Friday, July 21, 2017

Have a Seal-y Great Birthday!

Today's card was inspired by sketch #221 @ Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and will be entered @ Stampotique Designers for "Use Tape" and @ Seize the Birthday for "Splatter". 

This super cute card was made by starting with a lilac top folding vertical A2 sized card front and lining up strips of coordinating washi tape across the card bottom to mimic the banner flags from the sketch.

Using a stamp set from Close To My Heart, I stamped the seal scene piece by piece in archival ink with the aid of a stamp positioning tool. ( I did test the stamp positions out first on a piece of scrap paper  to make sure I was happy with their placement)

I chose watercolor crayons to color this time, blending them with a blender pen and topping the birthday banner and beach ball with clear Wink of Stella shimmer. Using a black micron pigma pen, I free hand drew the horizon line along the bottom to help ground the design.

I then fussy cut out the identical scene I had first stamped on scrap paper to use as my mask while splattering the beautiful FSJ Silk. When that was dry, I then sent my colored square through my diecutting machine four times to add the straight stitched edge (die set from Lawn Fawn) around the perimeter.

To make the flower embellishment, I sponged pink dye ink and Wink of Stella over a white paper flower and then layered a smaller flower punched from vellum with a mini white brad to the middle. The darker lavender strip was mounted on the card front with a full strip of foam tape, which allowed me to make the indented texture in it with a ball tipped stylus for added detail and dimension. The last step for the card front was to heat emboss the "happy birthday" sentiment across the bottom of the card 3 times in Pearl white powder.

Inside I simply stamped a retired TAC birthday wishes and accented it with a GellyRoll Stardust pen and a snippet of washi tape left over from the front.

that's it for today...until next time~


  1. A cutie!
    Thanks for joining the Stampotique Challenge.
    xoxo Yvonne

  2. Awesome use of Washi tape - such a sweet birthday card! Thanks so much for joining the Stampotique Challenge, Kathy!

  3. lovely Card!Thanks for joining the Stampotique Designers Challenge. Sternenglanz x

  4. Adorable! Love this! Thanks so much for playing along with Atlantic Hearts!

  5. Loved your detailed post Kathy. Great steps for a beautiful result x Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique

    1. thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look - I love getting the positive feedback! :)

  6. Love seeing the process you used to make this cute project! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stampotique!
    Val :)

  7. Love everything about it, the embossing of the wavey sentiment at the bottom, and the floral is really pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC.

  8. Great card, Kathy! There are so many interesting details and elements that I've had to take a second - and third - look. I love how you used the Stardust pen with the stamped sentiment, very eye catching! Thanks for sharing with us this week at AHSC.

  9. Great use of all of the bits of tape! So sweet! Thanks for playing along with Stampotique!

  10. So cute!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique :)

    xx Arwen

  11. Very cute card! Thanks for joining the Stampotique Challenge! xo Cheetarah

  12. Cute and lovely colours
    Thank you for joining the Stampotique Challenge
    Jools x

  13. Love your splattered background. Great idea for the washi tape too! Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.