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Birthday Alpacas

Hello and Happy January! It’s Samantha here, sharing my first set of StickerKitten cards for the New Year. I LOVE January…Why? Its my Birthday month! Hooray! I haven’t always celebrated my birthday but more recently (now that I have young kids) make an effort to at least order a birthday cake for the special day! I thought I’d start the year off by creating birthday cards – and I knew which perfect StickerKitten stamp set to play with…that’s right! I’m using Alpaca Wishes along with the sentiment from Birthday Dinos to create a non Christmas related card!

When I first started making this card I soon realised after it was finished that not everyone owns a electronic cutting machine or enjoys fussy cutting so I decided to create a second card…exactly the same layout but one that was a little easier to follow for those without a Silhouette Cameo or Brother Scan & Cut. Here is how the second card turned out.

Card Instructions:

Step 1: After selecting your ink pad colours use both Alpaca images to create your background on a white 10.5 cm x 15.5 cm card front.

Tip: Practice on scrap paper first if you are unsure of the placement of the stamps. I’ve always found starting close to the middle and working your way around the first stamped image helps. The first stamped Alpaca was the pink upright one under the sentiment. From here I continued to stamp around it alternating ink colours.

Step 2: Stamp the sentiment using watermark ink on black cardstock. Apply a generous amount of white embossing powder then set with a heat gun. Fussy cut around the sentiment.

Step 3: Stamp the scarf image 3x on 3 different coloured pieces of card stock. Fussy cut around the stamped image.

Step 4: Adhere the sentiment and scarfs using foam tape. Adhere card front to an A6 card base. Embellish the card with a twine bow and enamel dots.

Additional Information: You can choose whatever colour palette you want. I went with bright festive colours after searching for Mexico traditional colours in Pinterest. If you wanted to make it more masculine switch out the pink for more deeper blues or green ink colours.

StickerKitten Supplies Used:

Alpaca Wishes Stamp

Birthday Dinos Stamp

Other:

Lawn Fawn Ink

Orange/Green/Blue/Black/White Cardstock

Watermark Ink/White Embossing Powder/Heat Gun

Foam Tape/TapeRunner/GlueDot

Twine

Enamel Dots

A6 Card/Envelope Pack

MISTI

Scissors/PaperTrimmer

Silhouette Cameo

As you can see the second card involves less fussy cutting (or the use of an electronic cutting machine) but still packs the same bright, festive vibe the first birthday themed cards has. I was happy how both turned out and I hope you try this idea at home to get the most out of StickerKittens Alpaca Wishes stamp set. I love re-purposing Christmas themed stamps and Alpacas/Llamas are a great, fun animal to have on any card!

P.S As I wrote this blog post I decided that this year for my birthday I will be having ice cream Cake with bright colourful sprinkles to match these cards!

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Celebrate with Unicorn Fairground

Hello! Welcome! Samantha here – Today I would like to share a set of three cards I created using StickerKitten’s Unicorn Fairground Collection Box. I’ve thoroughly loved using this box – I’ve managed to create nine cards all up since its release and I’m still playing with ideas to create more cards in hopes to use up all the paper and wooden embellishments in this kit. My three cards today play on a technique called paper weaving. I have however, added my own flair to this technique by weaving my paper loosely and adding stitched details and sequins.

Here is my first card:

Supplies Used:

StickerKitten: Unicorn Fairground Collection Box

Other:

White/Light Pink/Light Purple Cardstock

Twine

Sewing Machine

Versafine Clair Morning Mist Ink

MISTI

Tape Runner/Gluedots/Foam Tape

Glitter Pen

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Cut thin 1 cm strips using 2 sheets of Unicorn Fairground pattern paper.

Step 2: Place the first set of strips horizontally (in rows) on your craft mat and weave the second strips of pattern paper vertically, going under and over the first strip on your craft mat.

Step 3: Loosely weave all the paper strips in an alternating pattern until your paper weave is full.

Tip: I adhered the first row to help keep the paper in place as I weaved each strip.

Step 4: Adhere paper weave to your card front (Card front measurements: 10.5 cm x 15. cm). Trim off edges as desired.

Note: My final weave measurement was roughly 8 cm x 8 cm – this would vary depending on how tight or loose your completed weave is.

Step 5: Adhere star sequins then add machine stitched detail (Optional).

Step 6: Stamp sentiment and add unicorn ephemera using foam tape.

Step 7: Adhere card front to C6 Card base. Embellish with a twine bow add glitter to unicorn ephemera.

 

Below are two more card examples using strips of pattern paper to create a playful background.

If you haven’t attempted weaving paper I recommend giving it a try. It’s a great way to use pattern paper and a fun technique to apply to your cards. There are plenty of resources available on Pinterest and YouTube if you wanted to learn more about this technique. Another paper technique I would also recommend would be a Herringbone technique – give it a go! If you do create a project share it with us over at StickerKitten Facebook.

Have a wonderful week!

Happy Crafting!

Samantha