AEI♥U Challenge #28 – Non-White Card Base

Today I’m joining the AEI♥U Challenge #28: Making a card from a non-white card base. The challenge came up at a great time as I was in need of a nice birthday card for a long time friend. I hope she doesn’t mind that her card stemmed from this challenge!

Ellie CardFirst I die cut Ellie, the bunny and star balloon out in white card stock and stamped all the images using Momento ink in Tuxedo Black. After the dye ink dried, I coloured everything in with Copics. For Ellie, I covered her entire body with W0, shaded her extremities with W2 and W3, then blended it back in with W0. Her cheeks were done in R20, a colour several shades darker than my card base. For the bunny I used E51, E31 and E33. For the balloon, I used BV00, BV02 and BV04.

To make Ellie “pop” a little, I stuck her bottom down flat, propping up her top half with 3D foam. I used some pale blue embroidery floss as the balloon string. Coupled with the popped up balloons and bunny, I thought gave a really nice dimensional effect. Tip: If your floss doesn’t fall the way you want it to, spritz it with a bit of water, shape it into the right curve and then let dry to set the shape.

Ellie StuckI also stamped birthday sentiment from the So Happy set. My first time went awry… I stamped it once and the “happy” didn’t come out solidly enough so I went and stamped it again, but missed the mark and ended up with a double image.

Gah, Mistake!

So to fix this, I stamped the sentiment again on white cardstock and cut it out in a banner shape before mounting it. I then added my friend’s name using Ellie’s Alpha. Luckily I made no mistakes there otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what  I’d have done to cover that up!

Ellie Close UpThe card looked a little plain so I added a few matching sequins and a button to finish off the card.

I enjoyed this month’s AE challenge. I hope to see you there too!

AE Challenge #28


Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Card

I’ve had my Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps for awhile and haven’t gotten round to using them. I bought them when they first came out and all these cool crazed birds were popping up everywhere. I adore the images, but they are… wild. They have a cool and funky vibe – not something that is synonymous with my style of things. And they don’t come with sentiments, so its an additional step of thinking when it comes time to card making. So when I saw the Tim Holtz giveaway challenge on the Simon Says Stamps blog, I knew I had to break out the set and give it a whirl.

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds

I folded a 1/2 piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock to form my card base, working out where I thought my bird was going to be. I used a mini ink blending tool to add squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass Tim Holtz Distressed Ink to the front of the card, blending outwards from the area behind my imaginary bird. I flicked the background with water droplets and allowed the inks to pool before blotting off the excess with a paper towel. I then spritzed the entire front with a water and Perfect Pearls confetti white mix, allowing the distressed areas to reintegrate themselves with the background. I wasn’t able to capture this on camera but this technique gives a shimmery muted distressed look instead of harsh water splotches.

I stamped my bird on a 120lb Simon Says Stamp cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and fussy cut it out. I used Copics, starting with Y15 for the beak and YR 12 all over the body of the bird. On the edges of the body, I added YR68, blended it in with YR15 and then with YR12. Next, I drew a thin strip of R24 on the edges and blended it in with YR15, before finishing off the tail with a pure R24. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes to make them look wet and went over the whole bird with Perfect Pearls confetti white. Here’s what it looks like close up.

Crazy Bird Close Up

I used Papertrey Inks Blue Skies and Belated Birthday sets for the sentiment and  mounted the bird with 3D foam squares. The card didn’t look quite finished so I added green, blue and yellow sequins to the bottom right corner to complete my visual triangle. This card was so fun to make. I’m going to have to start sourcing some sentiments that go with the birdies!