Hiya, crafty humans! Today I have some bright, fun cards that I made for some equally bright and fun tiny humans’ birthday. Since one of the cards was for my nephew’s first birthday, I decided to use the same airplane stamp I used for the thank you card set I made and gifted his mom at his baby shower. If you want to read more about how I created them, you can click on the links: Thank You Card Set and Thank You Card Gift Folder.
The other two cards I made for my daughter and our friends’ daughters’ second birthday. I was super excited I finally got to break out those cute little sweeties from Mama Elephant’s Little Girl Agenda Stamp Set.
I have to apologize for the quality of the photos in today’s post. It was an abnormally bright day in Ireland (one I can assure you I’m not used to dealing with very often!) and as I had to send the airplane card overseas, I had to take the photos right then. When I went to draft this post, I realized I really should retake the photos of the other two cards because I just couldn’t handle how bright they were. So, of course, it was a super cloudy day when I went to take the rest of the pictures! *Sigh* What can you do, right? 🙂
Let’s get started on making today’s cards.
For all three cards, I used Simon Says Stamp Stripe Builder Stamps to create the rainbow lines on the bottom of the card. I used a technique of inking my stamps with multiple colors to achieve a smooth rainbow blend with one stamp. I used my Misti to ensure I could repeatedly stamp in the same place more than once. Part of creating a smooth blend of multiple colors is stamping that image multiple times with each color. Also, that largest stripe has a lot of surface area to cover with ink, and regardless of the quality of the stamp (which of course as a Simon Says Stamp, its superior quality), having a stamping tool makes it super easy to stamp repeatedly in the exact same place to ensure you get a perfectly stamped image.
I chose which stripes I wanted to use and lined them up in my Misti. I inked them with the first color just shy of halfway (I tend to not go for symmetry as it’s more pleasing to the eye to work in thirds.) and before stamping onto the card I dabbed the edge (where my ink stopped) with a dry tissue. This will help to soften the lines between the layers of colors so they blend better. I typically would stamp one color once, then the second color on the rest of the stripe. Then I’d repeat this process so the two colors could overlap and blend a small bit. It was handy having the Misti because I could stamp all three stripes (of the same color) in the one go.
For the plane card, I wanted clouds in the background to give it a little oomph without taking away from all the other colors and images. To do this, I used My Favorite Things’ Puffy Cloud Dies. BUT, instead of setting up my Cuttlebug like I would to actually cut the clouds out, I set it up as I would like when I’m using an embossing folder. You might see that I have a cloud on the bottom left that seems to get cut off and doesn’t run over the stripe. To achieve this, I used a partial die cutting technique (or partial embossing technique if you will) to create this effect. In order to do this you simply need to make sure your top plate isn’t covering what you don’t want cut/embossed before running through your die cutting machine.
If you look closely you’ll see there’s a slight impression of an embossed numeral one in the background from when I accidentally left the die cut there when I was embossing my background. Luckily it was left in a place where I considered gluing it down, so I used the plane and die cut clouds to “hide” it somewhat. I didn’t worry about it too much because it’s honestly hardly noticeable in real life.
I gave the die cut clouds a little bit of shading using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and an Ink Duster. The faces came from the stamp set included in Hero Arts February 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit. I stamped the plane using Avery Elle’s Fly By Stamp, and colored it in using Copic Markers. I adhered this, and the clouds, to my panel with foam tape.
I created the age badge using a scalloped circle hole punch on black cardstock. Then I sprayed it with Crafter’s Companion Spray and Sparkle in Irredescent to give it a colorful, sparkly effect. I used Mama Elephant’s Number It Die to cut the numeral one, three times out of Neenah Solar White Cardstock, then adhered them all together. I colored it in with Copics, then covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents to make it shine and stand out. I set that aside for a few hours to let dry. I cut out a circle from craft foam and used double-sided tape to attach them together, and then to the card base. Once the 1 was dry, I used a liquid adhesive to adhere it to the badge.
To finish the card off, I cut a strip of Lawn Fawn Peacock cardstock and adhered it on one side of the panel (which I trimmed down enough so I had a border) on an A2 card base. I paired with a matching envelope and that was that card done!
The next two cards feature Mama Elephant’s Little Girl Agenda (along with Simon Says Stamp Basic Stripes Stamp using the same two-toned stamping as done for airplane card.) The rest of the cards were made in much the same way with a few variations.
Instead of embossing clouds into my background, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Tiny Spaced Hearts Stencil. I used the same process of dry embossing using a die as explained above. Since the stencil is a bit thinner than dies and embossing folders, I used a few shims (made from scrap cardboard from cereal boxes) to ensure I got a good impression and you could clearly see the hearts.)
Same as before, I wanted to make sure the hearts didn’t dip into the stripes I made. So, I made sure to keep the stencil above the top stripe and I kept a close eye on it as I ran it through my Cuttlebug. I didn’t want the very bottom of the stencil to pass through the rollers as it would also make an embossed line impression where the stencil ended (below my stripe.) I also used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Border Dies to add details to a few of the rainbow stripes. I am delighted I took the few extra minutes to add them because I really think that tiny detail takes the card to a new level and gives it a professional (aka store-bought) quality.
For the number badge, I used again used the Number It Die from Mama Elephant. This time I cut it out of some decorative paper from Stampin’ Up!, as well as two additional times on Neenah Solar White, and then glued them all together. I coated the top with a heavy covering of Glossy Accents and set aside to dry for a good while. I made the rest of the badge exactly the same as above except I used red craft foam under the scalloped circle.
I made two different set of girls based on the recipients – one with blonde hair and the other with brown hair. In keeping with the rainbow theme, I colored their dresses and accessories using (you guessed it!) rainbow colors. 🙂 I fussy cut the girls out (which took no time at all they are so small!) then adhered them in a somewhat rainbow order (of course!) throughout the rainbow stripes using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.
I wish I could’ve captured the georgous sparkle that spray gave the black cardstock. It was fab in real life! And because I loved it so much, I used in on the card base also. I cut a card base sized to create an A2 card then masked off on the scoreline (so I wouldn’t get sparkle spray on the back) and gave the card front a good spray. I trimmed and 1/8″ off each side of my rainbow panel and adhered to the sparkly base using a strong liquid adhesive. The sparkle is amazing but does leave a bit of texture on the card and I found double sided tape didn’t really hold up over time so I find the Ranger Multi Matte Medium to work best. Just a thin layer and you’re good to go!
I love how cute these cards turned out and had so much fun making them!
That’s all I have for you today. Thanks so much for stopping by and…
See Y’all next time!
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Mama Elephant: Little Girl Agenda Stamp, Number It Die, Mojito Pigment Ink, Lemongrass Pigment Ink
Avery Elle: Fly By Stamp
Simon Says Stamp: Basic Stripes Stamp, Black Cardstock, Tiny Spaced Heats Stencil
My Favorite Things: Puffy Cloud Dies
Lawn Fawn: Stitched Borders Dies, Stamp Shammy
Copic Sketch Markers: E50, E53, E55, E57, BV000, R20, YG23, YG17, BG01, BG05, V01, V15, Y11, Y15, YR14, YR18, R32, R35, RV29, RV69
Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade
Tattered Lace: Cicle Nesting Dies
Artemo: 1.5″ Scallop Punch
Stampin’ UP!: Cherry on Top 6×6 Paper Stack
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Multi Matte Medium
Hero Arts MMH February 2017 Kit (cloud faces), Neenah Solar White 80lb Card, 15mm Be Creative Tape, Crafter’s Companion Spray & Sparkle Irridescant, Fiskar’s 12″ Paper Trimmer, Tonic 5″ Scissors, Cricut Cuttlebug Machine V2, Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing Pan, Cricut Cuttlebug C Plate, Misti Stamping Tool, 3M Foam Tape, Scrapbook Adhesives Black Foam Tape, Purple & Red Craft Foam, Wink of Stella, Memento Tuxedo Black