Hello, today I’m sharing my first card for 2015 which happens to be a birthday card for my sister’s birthday…on the 2nd!
I had originally wanted to create Baymax using various circle and oval punches/dies but found that I could not quite get the exact shape I wanted in the short amount of time I had left myself to create the card. Instead, I printed an image of Baymax from the internet and used this as a template to cut out the shapes needed from Whisper White cardstock to create Baymax’s body. If you look closely, the torso and the head are separate pieces from the legs and arms, raised up with dimensionals.To create the separate head, torso, leg and arm pieces I have printed the image twice in order to get all the pieces needed to create templates for the different body parts. The first image I used as a guide to cut out the legs and arms (leaving them all connected to make it easier to put Baymax together). The second image I used as a template to cut out the torso. For the head I have used the small oval punch rather than try to cut a perfect oval by hand. The eyes are the circles from the cupcake builder punch, connected by a small smile drawn with the black Stampin’ Write marker.
Each layer is added with dimensionals try to to make Baymax more lifelike/3D. In addition, I have also added shading with a very, very light grey alcohol marker to make the images more three dimensional. The shading is extremely light – just enough to add definition to the pieces and to separate them from the white background.
To cover up the badly-fussy-cut hands and to make the card a little more colourful, I have used stamps from the Sketched Birthday set. The party hat, cupcake and trio of balloons all add a little interest and emphasise the birthday theme. The line art images are perfect for colouring with Blendailties. For the hat I have used the Cherry Cobbler and Wisteria Wonder alcohol markers, tying into the colours used for the card base which also happen to perfectly match the colours of Baymax’s armour. The balloons were coloured using the new Bermuda Bay Blendies, while the cupcake was coloured using Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake.
All three stamped elements also feature iridescent ice heat embossing to add a little sparkle. The frosting of the cupcake (because who doesn’t love pink, sparkly icing!), stripes and pompom of the hat and polka dots of the balloons were all inked using a Versamark pen and covered with iridescent ice embossing powder. If you don’t have a Versamark pen you could also use a 2-way glue pen.
Rather than draw or stamp the strings for the balloons I have used sewing machine thread, tied to each of the balloons and Baymax’s hand. I have pulled the strings taught to give the illusion that the balloons are filled with helium.
The top left hand corner was looking a little bare so I added the birthday girl’s age using the word bubble from Just Sayin’ and an old alpha/number set for the 1 and 9, in a sketchy font to match the other stamps.
The inside of the card was also decorated (special person, special card). The sentiment is actually three separate stamps, stamped under each other. I love that the font and style matches perfectly with the images from Sketched Birthday on the front of the card. Again, I’ve used the Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay and Wisteria Wonder markers to colour in sections of the sentiment, continuing the colour scheme to the inside of the card. And to tie the whole thing together, I’ve added tiny dots of iridescent ice to the dots in the sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ve had a great start to the new year.
Rachel and Katie xx