Birthday Cards


Here are a couple birthday cards I made recently for my friends.

The balloon card was heavily inspired by this card that Kristina Werner made using a distress watercolor technique. I loved how easy this was to do and the look of it. It really looks like the balloons are transparent.

The guitar card was something I had seen on Pinterest. I used a woodgrain background stamp & Cup Of Joe ink from Hero Arts on the Kraft cardbase. I took that same ink and dragged it onto the piece that is on top of the cardbase to create a kind of marbled look. Using some silver embroidery thread, I threaded them through the fold of the cardbase and taped them down. Then I took a sentiment from Kelly Purkey’s Make A Wish stamp set and stamped that on some Kraft cardstock and cut it out. I put some foam adhesive on the back of the sentiment piece and used that to tack down the other ends of the embroidery thread.

Get Well Card

Kristina Werner’s January 2015 Get Well Card Theme Submission

Most card makers out there know of the great Kristina Werner and her cute designs. I absolutely love her blog and card making tutorials. In fact, she was the one who got me into card making in the first place. She does a monthly theme challenge where you can mail in the finished cards to her and she will feature them in a video. This month’s theme is Get Well cards and this is how mine turned out.

I used some Mister Huey’s Opaque White spray ink and created a spatter pattern to mimic the spray that comes out when you sneeze (kinda gross huh?). Then I used some washi tape to create the background for the tissue box. With my Cuttlebug and My Favorite Things Gift Card Grooves Die-Namics die, I cut out the shape you see in the middle of the tissue box. I stuck some toilet paper in the groove and taped it down in the back. Then I used some dimensional adhesive to pop it up. I gold embossed the custom sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s Milo ABCs stamp set and stuck that on the cardbase using dimensional adhesive as well.

I love how this card turned out and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!

Update on Life & Bonus Tutorial

I realize I haven’t been posting anything new especially in the video arena and for that I apologize. Life has been extremely busy leading up to the holidays and I haven’t had a chance to film anything. Next year, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to start filming and put up a video at least once a month. My iPhone 4s is not cutting it nor have I had an easy time getting photos and video content from it to my computer. That is part of the reason why I haven’t put any new content up.

In any case and enough with the excuses, here is something I crafted tonight. I have a special outfit planned out for Christmas & some parties coming up. I’m pretty sure you can guess what I’ll be wearing just based on this.

I hope all of my non-existent readers have a happy holiday season and I look forward to hearing from you next year.

PS – As a means of some consolation, I’ve included a tutorial on how I made this below. To make it extra jolly, stitch on some jingle bells under the feather!

Buddy Elf Hat DIY

Green Felt
Red Felt
Yellow Felt
Hot Glue
Green Embroidery Thread
Thin Headband

1) Cut a large symmetrical circle out of the green felt and then cut the circle in half.

2) Cut a donut out of the yellow felt that is smaller than the green circle and cut it in half.

3) Fold the green half circle in half and sew the seam with a backstitch as close to the edge as possible. Flip the finished cone inside out afterwards.

4) Cut a feather shape out of some red felt and snip slits into the sides to mimic a feather’s fronds.

5) Hot glue the yellow half donut to the green cone. When you get toward last inch, hot glue the red feather down and cover it with the last inch of the yellow strip.

6) Cut small slits in the sides of the elf hat and thread a headband into the holes.

Video: Celebrate The Season

I have finally started making Christmas cards. Yes, for you non-card making peeps, this shit starts early. You have to understand that hand making cards to give out during the holidays is very time consuming so we have to get started as soon as possible.

Anyway, in this video, I show how to create a tongue and cheek kind of Christmas card. I thought the sentiment Celebrate The Season went well with the design of the card because it suggests Rudolph being hung up on a cabin wall. It has quickly become one of my favorite cards and is easy to mass produce.

More Christmas cards to come!

Video: Make A Wish Birthday Card

In this video, I’ll show you how to create a watercolor background with stitched stars and turn it into a card. I loved how Kristina Werner & WPlus9 made their backgrounds to look like outer space with stars. I mostly stuck with WPlus9’s technique of using watercolor to create this background. When great creative minds such as these are humble and say that they’re not good at watercoloring, they’re lying. It seriously took me a couple tries to get the outer space background to look the way I wanted. While there is a lot of wiggle room to just do whatever, you kinda have to layer the colors in a way to make it look right. 

I started out by laying down a wash of gray and black blobs and let that dry a little before filling in the lighter parts with some color and then let that dry again before adding the white spatters. You pretty much have to experiment and get it the way you want before you’re truly satisfied. I guess the learning process is part of the fun though. 

Anyway, I hope to be more regular with my video postings so stay tuned! 

Video: Camping Inspired One Layer Card

In this video, I show you how to create a masculine camping inspired one layer birthday card perfect for the guys in your life, especially if they love the outdoors. I really like how it turned out despite the fact that there is no stitching involved. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back soon with another card with stitching on it.

I loved that this card only used very minimal supplies to create.