Seize the Birthday – Water


Hello there!  I’m back with my third guest designer card for Seize the Birthday.  As always, the challenge is Anything Goes Birthday with an optional topping.  The optional topping this fortnight is Water.



I used a couple of new / unused stamp sets to create this birthday card for my dad.  His birthday is at the end of this month.



I purchased this really cool layering Wave stamp set last month and couldn’t think of a better time to use it.  It is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, layering stamp sets I’ve used.  So to start, stamped the wave layers with Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue and Sapphire dye inks on an A2 size Whisper White panel.  Then die cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle.




Next, stamped the surfing shark on X-press It paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  With no matching dies offered, I fussy cut it out.  Black heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.  Mounted the panel onto a white card base with white fun foam, and then adhered the shark with mounting tape to finish.




Initially I couldn’t decide which surfing shark to use, so I stamped and coloured them both.  It seemed like such a waste not to use the other shark, so I stamped a wave background in portrait style, black heat embossed a different sentiment… and voila! completed a masculine birthday card to add to my stash!



That does it for me, but click HERE to see the wonderful cards the design team at Seize the Birthday have made to inspire you to join in.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a super day!







Always Happy Birthday  — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
The Male Room — 5th Birthday
Creative with Stamps — #29 Father
That’s Crafty — Animal Magic
Moving Aong with the Times — #77 For the Boys








Less is More #330 Shimmer

Happy Saturday everyone!  Challenge #330 at Less is More starts today and it’s all about Shimmer.  Our sponsor this month is Uniko.










The floral image was stamped on the bottom of a white A2 panel with London Fog Memento ink.  Once again, I decided to keep them non-coloured, but still wanted dimension, so I did a bit of shading with C1and C3 Gray Copic markers.  Smile was die cut from Pink Pirouette cardstock, sponged with Melon Mambo ink for an Ombré effect then stacked on black fun foam for dimension.  The other part of the sentiment was stamped in black on a white strip.  The top and bottom edges were traced with a black marker to make it stand out.  Finally, clear sparkle was added to the smile diecut.  This is my favourite and easiest way to add shimmer to any project.  The panel was adhered to a top white folding card base and Sparkly gumdrops finished the card.


I am playing in the following challenges:
STAMPlorationsMay 2017 Cutplorations
CAS Colours & SketchesSketch #224
STAMPlorations – May 2017 Anything CAS Goes optional color twist Feminine Colors
STAMPlorations – Anything STAMPlorations Goes (smile stamp & die)
Tuesday Throwdown#344 Anything Goes






The emboss resist technique was used to create this card.  The fireworks were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on a white A2 panel.  I don’t own any colour pigment inks, so the coloured ones were first inked and stamped with dye inks, then stamped overtoo with VersaMark to be heat embossed.  The MISTI was essential to this step.  Black Soot distress ink was then blended with a mini blending tool over the entire piece, leaving it lighter at the bottom.  Excess ink was then wiped with a tissue.  For shimmer, it was sprayed with a DIY shimmer spray created with water and Perfect Pearls.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show how sparkly it is IRL. Once the panel was completely dry, the sentiment was white heat embossed.  The panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a city border die cut from black cardstock was added to the bottom to finish,


I am playing in the following challenges:
CASology – Week 250 Loud (fireworks, cities, parties)
Inkspirational – #135 Urban
Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes Birthday optional topping Something Sweet
Modsquad – Birthday Bash



For more ideas to play along, check out my team’s personal blogs, which can be accessed from the LIM blog post HERE.  Please remember to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a great day!