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Make a Splash

Hi everyone, today I would like to share this fun boy birthday card project with you all.

Step 1:

I started my project by stamping two of the images from the Whimsy Stamps “Hippo Beach Fun” stamp set onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface Paper using black ink and I heat embossed afterwards using clear embossing powder. This way my lines stay black and crisp no matter how much water I add.

As for today’s colouring medium I will use my Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.

I used the following colours: Flint and Charcoal for the hippo’s; as well as Amber, Orchid, Prussian Blue, Sage, Evergreen, Lake Blue, Desert and Marigold. I use these markers in combination with my water brush and I keep adding layers until I’m happy with the result. After the colouring is done I added back in some highlights using a white gel pen.

Next I fussy cut the image leaving a small border and I added some Ranger Gossy Accents over the glass parts and let that dry.

Step 2:

Next I can work on my background panels: for this I die cut two panels from creme card stock, each two sizes smaller than my card base. Onto these panels I stamp my sentiments using black ink: today I used one of the smaller sentiments from the mentioned Whimsy Stamps stamp set as well as the larger sentiment from the SugarPea Designs “JukeBox Jive” stamp set.

Next I placed my stencil of choice, this one is TCW733s, over each panel and applied two colours of ink over the stencil, to create the suggestion of sea and sand in the background. For this I used Spectrum Noir Water-Reactive ink in the colours “Sandstorm” and “Oasis”, applying the ink over the stencil using a foam applicator tool. I also created some splatters using the Spectrum Noir AquaTint in “Biscuit” (from the Afternoon Tea set), using a brush.

Step 3:

Now I’m ready to put my cards together. I die cut two slightly larger rectangle panels from matching purple card stock and adhered both rectangle panels together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered onto a creme coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. And to finish my projects I now only have to adhere the coloured and fussy cut image on top also using one millimetre thick foam tape.

And that is it for today’s boy birthday card project! I wish you a creative day!

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