Birthday Card Tutorial

    First, I pick out a stamped image whether its digital or real I select my image. It depends on what scene I am trying to create. In the case of this card, it is for my nieces’ birthday and she loves sunflowers but she’s always so beautiful I said why not to the daisies too.
      Next, I used specialized Copic Markers (that come from Japan), to color and shade the image. I always start with the skin tone for some reason. I think once I see it I’m much more informed about how I am going to color her clothes.

        After the image is colored. I decide whether I will create the background myself, make a solid background or a scene on paper.
          After coloring her hair (brunette for this card), I begin cutting the image out with teeny tiny scissors. I love the detail of this even though its very fussy. I like fussy, I guess.

            Once I’ve cut the image out, I find a suitable background. In this case, I chose a watercolor scene of paper that I have. Its kind of faded but it makes the image pop, in my opinion.

              I select how I will make my sentiment and there are many many ways to do this. My favorite is with a die and die cutting machine. This cuts the paper in the shape of the letter and I love the clean simple look of it. I also like Happy Birthday to be really the reason for the card.

                I’ve chose to make a longline card which is all the rage in card making right now. I glue all down and put on these sunflowers.
                  You’ve got an envelope that matches and a plastic sleeve to protect it.