshen up the looks I had done before. So, I started off by stamping some birthday banners that I and coloring them in with that beautiful Copic, but it felt a bit flat for my taste. While looking through my birthday sentiments, I came across a set of balloons. One that was just the outline caught my eye. On a piece of scrap paper, I stamped it originally in My Favorite Things Razzle Berry Premium Dye Ink. Once I colored in the balloon, I thought it was lacking. I added some of my clear glitter Wink of Stella, and thought that there wasn’t enough of a contrast between the outline and the colored center. So, I stamped the outline again using my Extreme Black, using my Copic, I colored in my balloon, and I loved it!
With that being done, it hit me, exactly how I wanted my card to look. I wanted something simple. I didn’t want a fancy fold to take away from the bright bursts of this beautiful Copic. Nor did I want an insanely full designer paper. I wanted the focus to be those adorable balloons.
So, without further delay, let’s get started. When I go over the instructions, I will give you an explanation as to why I chose to change the newer version from the original. I will also give suggestions on a couple of things that I learned through this process.
Supplies I Used
Base- My Favorite Things Razzle Berry 4 1/4” x 11” Scored at 5 1/2”
White (large) (2) 4” x 5 1/4”
Black 3 7/8” x 2”
White 3 3/4” x 1 7/8”
Scrap piece of white for banners
Birthday Celebrations (I got this stamp set a long time ago from JoAnn’s)
My Favorite Things Essential Sentiments Stamp Sets
My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink- Razzle Berry
My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink Extreme Black
Copic Sketch RV04 Shock Pink
Wink of Stella Gold Clear 999
Elmer’s Tape Runner
Elmer’s Mini glue Dots
Park Lane 1/4” Foam Squares
Fiskars Paper Trimmer
Fiskars Bone Folder
Tim Holtz Stamping Tool
Stampin’ Up Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Park Lane Embellishments
White Gel Pen Uni-Ball Signo
First and foremost, I always make sure when I break out my Paper Trimmer, that I make all of my cuts. I lay out all of my pieces to ensure that I have everything that I need. From there, I score my card base and the second piece of white measuring 4” x 5 1/4” gets adhered to the inside of my card. I also take this time to prep my next step, which is my stamping.
Now I get my Tim Holtz Stamping Tool out along with my balloon stamp. I also take out a pretty valuable tool, a pencil. To ensure that my “string” part of my stamps weren’t too long and look tacky with the smaller section of balloons, I made a light line on the white piece. I knew that the height of my black piece was 2” I wanted to make sure that I could come up just a hair from the bottom of the large layer and give a bit of a cute layering effect. Now, to get this I used the ruler long the side of my tool, and a ruler to make a very faint line with my pencil. This gave me a boundary to work with. I was able to keep in mind the rough placement of my layering pieces.
From there, I laid my balloon stamp a tad bit off center of the large white piece. I was then able to stamp my image. I made a point to stamp the image twice, to ensure that my image was nice and clear. I then cleaned my stamp and moved it to either side of my center image.
Taking my smaller white piece, I stamped the first balloon in center. I followed this on either side of the image. I made a point to try and cut off the balloon strings completely. I wanted to have an unobstructed view of the balloons as well as have enough room to place my little banner.
From there, I colored the balloons. With the first balloon, I made a mistake, I only made one pass of coloring on the balloons. With this mistake, I had moved on without realizing just how that single pass of coloring would turn out. When I realized the issue, I was not able to go back and color again. This would have made the balloons look weird, plus I had already had a bit of another mistake on coloring. At thirty years of age, I accidentally colored outside the line. LOL. I laugh about it now, because I thought it was hilarious when I did it. I also knew that these cards themselves are templates, they are not going to anyone. I will be making another one to send to one of my friends. So, making a mistake when creating something new, is par for the course and I love it. The mistakes teach me what not to do next time. Even in the one that I am showing you today has a little tiny blurb on the card and I am okay with the imperfection. It shows the handmade aspect of it.
Now that I had colored all of my balloons, I went back and colored them a second and then third time. I really wanted that concentrated Shocked Pink! That pop of pink truly did give me what I was wanting. I followed this by going over my balloons with my Wink of Stella. I was not completely satisfied. I broke out my white gel pen. I added a couple of little lines in a couple of spots on the first card, that turned out all wrong for my liking on this card. On this card, I only put a single little curved line on the top left of my balloons and that was all it really needed.
When I finished with the coloring, the Wink of Stella, and the gel pen; I moved on to my scrap paper. Rather than using my Tim Holtz Stamping Tool again, I simply put both of my sentiments on one acrylic mount and stamped them with my Razzle Berry ink. Then, Using my BigKick and my framelit, I cut out the sentiments. Using my scissors, I flagged the ends of the pieces. Once I had that where I wanted them, I used my bone folder to bend my paper into a pretty waving banner. I absolutely love how this looks. I know I recently used this on another card, but when I find something that I like, I tend to work it in as much as possible for a good while.
Now, when I worked my first card, I ran my “Birthday Wishes,” die with some of my Razzle Berry cardstock through my BigKick. I placed that on the front of my card and for the dot of the I’s, I placed a cute rhinestone. I liked the look, I just wanted to try something else. I am happy that I did.
Once all of my stamping, cutting, and coloring was complete, I was ready to start assembling the front of my card. I layer my main background piece on the front of my card using tape runner. From there, with my tape runner, I adhered my smaller white piece to my black piece. I added my foam squares to that and adhered the black and white piece to the bottom of the card. I made sure to give a little bit of clearance, allowing the white piece to kind of provide a bit a border.
Putting my glue dots at either end of my banners, I added both of my sentiments to the card as well, as you can see here. When this was finished, I was still looking for a bit more. So, I added rhinestones to my banners. I was still not satisfied, I felt that the balloons themselves were still lacking something. So, I added rhinestones, to make it seem like a little stone was apart of the tie for the balloon. Once I added that little finishing touch, I was finally happy with the results! I truly do love how this card in particular turned out. The slightly worn look of the banners give a bit of contrast for that white on white. I love how popping that little trio of balloons on the bottom up, really gives a bit of dimension to the card.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, please let me know by giving this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Thank you all so much for all of your support, it has truly meant the world to me. I hope you make this card and have as much fun with it as I did! Until next time!!!
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