Humming a Birthday Tune

This birthday card was made with the inspiration of two challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches #382 with a sketch created by Jennifer Timko.

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Always Fun Chalenges #104 with a birthday theme.
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For this card, I was particularly inspired by Jennifer's GORGEOUS peacock cardMy card was made by layering a 4-3/4"x 3-1/2" piece of Stampin' Up! (SU) Whisper White cardstock on top of a standard 4-1/4"x 11" Whisper White cardstock base that was folded in half. I used my SU Stampararatus stamp positioner to stamp the two images at the same time. Because the panels were layered, I needed to re-stamp several times to get a good crisp image that crossed the edge onto the card base completely. I used repositional glue to hold them securely in place so they remained exactly aligned during this stamping. Then, I removed the top panel, and stamped one more time on the card base to get a light impression as a guide to allow me to color "under" the top panel to ensure no color gap once the card was assembled (since I was going to raise the top panel on foam).

Next, I temporarily repositioned the top panel and hand colored the hummingbird and flower using the Copic marker colors listed below. To make the stamen on the hibiscus blossom look more realistic, I put liquid Glossy Accents on it. This needs to dry before you further handle or assemble the card. 

When the card was dry, I again removed the top panel, and put adhesive foam strips all around the back edges of the panel, then glued a piece of white craft foam to the center. This would allow the card to be mailed without the top panel being crushed.

The final step was to create the birthday greeting. To do this, I dusted the surface of a scrap piece of black cardstock with an SU Embossing Buddy, then stamped using Versamark. I dusted the panel with detailed white embossing powder, and heat set with a heat gun. The sentiment was die cut using a banner die, then glued to the front panel. To ensure the sentiment tag wouldn't get bent in the mail, I backed the right end overhanging the top panel with a piece of adhesive foam.

I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "2" out of a possible "5" due to the need to align the two panels, and the hand coloring.

Thank you Jennifer for the inspiration!

Stamps: SU Humming Along, Birthday Banners
Paper: SU Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copic Markers R20, R22, G43, YG06, YG25,, Y04
Accessories: Artfully Scribed Detailed White Embossing Powder, Adhesive Foam Strips, Fun Foam, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Ranger Glossy Accents, SU Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies, SU Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool
Techniques: Triple Stamping, Heat Embossing, Hand Coloring


  1. I adore this!! The way you carried over the images is really wonderful. I'm so glad my card inspired this beauty!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at FMS!

  2. Gorgeous card and carrying the images across both panels adds so much interest! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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