Bright birthday card tutorial | by Jeni

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Hi, today is The Little Paper Tree’s 6th birthday and the day we move back into our newly refurbished office studio. I have a bright birthday card using a few of my favourite brands, Sunshine Bee Designs digi stamps, Catherine Pooler inks and Trinity Stamps dies.



Using Digi Stamps

First, I print Bella Bear Bee and Bella Bear Honey Pot onto Neenah Solar white card. I use Copic markers for the main colouring but use Polychromos pencils to add detail and shading. (We were in the middle of moving out of this room and I did not note which markers or pencils I used). I fussy cut out both the coloured bears leaving a small border as I prefer the look a white border gives, and it saves me from trying to cut around the bees antennas!


Swinked Background

The background for this card is very quick. I pick two green ink pads: Garden Party and Grass Skirt, and three blue inks, It’s a Boy, Fiesta Blue and Something Borrowed. I swink each colour starting with the lightest ink pad to create a daytime scene. My card for the background is Bristol Smooth. I have compared swinking on both Bristol card and Neenah card here and here.  Both give different but beautiful effects (this also depends on how juicy your ink pads are).




Finishing the card

Next, I die cut the cloud and sun from Rainbow Funshine die. Leave the clouds the white card, and use the direct to paper method for a bright sun with Tiara ink pad. Then stamp the sentiment in black ink. “Have a beary great” from Happy Bears stamp set, and “birthday” from Happy Birthday Many Ways stamp set. Finally, adhere to an A2 sized card base and the bright birthday card is finished.


I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial and I will be back with card video tutorials very soon. Would you be interested in a craft room tour?


The card and ink crafting supplies are listed here with the basic supplies for card making here


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*Swinked or swinking is the technique when you gently pull your ink pad across your card. Watch card tutorials that use swinking here.

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