AAA Birthday Design Team

I’m very excited to announce I am joining the Design Team at AAA Birthday Challenge. I still can’t quite believe I was selected and they have an amazing team of designers to give you inspiration for each monthly challenge. There is still time to play along with the June Challenge “Use Water Colours”.

This months challenge is Using Watercolours so I had a play with some metallic watercolours and Inktense Pencils which you can use like watercolours.

background

  • Washed Gansai Tambi Blue Gold over a sheet of textured paper.

Images and Background

  • Mouse image from Penny Black Critter Love.
  • Coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils which act like watercolours but when dry are permanent.
    • MiceWillow 1900, Baked Earth 1800 and Cherry 0510
    • Moon Iris Blue 0900 and Bright Blue 1000
    • Heart Cherry 0510

Other items

Stars

  • Using Bright Blue Inktense Pencil I washed colour over a piece of cardstock and dried it with a heat gun.
  • Washed Gamsai Tambi White Gold over the top of the blue and dried it again.
  • Die cut using the stars from the My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprint 6 set.

hearts

  • Using the Cherry Inktense Pencil washed a small amount over a piece of cardstock and dried it.
  • Washed Gamsai Tambi White Gold over the top of the red and dried it again.
  • Die cut with the larger heart from the My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprint 6 set.
  • I ended up adding some more of the Cherry colour over the top of the white gold to add a bit more depth of colour.

sentiment

  • Using the left over blue coloured cardstock from the stars I stamped Birthday Hugs from the My Favorite Things Label Maker Sentiments with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.
  • I used my Mini Misti to do the stamping so I could stamp 3 times to build up the golden ink colour.

fINISHING

  • I decided I didn’t want to but down the background to make a normal size card so I make it into an A5 size. Simply folded A4 cardstock in half.
  • To add a it more interest behind the main panel I cut down some gold patterned vellum from Rosies Vellum and Foil paper pack.
  • I wanted different layers of dimension on the card so I adhered the stars with Multi Matt Medium directly to the background. The star and mice were adhered with 1mm thick adhesive foam pads and the sentiment with thicker foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Sloffee

Excited to be guest designing for the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company and having a play with the Sloth Pals Stamp Mini Kit that was released recently. Decided to pull out my Prismacolor Coloured Pencils for this card.

Images

  • The stamp set is Sloth Pals. I stamped them on paper suitable for using coloured pencils using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Cut out with matching dies.

Prismacolor colours used: Scarlet Lake/Crimson Lake, Orange/Poppy Red, Deco Yellow/Canary Yelloe, Yellow Chartreuse/Apple Green/Olive Green, Light Cerulean Blue/True Blue, Violet Blue/Ultramarine, Parma Violet/Lilac

Background

  • Dry embossed the natural cardstock with the Sprinkles stencil (included in the mini kit).
  • I left the stencil in place and spread Heavy Gel Gloss medium over the stencil with a spatula. This is a white gel that drys transparent so it gives a subtle background to keep the focus on the coloured images.

Other items

  • I cut down some Uniquely Creative patterned paper for the banner and applied a strip of green foil tape at the bottom.
  • Using some of the same patterned paper behind the background layer of the card unifies the colour scheme.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Smile…it’s your birthday

Still playing with the Sloth Pals Stamp Mini Kit from Uniquely Creative but this time using copics. I added the Wreath Builder Elements stamp set also from Uniquely Creative.

Images

  • The stamp set is Sloth Pals. I stamped them on cardstock suitable for copics using Momento Rich Cocoa. It’s a gorgeous brown, one of my favourites. Images cut out with the matching dies.

Copic colours used: W0, W1, W3, W5, E00, E11, E23, E33, E57, E59

Background

  • Using Distress Oxide Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio I blended the colours in a circle.
  • I laid out the sloth images so I knew roughly where I wanted to stamp the leaves from the Wreath Builder Elements stamp set. I used Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Just Green for the leaves.
  • The berry images were stamped in Versamark Ink and embossed with Zing Rouge embossing powder.
  • With the sloths laid temporarily in their final position, I selected a circle die that was just smaller than the outer edge of the blended green background. Holding the die in place I drew random lines and dots around the edge with a Red Glitter Kaisercraft Gel Pen.

Tip: As Distress Oxide Inks don’t dry instantly I needed to check that the embossing powder was only going to stick to the stamped images and not to the rest of the background. To check if it’s dry sprinkle some embossing ink over the cardstock and tap off. If it sticks to the background it’s not dry enough yet.

Sentiment

  • The Sloth Pals Mini Kit comes with four laser cut words. I stamped on top of the word with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Zing Metallic Copper Embossing Powder. I did this twice to give a thicker and smoother finish.
  • I love to place a stamped sentiment in an interesting position so using my Mini Misti I curved the Happy Birthday around the edge of the circle. It is stamped in Altenew Velvet ink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


Herd of … Farm Animals?

Masculine cards are always tricky for me…how much sparkle to add? I did manage to incorporate a little bit of glitter paper so that was a win!

Images and sentiments

  • I used images from Katzelkraft Farm Animals and coloured them with Copics. I know sheep aren’t blue and chickens aren’t green but hey they look good!
  • Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Speech Bubbles are die cut out of glitter paper and coloured cardstock.
  • Sentiments are from the Reveal Wheel and Spring sentiment sets.

Other items

  • I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Popup with Grassy Hills add on cut out of grass themed patterned paper.
  • The front of the card was simply Distress Inks blended over My Favorite Things Clouds and Grass stencils.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip