Hello Summer! Keeping Cool with Color: Happy Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends. Can you believe it’s already June? I’m not sure where the time is going, but I’m trying to keep it happy and crafty. This week’s project is a colorful and fun design that I actually posted in FB group. There was some interest shown, so I decided to remake it on video and share it.

I started off by foiling the sentiment, “wishing you a Cool Birthday” using the Cricut on a card front, slightly smaller than an A2 card. I really love having the ability to really personalize my sentiments for each project and the foil does come out lovely.

Next, I used a custom stencil (also created with the Cricut) with some wonky shapes to ink blend a quick rainbow of colors. I didn’t really try for a smooth blend, however, I did overlap colors to create some transitions. I also added some gold splatter using a mix of Gold Perfect Pearls and water.

To create the ice cream cones, I used the Lawn Fawn mini set Sweetest Flavor and stamped the cones onto a white piece of card stock using Black Intense ink. This stamp is really easy to use with an acrylic block. I inked up the image with a few taps of the ink pad and then firmly pressed the image to the paper. The trick to getting nice impressions is holding the stamp to the paper for a few seconds to allow the ink to transfer, especially dye inks.

I colored the images using Copic colors. I followed my usual light to dark method of coloring. I wanted to create a white high light toward the center of the ice cream scoop. Since the scope has a rounded shape, I applied darker color around the edge of the shape and worked my way into the middle using a curving motion and a light hand. I used very little ink on the center and blended it out further using a colorless blender to achieve that white highlight I was looking for.

I color coordinated my card base by ink blending a rainbow boarder. I attached the the card base using liquid glue and everything else using foam tape. Once I assembled my card, I added some clear sequins to add a bit of sparkle.

If you are interested in seeing how I created this card, you can watch the video here:

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