Local King Sea Life Card

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Seahorse Birthday Card using Local King Sea Life Stamp Set!

Today, I am sharing a Birthday card I made for my Uncle.  Cards for the men in our lives are always a challenge aren’t they? My Uncle is an artist and the sea has been the focus of a majority of his paintings.  I felt that a card with a “Sea” type theme was a good choice.

  1. Using Local King Sea Life (5) Stamps, color Seahorse stamps with markers and stamp on GLOSSY paper.  The blending of colors will not work on matte or absorbent paper.  Fussy cut both Seahorses and put aside.
  2. On matte, white cardstock, create background with 3 different colors of Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads. I used Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet.  Apply random drops of water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks – this helps further the impression of water.
  3. Stamp Techniquejunkies Sea Waves Stamp #S628 background waves in Tsukineko Versafine Ink Pad Deep Lagoon.
  4. Cut random “seaweed” shapes from matte white paper and color to taste (I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens markers in Olive and Brown tones.  Attach to card with Liquitex Matte Gel Medium.
  5. Attach seahorses with tape dots
  6. Stamp the sentiment from  Darcie’s Heart and Home #POL2016 Ocean Pals Stamp Set
  7. I finished the card by applying random small dots from a white paint pen. 

If you haven’t used any of the Local King stamps with their awesome technique of coloring the stamp with markers, head over to their site Local King Rubber Stamps.  They have lots of great videos!

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Balloon Birthday Card by Anna Forrest

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Anna Forrest, an Australian/American currently living in Queensland, Australia has brought us this lovely Birthday Card!  Like many of us she has had many crafty hobbies over the years.

Anna starting scrapbooking in 2005 while on maternity leave with her middle child, but,  has focused on card making since about 2010.  A woman with a busy life has GOT to make some choices!

This featured card was created using the “Birthday Balloons” and “Big Birthday Wishes” stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp.

  1. Use Distress Ink in a soft color to create a subtle background on watercolor paper.
  2. To create each balloon, ink only the EDGES of the stamp by “rolling it” on a Distress Pad, then stamp.  This produces a stamped image where the edges have a lot of ink but the center is mostly ink-free.
  3. After all balloons are stamped, use a brush with a small amount of water and drag some of the Distress Ink towards the center to create a watercolor look.
  4. Use a Distress Marker to draw in the strings for each balloon.
  5. Stamp the sentiment and emboss with a coordinated embossing powder
  6. Layer onto mirror animal print paper and done!   BEAUTIFUL!!!

Our thanks to Anna for sharing!  You can find more of Anna’s work at Anna Forrest’s Facebook Page

Products used:

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons Stamp Set

Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes Stamp Set

Distress Inks and Markers and more!!! Rangerink.com

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Mixed Media Flower Birthday Card

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Needed a Birthday Card for my lovely daughter! I created a background on heavy cardstock using stencils, Gelatos, embossing powder, die cuts and a script stamp.

Once my background was finished and dry (I let it dry overnight between two pieces of parchment paper), I die cut the flower out of the background.

Then I colored a piece of paper to coordinate (I use pages torn from an old dictionary) and glued it to the back, allowing it to peek through the opening created by the die.

Finally, I layered with a dark red cardstock onto white cardstock to finish. Done!