Falliday Fest began this week over on Splitcoast Stampers. It’s a new week-long community challenge fest which replaces our previous October fest, Hope You Can Cling To. So far, it’s off to a good start…lots of fun challenges, tutorials and even a few surprises. Falliday Fest runs from October 9 through October 22 but you’ll have until October 31 to get all your challenges completed and posted. There’s going to be some great prizes too. Exciting!
One of today’s challenges was to make a Joy Fold Card. It’s a unique card that’s fairly easy to make and adds a lot of interest. It’s fun to decorate too because there are so many extra flaps which create little spaces for “hidden messages”.
For my card, I used a mixture of pattern papers and stamps by My Favorite Things and Stampers Anonymous. Check out my gallery for a listing of supplies used. And, you can find an easy to follow tutorial (along with many other great tutorials) on Splitcoast Stampers here. It’s not late to join in the fun. Hop on over and check out Falliday Fest.
Today is my longtime friend Valarie’s birthday. Val and I have been friends since we met in college in 1986. Even though we live in different states and don’t get to see each other often, we carry on like we just saw each other last week. I love and miss Val and she is never far from my thoughts. Happy Birthday, my friend.
I made this fun, colorful birthday card for Valarie. I used Tim Holtz’ Crazy Dogs stamps – I knew she’d love the silly dogs. I started out by creating a mixed media background using stencils and various colors of Distress Inks. I then added some little hearts using Simon Says Stamp Stacked Heart Wafer Die. The crazy dogs were stamped onto watercolor paper using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink then colored using Distress Inks. Before coloring the dogs, I used masking fluid to mask their eyes, ears, noses, collars and tongue. Next came the smooshing (a.k.a. Smoosh Technique)…rub a Distress Ink pad directly onto a piece of acetate. Spritz with water then place watercolor paper on top. Smoosh the paper down into the inky water droplets to pick up color. Afterwards, I went in with a paintbrush and watered down ink to fill in the rest of the color and add contrast. When the dogs were completely dry, I removed the masking fluid and used Copics to color their collars, noses, tongue and inside the ears.
The presents and party hats were stamped onto Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock (SNUSP White) and colored with Copic markers. After fussy cutting the dogs, presents, party hats and banner, everything was assembled on the background piece and adhered to a 5″x5″ cardbase (SU! Orchid Opulence).
Thanks for checking out my blog. I had fun creating these party pooches.