Sunday, October 25, 2020

Birthday Wishing

Hello friends!  I have a card to share that I made with a beautiful new stamp set from Colorado Craft Company.  The designer is Anita Jeram, who is a well known illustrator of children's books.  I love her style of illustration and fell in love with all the stamp sets in the new release.  Only two ended up in my craft room - at least for now LOL!

I'm joining three challenges - Tuesday Morning Sketches (for which I am just squeaking in under the time deadline), Seize the Birthday and Festive Friday (plaid, die cut, twine, brown).

The set used has a few different critters, so I decided to create a simple scene on a slimline size card, which worked beautifully.

Typically I color with Copic markers but felt some kind of watercolor medium would look better with these stamps, so I broke out my long neglected Zig Real Brush Markers.  Within the last year, Zig came out with some new, softer colors and a blender brush (woot, woot!) which really helped make coloring, shading and blending easier.  The cute creatures were stamped on a panel of Bristol paper die cut to be 3.25" x 8.25".  I used just two colors for the background to keep things simple, with pops of color for the present and the balloon.  The balloon was stamped a second time and fussy cut so when the frame was added it could be popped up outside of it.

Searching through my stash of patterned papers, I found an older MFT pad of plaids with just the perfect colors of aqua and greens, along with a bit of purple.  Three strips were trimmed down and adhered to the card base, then the main imaged was layered on with fun foam for dimension.  The balloon was covered with crystal glaze to make it shiny (which, of course, doesn't show up in the photos), and the final step was to add a small twine bow, which also conveniently hid a boo-boo that occurred while the frame was being glued to the panel. ;-)

Thanks so much for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I hope you are continuing to remain safe and healthy, and have a wonderful week ahead!


Stamps:  Birthday Wishing (Anita Jeram Collection/Colorado Craft Company)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Audrey Blue (Simon Says Stamp), Strathmore Bristol, Plaid Patterns 6x6 Paper Pack (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Clair Nocturne, Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
Other:  Slimline Nested Rectangle die (SSS), Slimline Series Envelope Builder die (scallop frame, Trinity Stamps), Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine (SU ret.), Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze


Tammy L said...

I really love your card! Firstly it's slimline, which I'm totally into right now, and secondly I love the scene that you created. It's awesome to see how you adapted our sketch to fit the bigger canvas. Well done. thanks for joining us at TMS and hope to see you again.
Tammy DT

Melissa Craig said...

Adorable birthday card! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Melanie Hungerford said...

Wonderful card! I love the watercoloring with those stamps too, and the addition of those perfect colored paper strips. Thank you for sharing with us at Festive Friday!Thank

Ashwini Rao said...

They definitely are very beautiful illustrations! Glad you were finally able to put your Zigs to use - they are one of my favorites too! And I love what you've created with them! Thank you so much for joining us at the Seize the Birthday challenge with your adorable slimline card!

Ann Schach said...

How cute is this! An adorable card, Stef! I LOVE the popped up balloon. Your coloring is as perfect as ever! You are really rockin' these slimline cards! I am so glad you shared at Festive Fridays!

Melva Peters said...

What an adorable card! The colours are amazing! Thanks for sharing with Festive Fridays!

Melva Peters said...

Congratulations! Your project was selected as a Festive Fave over at the Festive Friday Challenge. As a reminder, you can hop over to the challenge to grab your winners badge for your blog. Thanks so much for joining us and I hope you will play along again really soon!

Nora Noll said...

This is so darling!! I am loving this little scene you created!!