Friday, May 27, 2011

Papertrey Pals May Card: Birthday Card for My Mom

I am hosting this month's Papertrey Pals May Challenge. The challenge is to make a card for your mom and to include some handcoloring on your project! Anyone may play along so feel free to join in! :)

My mom's birthday is one week after mother's day. I made her a birthday card using her favorite bird, the cardinal.

I stamped dogwoods to the front of the card with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I diecut the front of the card with the sending you die, so you could see the cardinal inside the card. I tied Pure Poppy ribbon across the front and then I attached vellum to the back of the diecut opening.

Vellum can be a nice way to disguise your coloring if you want the look of hand coloring, but don't want to show all of the close up details (aka: hard lines, blending, etc.). It softens the coloring and helps to blend the colors!

And here's the inside of the card with the Cardinal colored in colored pencil. I originally colored him with chalks and loved the look, but it smeared slightly and I wasn't sure how to set it. I'm still happy with how it turned out!

The base of the card is a beautiful gold shimmer paper that I've been using a lot of lately. I will have another card tomorrow using more shimmer paper!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a sunshine-filled day!


Laurie W. said...

OH so pretty! Your coloring is amazing! Such a beautiful card!

Cathy Weber said...

This is really, really pretty. I love the look of the red cardinal behind the vellum. Great idea. Your coloring is really good, but mine is not always so great and for me, the vellum is a great idea! Your mom will love it.

Sue Ann said...

OH SO PRETTY ....... I love the daddy Cardinal and the vellum really does make it so soft and it works perfectly with the paper...... lovely Monica. I am still working on getting a card together for our May challenge but I will get it done :) xoxox

Diane Jaquay said...

Monica, this is really exquisite!!

Kate W. said...

My mom's favorite bird is the cardinal too! This card is oh so elegant. I love how you embossed on the gold shimmer paper. Your layout is amazingly creative-WOW!-love the window with the vellum! For setting chalks, I have used Aqua Net hairspray (in the aerosol can). You'll wait to use a very light coats. I would practice first on scrap paper to make sure you get a fine spray with no glumps. I also think they make setting spray especially for chalks/pastels. The bird looks gorgeous colored in pencil!

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