Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Happy Birthday (From All of Us..Critters)!

Hi there! Today's card is one that I hope will delight a friend whose birthday passed a little while ago. A group of us is planning to surprise her with it at an upcoming (non-birthday) party.

Happy Birthday (from the critters)

To make this sherbet-y card, I first created the watercolour background on a piece of watercolour cardstock, which I taped down to a clipboard to prevent warping (I can't say this did the job very well). I smooshed several Distress Ink pads on a slick surface, picked up the pigment with a wet paintbrush and painted the background in alternating and somewhat blended strokes. As it dried, I set to work on my critters, which I stamped out from several Lawn Fawn sets, including Gleeful Gardens (the snails), Year Four (the hippo and little birdie), and Love You Tons (the pink elephant). I watercoloured them using couple of watercolour mediums listed below.

Once the watercolour panel was dry, I white heat embossed a sentiment from Avery Elle's Cake & Candles stamp set, which is full of fun and classic birthday sentiments. It didn't stand out to my liking, so I went over the area with another layer of Distress Ink to darken the background. Next, I die cut some balloons from card stock in complimentary colours, and used a mini ink blending tool to rub some Distress Ink along the edges to give the balloons dimension. Once everything was dry, I adhered the elements to the background using foam tape, and used a sparkly gel pen to draw in the balloon strings. A little Wink of Stella on the balloons finished this card off!

Happy Birthday (from the critters)

I have entered this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #124 Celebration!


  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Tumbled Glass
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles dies
  • Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Gleeful Gardens, Year Four, Love You Tons
  • Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours
  • Avery Elle Cake & Candles stamps
  • Card Stock: Fabriano 90 lb watercolour, Recollections
  • Paper Smooches Balloon dies
  • Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Inks: Versafine Black Onyx
  • Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen


  1. Super cute card, love all the soft colors you used.

  2. I love the colors on this card! Thanks for joining us at the Lawnscaping Challenge! -Jessica

  3. Awe, how cute is this! Love the critters holding the balloons!

  4. Such a sweet scene with the critters and balloons. Love your soft color combination too!