A Very Special Birthday

The daughter of a friend of mine will be celebrating her first birthday this week. Naturally, that calls for a card! Since she seems to love animals already, I decided a critter card would be perfect.

Mel's Card Corner | Baby's First Birthday

I started the card by doing a bit of masking and stamping three of the critters and a couple of accessories from the Baby Party Animals stamp set by Simon Says Stamp using their Intense Black ink. I colored all of the images using various Copic markers. The sentiment and large one image are from the Number of Years stamp set by Stampin’ Up. I stamped the sentiment using the same Intense Black ink and stamped the large one using Melon Mambo ink from Stampin’ Up which coordinates with the cardstock I used for the card base.

Mel's Card Corner | Baby's First Birthday

Next, I used the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits to cut out the large one using my Big Shot. To give the die cut one a bit of pop, I added a lot of random flicking motion using the BG0000 Copic marker to created a soft field of color then adhered the die cut using some Dimensionals. Since I wanted the card to have a bit of sparkle, I added a layer of clear Wink of Stella to the balloon, present, and the large one then added a coat of Glossy Accents over the balloon and present.

Mel's Card Corner | Baby's First Birthday

To decorate the inside of the card, I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Numbers of years stamp set. Once again, I stamped it using the Intense Black ink from SSS. I also added the small balloon image from the Baby Party Animals set as an accent in the corner. I stamped it using Smoky Slate ink from Stampin’ Up then added a layer of clear Wink of Stella to it as well.

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Until next time …

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  1. MaggieB says:

    Hi Melissa ~ Such a fun grouping of cards!! Very nicely done and the critters are adorable!! Love the colorful umbrellas too!!

  2. Virginia L. says:

    Your masking is MASTERFUL!! I love the dimensions that you have achieved with the three cuties! ( they look SO 3D!). Love this so much, Melissa! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Mask It” Challenge! Bravo!

  3. Brinda says:

    Hi….ur cards are very simple n sweet…..easy to make as well……but here in India we dn’t get stampin up products ……..

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