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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

Stitched Alphabet Alpaca Cards

Card Instructions
By Samantha Klaebe
I really wanted to showcase a few cards using the Stitched Alphabet stamp set that is available in the Alpaca Wishes Collection Box. This stamp set is so cute and quite different to the alpha sets I already own – I’m a firm believer that every stamper needs a few good alphabet stamps in their collection. They’re perfect for creating your own sentiments which I prove in my cards today.

Alpaca Wishes Stitched Alphabet Card by Samantha Klaebe - llama of happiness

Step 1: Cut out six strips measuring 10.5cm x 2cm of different coloured cardstock.
Step 2: Adhere these strips to a 10.5cm x 21cm card front followed by patter paper (measurements: 10.5cm x 9cm) from Alpaca Wishes paper pack to fill in the remaining white on your card front.
Step 3: Using black dye ink stamp out the sentiment.
Tip: For best results stamp out each letter individually – this allows you to space the letters closely together to fit within the width of the card front.
Step 4: Add machine stitched details. (Optional)
Step 5: Using foam tape adhere Alpaca Wishes ephemera and embellish card with sequins and twine. Step 6: Corner punch the top right corner then adhere the card front to a 21cm x 10.5cm card base.

Here are two more card examples of how to use alphabet stamps to make your own fun sentiments.

Alpaca Wishes Stitched Alphabet Card by Samantha Klaebe - alpaca lots of love

Alpaca Wishes Stitched Alphabet Card by Samantha Klaebe - llove you llots

Supplies List:
Alpaca Wishes Collection Box containing
Alpaca Wishes Die-Cut Ephemera

Alpaca Wishes Paper Pack
Alpaca Wishes 
 Photopolymer Stamps (Stitched Alphabet)
Unicorn Fairgrounds Sequins

Other:
Cardstock
Black Ink
Sewing Machine
Tape Runner/Glue dots/Multi Medium Matte
Paper Trimmer/Scissors
Twine


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