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Go Bananas!

Hi everyone, today I’m showing you this quick and cute birthday card that is suitable for either a boy or a girl! Let’s get started!

Step 1:

I started my project by stamping the monkey, the branch and the bananas from the SugarPea Designs stamp set called “Chunky Monkey” onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface Paper using Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and I heat embossed afterwards using Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Clearly Clear” embossing powder. This makes the lines stay black and crisp no matter how much water I add. Use an anti-static powder tool before stamping the image so that the embossing powder will only stick to the ink (and not where your fingers, for example, have touched the paper).

I coloured the images using the following Lindy’s Stamp Gang colours, in combination with water and a small brush: Mission Bells Brown, Opal Sea Oats and Canadian Bacon Blush for the monkey, Yellow Rose of Texas for the bananas and Beaver Tail Brown in combination with Emerald Eh?! for the branch.

When the colouring is done and dry I added some highlights using a white Gelly Roll Pen and I fussy cut the images leaving a small border. I cut in the tail of the monkey so it would look more like his tail is wrapped around the branch and glued them together.

Step 2:

For my background I die cut a rectangle panel, two sizes smaller than my card base, from watercolour paper. On this panel I first stamped my sentiment, from the same stamp set as the monkey, using Archival “Jet Black” ink and than applied some The Crafter’s Workshop “Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste” over a TCW stencil (TCW899s) using a palette knife and set that aside to dry.

When dry I applied some of the green Emerald Eh?! colour that I used on the leaves from the branch on the background panel after first spraying it slightly with water. I used a brush to apply the green pigment, this way I have better control over how much and where I apply the colour. Next I spray with more water which makes the colour run, when happy I dried with my heat tool.

Next I applied some of the Yellow Rose of Texas colour in the same way (with a brush), sprayed with water and let the colour run into the green, so that there are no hard edges around the outside edges of the stencilled mandala shape. And I finished with another layer of the green colour to make the heart of the mandala darker. You can add as many layers as you like!

To add another fun element into my background I splattered with Finetec Pearl Colors in the colour “Indian Summer” (Coliro GmbH) and set aside to dry.

Step 3:

Time to put my card together: I die cut a slightly larger mat from some matching orange card stock and adhered both rectangle panels together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered to a crème coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.

And to finish my card project I only have to adhere the monkey/branch and the bananas to the card also using one millimetre thick foam tape!

Detail picture:

And that is it for today’s fun and easy card project! I wish you a creative day!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang products used:

- Embossing Powder: Clearly Clear;

- Magicals: Opal Sea Oats, Mission Bells Brown;

- Spray: Yellow Rose of Texas;

- Squirts: Canadian Bacon Blush; Beaver Tail Brown, Emerald Eh?!

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