Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I am still making cards for the Bugaboo Stamps 5th Birthday Celebration challenge series. The theme for Day 3 is a photo challenge. They posted this photo, and the idea is to make a card inspired by it:

I must admit, my first reaction to this particular photo was a bit negative. I had a bad "circus experience" when I was little, and have hated clowns ever since! But I tried to look past the clown on the cake, and see the potential in the rest of the photo. LOL This is the card I came up with:

I used Bugaboo's "Make It Snappy - Happy Birthday" digital image for the focal point. The image comes with 2 versions: one with the greeting, and one without. I ended up messing up (more on that later), and so cut off the greeting panel & outer frame entirely!

I began by sizing the image to fit on an A2 card front. I printed it on white cardstock, and colored it with colored pencils, using Gamsol to blend the colors. I have finally discovered, with Gamsol, if you want a lighter part on a colored area, it is better to leave that area uncolored. Then just pull in the color with your Gamsol-soaked paper stump from the surrounding area. So that is how I got a smooth blend on the cake sections & balloon.

After I finished coloring, I applied Glossy Accents to the balloon, candle flame, and stars. I set that aside for about an hour to dry. This is where I messed up. Never assume, just because the Glossy Accents has become clear, that it is totally dry. And never place your thumb on it to see if it's dry! I ended up having to scrape off some of the not-yet-dry Glossy Accents from the balloon with the head of a T-pin, wait for the rest to dry, and apply more to the scraped area. In the process, I accidentally got Glossy Accents where I didn't want it. So I left it to dry overnight, and hoped the card-making Brownies would come and fix it for me! They didn't, though, so I ended up fussy cutting the image from the frame. I die cut a panel of teal blue cardstock with the scalloped frame from Mama Elephant's "Femme Frames" die set, and glued the image piece onto that.

For the greeting, I used one from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Birthday Bash" clear stamp set. I stamped it with Memento Nautical Blue dye ink directly on the die cut panel. I felt it needed a little more oomph, so I accented it with a white gel pen, and colored in the candle flame with orange & yellow gel pens.

To finish the card, I sponged Salty Ocean Distress ink around the edges of the scalloped panel, and adhered it to a piece of peach cardstock. Finally, I adhered the completed card front to a white card base. I will be sending this card to Operation Write Home, for a hero overseas to wish a loved one back home happy birthday!


  1. I like your choice of making this image so big and allowing it to cover most of the card front. This card definitely says 'birthday party'!
    Thanks for joining Bugaboo's birthday celebration and good luck!

  2. Love this card. The colors and the coloring are fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug this week for our 5th Birthday Bash. Cindy-GDT

  3. Great card, I really like the sponged edges. Thanks for joining us for Bugaboo's 5th Annual Birthday Bash Dawn DT.


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