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Birthday Greetings! | Whimsy Stamps

This stamp set isn't a new one for me, but is certainly one I enjoy creating cards and tags with. Today's card is a mini slimline card, not sure why I don't use this size more often!

I started with a scrap piece of watercolor paper that I taped to a watercolor hardbord so that it will remain flat when I start applying copious amounts of water to it. Since I planned to use the Whimsy Stamps "Black Hole" stamp set, I decided to create a nebula or galaxy background and this can be created easily with watercolor paints. For my paints, I chose to use the Mijello Mission Gold paints and chose the colors Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Hue No. 1, Indigo, Black, and Yellow Green. After the paints were applied, I used Winsor & Newton white gouache and a toothbrush to make my white starry layer.

I stamped the images I wanted to use for the card front from the Whimsy Stamps "Black Hole" stamp set using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink so that the ink wouldn't smear when I started coloring them with Copic markers. The Copic markers I used are: for the alien, YG17, YG03, and YG01 - for the balloon, BG07, BG15, and BG32. After coloring the images, I fussy cut them out and applied Simon Says Stamp black, high loft (.08") 3D Foam Squares to the backs so they would really pop from the watercolored background panel.

For the sentiment, I used the Pinkfresh "Perfect Sentiments" stamp/die/hot foil set to stamp out the Happy Birthday sentiment and then die cut the words and made three additional die cuts for layering out of My Favorite Things' Limelight cardstock. I glued those layers together for a dimensional sentiment.

I die cut the watercolor panel using Honey Bee Stamps' "Sweet Stacks Mini Slimline" dies using the second to largest die in the set. Next, I cut a 6"x6" piece of the My Favorite Things' Limelight cardstock and scored it down the middle at 3" with my Scor-Buddy, folded it in half and used the bone folder to reinforce the fold... this created my mini slimline card base.

I put strips of Simon Says Stamps' Big Momma Foam tape to the back of the watercolor panel and adhered it to the card base and adhered the sentiment and images to the card front panel. My last task was to apply Ranger Glossy Accents to the alien's eyes and the balloon.

That completes this fun outer space themed birthday card, I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time... happy making!

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