Friday, 2 September 2011

Two birthday cards

Since I became addicted to clear polymer stamps I don't often buy wood mounted red rubber stamps but when I saw Peppermint Polly on a number of crafty blogs I just had to have her. I used her for the first time today to make a birthday card for a niece who is 16 next week. I like to make simple single layer cards and stamped Polly directly onto my kraft card base. I stamped her again on a scrap of pink card, then stamped, cut out and paper pieced her dress. I used my Copic markers to colour the rest of the image and I've found that colouring with a watercolour pencil in a similar colour before using the marker stops ink seeping through to the back of the cardstock - something you don't want to happen on a single layer card.

My second card is for my sister whose birthday is tomorrow. Papertrey Ink held a promotional event in July where everyone who made a $100 purchase received a free stamp set. I couldn't justify the expense of making a mid-month order but did love the free stamp set. I was really pleased therefore to find some sets for sale a little later and was lucky enough to win one on ebay. It was this jug image that I really wanted as it is so reminiscent of blue and white jugs I remember displayed on Welsh dressers and sideboards in various family homes over 50 years ago. I stamped a pattern on my jug to make it look more like those remembered jugs, masking where necessary and adding a bit of shading with a Copic marker. I stamped the card base with another image from the set to create a tone-on-tone background.

Make a Wish card: Penny Black - Peppermint Polly; Papertrey Ink - Love Lives Here, Think Big Favorites #1, Green Thumb
Blue Jug card: Papertrey Ink - Iconic Images, Botanical Silhouettes (sentiment)
All inks Tim Holtz Distress Ink


  1. Both cards are sweet. It is my sisters Birthday next week so need to get making a card for her. She is into knitting and I have found a stamp of an old fashioned girl sitting doing her knitting. Thats a good tip about using watercolour pencil first on single layer cards.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Lovely birthday cards, Ann! :) Happy early birthday to your sister. I hope she has a great day. :)

  3. Two fab cards. Thanks for the tip about the colouring - will try that.

  4. The peppermint Poly is so cute, you must make some for your stall.

  5. Two wonderful card, love the sweet little girl, and the background patternon the second is fabby stamping!


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