Saturday, April 29, 2017

1 Sketch - 2 Birthday Cards

Catch the Bug Challenge Blog is having their bi-weekly Stella Says Sketch challenge. I used the sketch as inspiration to create 2 birthday cards.

For both cards, I used images & greetings from Bugaboo Stamp's "Under the Sea Birthday Set." I did a rough "mock-up" in Photoshop, so I could get an idea how large to print the images & greetings, especially since I rotated the sketch 90 degrees for the mermaid card. Once I had the sizing like I wanted it, I printed each image onto a scrap of white cardstock. I die cut the fish with a Spellbinders "Standard Circles SM" die, and the mermaid with a Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" die. Then I colored them with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I also added some glitter to the mermaid's tail & top with my clear Wink of Stella pen.

I trimmed patterned papers from Carta Bella's "Soak Up the Sun" 6x6" paper pad to size. On the fish card, I used decorative edge scissors to cut the scallop edge on the yellow dot paper. For the mermaid, I used Fiskars' "Scallop Sentiment" border punch.

I cut my background panels for each card from yellow & blue cardstocks, and printed the greetings directly on them. To mat the fish, I die cut a piece of orange cardstock with a We R Memory Keepers "Nesting Scallops" circle die. For the mermaid, I used a Spellbinders "Lacey Ovals" die. I adhered both focal images to their respective mats. After adhering my patterned paper panels in place, I glued down the focal images, & mounted my card fronts to white A2 card bases. Then I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in the color Morning Dew to the bubbles in each image, and let that dry overnight. I will send these cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering these cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: "Anything Goes"
Pile It On #129: "Interactive and/or Birthday" (I'm doing the mid-month birthday theme.)
Send a Smile 4 Kids: "Punches and/or Die Cuts 4 Kids"


  1. Both cards are adorable, Andrea. Lovely coloring of the Bugaboo images. Thanks so much for sharing with Stella Says Sketch at Catch the Bug this week!

  2. Thanks for joining our Stella Says Sketch Challenge over on the Bugaboo Stamps' Catch the Bug blog with this gorgeous creation!- good luck in the draw. Please join us again soon.
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Dt

  3. Wonderful cards!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  4. Two super-cute cards - love them both. Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  5. What a fun card. This fish image is super cute. Love it. Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On and I hope to see your work on our new challenge too. Keti (DT)


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