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Birthday fishes to a cool friend! – Shadow Box Card

Hello Heffy Doodlers! Today I’m over at the Heffy Doodle Blog sharing a super fun shadow box card using a mix of awesome Heffy Doodle products. Although this is not my first time playing with Heffy Doodle’s yummmies (check out a few of my past projects here), it IS my first ever project as a Guest Designer on the Heffy Doodle blog, so I’m super excited to be here. So feel free to leave me some love! (Hint, hint! He he…)

As some of you may already know, I’m the tired… erm… happy mum of two healthy and (mostly) lovely kiddy-winkles: a 4.5 year old boy and a 1.5 year old girl. My son is in his first year of school and, as you can imagine, birthday parties throughout the year abound! And today is no exception, as this afternoon we will be attending his good friend Nandini’s 5th birthday party. Happy birthday Nandini! You hold a very special place in our hearts.

To create this card, I used a shadow box die (although you don’t need one! Just google “shadow box card instructions”) along with my Heffy Doodle “Warm Hugs” Stamps (HFD|SSS) and Dies (HFD|SSS).  The full sentiment on my card reads “Birthday Fishes to a Cool Friend” and to find that “BIRTHDAY” sentiment I simply reached out for my Heffy Doodle “Happy Snappy Crocs” Stamp Set (HFD|SSS), from Heffy Doodle’s first release. Don’t you just love how the font in all of their stamp sets matches so perfectly?! Makes sentiment-building possibilities endless!

For my colouring, I was also inspired by Sandy Allnock’s human rainbow series to try and make the cute little boy and girl on this card look like my son and his friend… and I’m really chuffed with the result!

As for my creative process, I did a bit of ink blending on my card base using my distress inks. I used a home-made stencil (cut out from acetate using a cloud border die) to create my cloud background. I stamped my sentiment using some black pigment ink and I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on some mixed media paper, as I knew I would be colouring them with my Prismacolor pencils. When I was done colouring, I went over them with my stumps and a bit of baby oil to smooth out the colours, and I applied some Wink of Stella shimmer pen pretty much everywhere (although, perhaps for the best as I went a bit overkill with my sparkle, you can’t really see it on my photos!)

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and, if you did, please leave me a comment and let me know what Heffy Doodle set you would like to see me play with for in my next Guest Designer Post. I also hope my project inspires you to get creative with your Warm Hugs Stamps (HFD|SSSand Dies (HFD|SSS) as well as from our first release goodies. And last but not least, please remember to tag us on social media so we can check out all the beautiful things you create with our products. It warms our hearts!!! Until next time :o)

Guest Designing for Gerda Steiner Designs

Hello crafty friends! I’m over the moon to be guest designing for Gerda Steiner Designs today and I have a fun video for you in which I’ll be sharing the way I go about two fun techniques:

  1. sketching my own background scenes, and
  2. creating an easy-peasy Chibitronics light circuit.

To create my card project I used an adorable stamp set from their most recent release (Fall/Winter 2017) called “Little Christmas Reindeer“. The cute reindeer on it is absolutely darling, but it was one of the two little birds on the set that inspired this card design, since it reminded me of that short film by Pixar called “For the Birds” (do Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s hilarious!)

This interactive light-up card is also a great design if you’re only just starting with Chibitronics, since (as you can see in my process video), my circuit is easy-peasy to replicate!

So make yourself a cuppa of your favourite drink, sit back and start getting into the holiday season with this Christmas in September video tutorial. Until next time!