ABNH July Challenge: Birthday! Cards Using Background Scraps

Birthday Cards Using Background Scraps!


Hello! Hope you're having a good weekend! This month's challenge for A Blog Named Hero is Birthday! I love to make watercolor and alcohol ink pieces and die cut them or cut them down to use on my cards. I hate throwing away those beautiful colorful scraps, so I keep them and die cut small shapes out of them. Sometimes they're just strips, and I use them as stripes or die cut edges on them to create a new look But today we'll be using pieces that use dies small enough to cut shapes from them and use many of them to create a card. 

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After I made all these alcohol ink and watercolor pieces, I couldn't bear to throw out the pretty scraps - I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about! So I die cut all of them using various small heart dies from the Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Die Set. And I'm using them today to create our own heart balloons, and they're pretty multi-colored look will make them great focal points. 

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For the look of confetti in the backgrounds of our balloons, I die cut the Hero Arts Circle Confetti Fancy Die from scrap paper to make my own stencil. You could also use post it tape or something with temporary adhesive, but sometimes I just use scrap paper haha. I put a light blending of Tumbled Glass distress ink blue 2/3 down my card, and a light blending of Squeezed Lemon  distress ink yellow 2/3 down my other card. I did this before I cut apart of my 8 1/2 x 11 paper and this allowed some bit of yellow on my blue panel and a bit of blue on my yellow panel and I love the way that turned out. Then using my makeshift stencil, I put heavy amounts of the same color family to make my confetti. This gives us a nice subtle background that won't distract from our pretty balloons. 

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Then I took 5 hearts of varying sizes and arranged them on my panels and glued them down when I was satisfied with their placement. Using a T-ruler, I drew black lines from my balloons for their strings. I then stamped this sweet sentiment in vivid black at the bottom portion of the panel, from a great stamp set called Color Layering Ice Cream Set. 

I added white gems to my blue panel and yellow gems to my yellow panel for some shines and more confetti. I think if I did these again, I'd put blue gems on my blue panel, the white gems get a little lost to me. And our cards are done! 

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have great fun making birthday cards from those pretty scraps you make! And below I have in-process pictures of my cards that are really just an excuse for me to show my new kittens and how much they interfere with my artistic process lol. They are the cutest distractions ever. Meet: Mocha and Toast!

Have a great day and enjoy the kittens! 

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