I know we are in the depths of Winter here in the UK, but I am really needing some bright colours in my life right now, so I went for an all round handmade birthday card for this month’s Sketch Challenge Blog Hop. Make sure you hop around the rest of the gang’s posts using the links at the bottom, to get a whole heap of birthday themed projects.
The Stamptastic Friends are a super talented bunch of crafters who all want to inspire you in your own creativity, bringing you all the best of Stampin’ Up! and papercraft.
I am in the throws of preparing for our next Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker course (look under my Classes and Tutorials menu for more info) so it only made sense that I used them for this card today. This Best Day stamp set was one of the first from the new catalogue that caught my eye, with it’s clean lined images, perfect for colouring in.
The colours I used to make this handmade birthday card are Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink and Smoky Slate – I love how the colours work together and of course it is based on my favourite colour! The card base is Fresh Freesia, stamped over using a background stamp in Fresh Freesia too.
I wanted to try and stick to this sketch as much as possible, but really struggled to incorporate the three small circles you can see, so I kind of left them out, giving a token nod to them with the three rhinestones I added.
The patterned paper is from a Sale-A-Bration reward set, called Dandy Designs. There is some lovely bright and cheerful designs here and a whopping 48 sheets in a pack! I just love the colours and the designs. I wanted a smaller piece though, so made the smaller panel in the middle, with some of the purple glimmer paper and a white mat to make it stand out.
To colour the cake and to make it look three dimensional, I used the light and dark Fresh Freesia and the colour lifter. I started by colouring the darkest marker on the left and the right, then using the lighter marker to blend this in and bringing it in to the lightest area in the centre. I actually left a little bit of white in the middle and then used the colour lifter to blend the lightest marker into the white space.
I hope you are inspired to try making a handmade birthday card of your own, and if you need more inspiration, why not check out the links below to head to the other blogs.
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There are two options for this course, a product based option (available UK only) and an online only option (available WORLDWIDE). The online only version is £70 and the product based version is £180 – for which you get access to the whole course, the course guide, £180 worth of product (4 stamp sets and 21 Stampin’ Blends) Sale-A-Bration goodies and free postage too.
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