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Three Amigos

Our lovely Godson celebrated his first birthday recently so I looked through my stash to find something suitable for a 1st birthday card.  The Three Amigos set by Mama Elephant caught my eye as I thought I could stack the critters to create a number 1. 

Upon further consideration, I decided that it wouldn’t be obvious that the stack was number 1 so I created a one-shaped card in Design Space and cut it out on my Cricut Maker, together with a couple of layers.

Next, I stamped the critters and coloured them with my Copic markers.  I stamped the sentiments and added a tiny heart from another stamp set.

Using the matching dies, I cut out the critters.  Since the critters would stick out from the No.1 and the Copic markers bleed through the card, I cut additional die cuts from the card base to cover the back of the colouring.

The animals didn’t reach the top of the card so I cut a little section of white card and stencilled clouds on it.  I die cut 2 lengths of ‘grass’ for the base.

Lastly, I popped the critters up on foam pads and added foam pads to the top layer of grass. 

To add a little more dimension to the characters, I finished them with some clear Nuvo drops on the eyes, noses and the hearts.

Simple Bunnies

These cards were another batch made for the Lavinia Birthday Club.  I had a few new purchases so wanted to have a play with them. 

To begin, I masked off a section with sticky notes and added some pink ink using blending brushes.

Next, I used the Leaf mask to add some pattern over and around the panel.

I stamped the bunny (well, I think it’s technically a hare…) in the corner and used a black fine liner to add some grass to ground the bunny. 

Each panel was mounted onto black and coloured mat layers and the cards finished with a few Nuvo Drops.

Quick, simple, pretty cards that would also work as Easter cards.

Giraffe Birthday Shaker

This card was for my friend who had recently painted a giraffe at her art class.  I’m not capable of drawing a giraffe but it was a good excuse to dig out a stamp set that I’ve not used for a while, Party Animal by W Plus 9.

To form the layers for the card, I die cut some stacking rectangles using Waffle Flower’s Lacy Layers Dies.  Since I wanted a shaker element to the card, I die cut the balloon using the dies that match the stamp set.

The balloon was stamped on the background piece and I added a sentiment from one of the Anita Jeram sets.  I inked around the edge of the balloon to try to give some illusion of 3D form but once the sequins are in, this isn’t obvious so I’d probably skip this step next time.

On the top layer, I stamped one of the giraffes and coloured him with Copic markers.  Using a fine liner, I added a few grassy patches and a string to the balloon tied to the giraffe’s tail.

Rather than use foam strips to form the shaker window, I cut a whole panel from fun foam and cut out the balloon.  This gives a lot more support to the rest of the front panel too.

After adhering a piece of acetate behind the balloon hole on the front panel, I glued the foam onto the back of it.  I then placed a few sequins and a little glitter onto the centre of the balloon, out the way of the edges so they didn’t interfere with the glue, and stuck the front panel on top.  I stamped the other giraffe in the set on the inside of the card and the envelope.