Alcohol Markers, Birthday, Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Heat Embossing, Ink Blending, Summer

Happy Bird-day To You!

Hello! Hello! I’m back today with the third project in this month’s tutorial mini series featuring a tropical stamp & die collection designed by Kat Uno for Catherine Pooler Designs. If you’d like to start at the beginning of this series, check out the first post HERE. Otherwise, let’s get started…

Step 1: Ink Blending

Just like the other two cards, I started by blending ink over a top folding blank white notecard (3.75″x5.25″) using foam blending tools. I used a bit of masking tape at the top to protect the back of the card from stray ink. I placed the lightest color in the center on a diagonal and transitioned out with the darkest color ending up in the top left and bottom right corners.

(Note: I end up cutting the front of this notecard off, so if you’re following along, you only need a flat panel for this step.)

Step 2: Stamp & Emboss

I knew I wanted to create an oval window on this card with a bit of a colorful edge showing around the border, so I stamped leaves from “In the Tropics” with clear embossing ink around the outer edge and center. I heat set the leaf images with white embossing powder.

Step 3: Splatter

Also as before, I took the card over to my trash can where I could safely flick white pigment, blue acrylic, and clear sparkly ink over the entire panel.

Step 4: Layout Planning

While the panel dried, I laid out the design elements of my card.

A piece of linen textured cardstock was trimmed to 27/8” x 43/8“. and an oval die was used to cut a window through the center. Two birds, a branch, and speech bubble were picked from the die cuts I cut & colored at the start of this mini series.

Step 5: Assembly

Foam adhesive, was added to the back of the oval frame and die cut elements in places where they would hang over the window opening.

After the oval frame was attached to the card front, the die cut elements were added with a few spots of liquid glue.

(Note: I trimmed a sliver off the end of the branch die, so it would be flush with the edge of the white cardstock frame.)

Step 6: Card Base

At this point the card could be finished, but I felt like it needed a more defined & crisp border like the other cards I already created for this set.

So, I trimmed an A2 card panel down to 37/8” x 51/4“. I then cut the front of the notecard off and attached it to my new card base using adhesive tape.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

For the finishing touch, embellishment was added to the birds using a white gel pen and a few sequins were adhered.

If you’d like to see more projects, please visit my Gallery. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube as well. I hope you come back soon to see the next project, or subscribe for automatic email updates. Until next time… stay crafty!

– Laura Evangeline

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