Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Birthday cake Ava

Confession time! My favorite color is brown... When I say it out loud, it sounds a bit boring. I mean, it's not a bright or exotic color like turquoise or amethyst. And it doesn't really inspire exciting traits. It's dependable, solid, subdued. But it's still my very favorite color. It's a neutral that's not as harsh as black, and it has a warmth you don't get with gray. It goes with - and this is my favorite part - anything! Any other color you can think of looks great when matched with brown.

So, when I saw Stamping Bella's Uptown Girl Ava Loves to Celebrate stamp, I knew I wanted to use brown. And aquamarine - which, when paired with brown, really pops!

I started by stamping Ava with MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice on some Copic marker paper. I colored her in with Copic markers, and added a few highlights with a white gel pen. I trimmed it into a small rectangle.

For the base, I cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11" Neenah Desert Storm cardstock in half to create a standard top-folding A2 card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2") card.

I cut two panels of paper from Simple Stories Sn@p Color Vibe paper pad, making sure they were 1/4" and 1/2" smaller than the card base. I layered them together, and adhered the stamp panel to the left side. I also stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside of the card, as there was no room to put it on the card front.

As a last touch, I scattered a few 4mm aquamarine sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to the right side of the card. This tied in the colors and shaped together just perfectly.

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Ava Loves to Celebrate
MFT Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice
Copic Marker Paper 70lb
Neenah Desert Storm 100lb cardstock
Simple Stories Sn@p Color Vibe 6x6
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins in Aquamarine
Copics: 0 (colorless blender), B00, BG01, BG07, C2, C4, E00, E11, E13, E15, E33, E37, E47, G14, R20, R32, R81, Y21, Y35, YR14
Sakura Gellyroll white gel pen
Ranger Studio Multi-matte


  1. Brown is an AWESOME colour! As you said, it goes with anything! I love creating with it. Always run out of brown cardstock. lol Your card is magical. I am in awe of your colouring. It's perfect!

    (You have a sentence hanging....I think you just missed it when you edited. Hope you don't mind me pointing it out.)

    1. Thank you! I was a bit tired when I was editing that last. :D

      I'm really glad other people like brown too. It just puts people a bit off-balance when I mention it's my favorite color. But it really is!