Sunday, September 27, 2015

It's Your Birthday

On Day 1 of Online Card Classes' "Watercolor for Card Makers: Exploring Mediums," they emphasized watercolor markers. Kristina Werner had a lesson on doing a halo frame with a marker & water. I took my inspiration from that for this card.

I started by cutting a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper. After I determined how large an oval I needed to accommodate my image, I lightly traced around a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die. I applied masking fluid along the line, and let that dry thoroughly for several hours. Once it was dry, I scribbled a purple marker on an acrylic block. I wet the area outside the masking fluid line with clean water, then used my damp paintbrush to pick up the color from my block. I applied it where I'd wet the paper, and let the water blend the color out. I did have to sop up some excess color with a paper towel, but mostly the water did all the work for me. I then let that dry for several hours, and removed the masking.

I stamped my image, from Penny Black's "Birthday Party" set, in the middle of my oval frame, using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also stamped a greeting from the "Big Birthday Wishes" set by Simon Says Stamp above the image, curving the stamp to follow the curve of the frame. Once the ink had dried, I colored the image with my Inktense pencils and a damp brush.

Once everything was dry, I trimmed my panel by 1/8" on all sides, and wrapped some yellow baker's twine around, taping the ends to the back. I used more twine to tie a bow, and matted the panel with black paper, leaving a 1/16" border. Finally, I mounted it to a white A2 card base. This will be another card for my sister-in-law's birthday. She & my brother just adopted 2 puppies, so I thought this image would be perfect for her!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "STAMPtember Use a Stamp & Bloghop"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "No Designer Paper"
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges #274: "Cute Critters and/or Christmas"


  1. Super cute card, Andrea! I love dogs so this card is dearer to me :) I love it. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp No Designer Paper Challenge.

  2. Really sweet card, the stamp is so cute. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra


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