Happy Birthday Gavin!

This afternoon we were suppose to have a birthday party for my nephew Gavin who turned six years old earlier in the month. So I got up early and made his birthday card so that I could tuck in his gift card from ToysRUs. But poor Gavin ended up at the ER this morning with a diagnosis of pneumonia, so his party was postponed to next weekend.

Honestly, I love how his card turned out and I think that he’ll love it as well. The images are print & cut SVG files available from the Silhouette store (for personal use only). The file for the background was intended as a pop-up card, but I was afraid that such a card in the hands of a six year old would wear out quickly, so I printed the background image twice — first as a solid, uncut backdrop and the second time so that I’d get the areas that needed to be popped out. I then mounted it as a second layer using foam pop dots to give it dimension. After cutting out Batman on the Silhouette, I also used pop dots to attach him to the front so the card has lots of dimension. I added Gavin’s name to the reflection from the Bat light and used more pop dots to place it on the front of the card.

The card uses the following files available from the Silhouette Design Store:

The type font for the sentiment is (what else) Batman Forever and available to download at  Dafont.com.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | DC Batman by Silhouette Design Store
Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | DC Batman by Silhouette Design Store

Knitted Together by Friendship

It’s a Stampendous! Celebration over at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends this weekend. So here’s my entry for the coloring contest, featuring the House Mouse stamp Knit Gift and a sentiment from Life Words, both by Stampendous!

I’ve colored this image before and love the way that the shading creates the ombre effect in the yarn. I decided this time to color it in shades of blue (B91, B93, B95, B97) and use shades of blue green (BG10, BG11) to make the highlights pop. For the background, I used shades of warm gray (W00, W0, W01), softly blended with the colorless blender and then texturized by dabbing with a piece of terry cloth dampened with colorless blender.  For more information, see the third method in Jennifer Dove’s tutorial on coloring backgrounds.

Paper: Bazzill Basics in Moody Blue and Walnut Cream; Bundled Up 6×6 Paper Pad by Carta Bella
Stamps: Knit Gift by House Mouse Designs (Stampendous!); Life Words by Stampendous!
Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!; Matting Basics B by Spellbinder; Diezyne Stitched Flags
Punches: Ek Success 1.5″ Circle Punch; Ek Success 1.75″ Circle Punch
Copic® Markers: E50, E51, E21, R20 (skin); E41, E42, E43 (fur); BG10, BG11, B91, B93, B95, B97 (yarn); N1, N3, BG10, BG11 (needles); W00, W0, W01, 0 (background); BV20 (shadowing)

Entered in the following challenges: