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It’s a Monster Ride!

This is a Happy Birthday to my nephew Max – he is turning 5, which means SCHOOL! This pair of Scary Pals from Avery Elle are racing to join in with his birthday celebrations, complete with gifts and balloons.

The outer frame is the Grand Photo Mat. This single die cuts all the pieces at once – the frame, the background scenery hill pieces and clouds. It also has a pretty line of embossed dots around the edge of the frame window. You can colour the pieces up however you like and put them back together, just like a puzzle. You could leave the background scenery out altogether, and instead have a brilliantly large photo frame.

I stamped the images with Gina K Amalgam ink. This ink is my top choice as it suits just about all mediums for adding colour, from alcohol inks, to pencils and watercolour, without smudging or smearing. You can stamp images and colour them months later and not have to worry about which medium you can and can’t use.

Flicks of the marker can create the look of fur

Copics Used:
Car & Red Balloon – R59, R29, R27, R24,
Tyres & Grill – C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Headlights and Sky – B00, B000
Driver – BG78, BG75, BG72
Passenger – Y38, Y18, Y15, Y11
Gift – YR16, YR15
Balloon & Hills – G28, G09, G05, G03

I then cut them out with the matching dies – there are separate stamps and dies included in the set for their paws for extra fun.

The Happy Birthday was stamped along the bottom using Versafine Pigment ink – I like to use this ink for my black sentiments as it stamps in a crisp, dark black, and I clear heat emboss for a nice shiny finish. I prefer this method than heat embossing a sentiment directly with black embossing powder – very hard to achieve the same tidy result.

Glittery shiny finishes

Other finishing touches include Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen on the balloons, Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the balloons also, as well as the head lights and the driver’s eyes.

The Scary Pals were carefully secured to their car along with their gift and balloons, and the entire car is mounted onto the background with foam tape – on a slight angle to infer speed and a sense of excitement!

The card front is adhered to a card base of Neenah #110 white cardstock and this complete’s Max’s birthday card! Amélie was super excited to give this, along with a gift, to her cousin and celebrate with him.

Links below to products used, including NZ shops where I can. Please check with your local craft store and see if these products can be ordered in for you directly as I do like to support our small businesses where possible. Otherwise, these links will take you to where they are currently available. Some are affiliate links – this means I get a small commission from the store when you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. This helps to keep my blog and craft activities going, so thank you for your support!

For handy information about the best value supplies for your craft table, from cardstock and inks to the most useful tools, check out my Best of the Basics series.

If you have any questions regarding the putting together of this card, please feel free to message me – I’m only too happy to help! Thank you for visiting 🙂

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