When will we arrive! One layer Card with Masking

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Hello, I have a fun card to share with you today.  I love this cute little 4×3″ stamp so I thought I would make a general Happy Birthday card, however this stamp is so versatile that it can be used for many occasions when you have a group of friends coming together.



On a piece of Bristol smooth card which I trimmed to 12cm x 9cm, I stamped the bus and critters with black archival ink, as I knew I was going to use the zig markers to colour in the images. As this is the best card and ink to use with these markers.  The bus was stamped in the center near the bottom of the landscape card. At the back of the bus, near the exhaust I stamped the large puff of smoke and a smaller puff of smoke a little further away.


Creating The Road

I drew a curvy line at the front and back of the bus with my precision pen to give the bus a road to be driving along.   Use a mask to cover the bus and carefully cut out the window sections around all the critters – otherwise these areas would stay white and not be ink blended the same as the background.  The puffs of smoke were also masked off.


Ink Blended Background

I used Tumbled Glass distress ink for the sky being careful around the critters and Antique Linen for the road, and I applied the ink to my scene using the mini blending foam pads.

When I was happy with the colour of the sky and road I removed the masks and started colouring the images with my zig markers.  The colours used will be listed and linked list below.  Also coloured in the puffs of smoke at the back of the bus.


Detail & Finishing The Card

To give the presents a little interest I used a white gel pen adding dots and lines. I used the sentiment ‘Happy Birthday’ and stamped with archival ink near the top right side of the card.  This was then attached to a card base 14cm x 11cm leaving a small white area around all sides.

Do you have any birthdays you need to make some cards for?


Want to find these supplies?


Avery Elle Birthday Bus



Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress 

Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress

Ranger Archival Jet Black / Refill



Strathmore Bristol

Bazzill Marshmallow



American Crafts .03 Precision Pen

Sakura White Gel Pen

Zig Clean Colour Real Brush




Stix 2 Tape Runner



Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Ranger Craft Mat

Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks

Fiskars A4 Trimmer


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