04 October 2020

Have 'Yourselfie' a Very Happy Birthday

Morning, crafty peeps - I hope you're having a great weekend. Thought I'd just pop in with a quick post and a fun card.

There's a well-known fact in the crafting world that it is always a challenge to create cards for men. This is not because they're a fussy bunch, but simply that there are far fewer products on the market to inspire us. However, I recently picked up the Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set from MFT Stamps and this set is perfect for cards for boys and men of all ages. I love the humour of these stamps. 

I chose the partying parrots stamp for this project, and coloured it with a ton of Copic markers, listed below. I wanted a background of tropical leaves so I chose  the Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves stencil and used several Altenew inks to create a layered background. I inked the stencil once with a variety of green inks, then moved the stencil and inked again, making sure to vary the inks I used so that I got some depth. Once I'd done that I decided that the white space left by the stencil was too stark, so I took another light green ink and simply inked over the whole piece, using a blending brush to achieve a smooth finish. This gave me exactly the result I was hoping for.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. If I were to make this card again, I would probably stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the Polaroid frame, rather than on the background, but, hey, there's always a learning opportunity! 

I used the MFT Polaroid Shaker Frame Die-namics die to create a frame for the image, and then popped that up on the card with some 3D foam squares. 

Finally, I created a coordinating envelope from some free papers I had received with a craft magazine.

Copics used:
B00, B12, B14, B16, B24, B26
BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, BG45
V15, V17, V25
YR07, YR16
YG01, YG17, YG23, YG25

Altenew inks (background):
Parrot, Olive, Shadow Creek
Frayed Leaf

Thank you for your time and I hope you've enjoyed reading.

'Til next time, happy crafting! 

Peri x


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