Hi everyone, it’s time for the August 2019 challenge at AAA Birthday. Come along and visit our blog and see what the Design Team has created and a special welcome to Clarissa as this months Guest Designer.
This months challenge theme is For the Boys and I knew I wanted to use some recently purchase Robot stamps from Katzelkraft.
I’m going to make sure I play along more with The Male Room card challenges as I find masculine cards a bit tricky to put together. Surprisingly this one was pretty straight forward…phew! This fortnights challenge is multiple layers. I based the colour scheme on the background cloud patterned paper.
Excited to be guest designing for the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company and having a play with the Sloth Pals StampMini Kit that was released recently. Decided to pull out my Prismacolor Coloured Pencils for this card.
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.
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.
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.
Using Distress OxideLucky 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 GlitterKaisercraft 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.
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.
YAY…I’m HAPPY in LOVE with this one layer card. This is my second card I’ll be entering in the current AAA Birthday Card Challenge. I decided to leave “BIRTHDAY” off the front of the card so this could be used for celebrations other than birthdays. Just add the occasion sentiment on the inside of the card.
Images and Background
The stamp set is Party Pals from Avery Elle. I stamped them on Copic friendly cardstock as I knew I particularly wanted to colour a background.
The words are coloured using 2-3 colours but I left the stars just one colour.
I ruled the lines with a copic friendly thin black marker and used the Warm Greys from the copic range to add depth to the background panelling.
I also used the Neutral greys to add drop shadows behind the words and the stars.
I used some brads to imitate the banner being attached to the wall. I’ve had them for ages and they happened to match my colour scheme perfectly.
To finish off I added Glossy Accents to the words to give an extra bit of dimension (see photos below).