Happy Birthday Llama Card!

Happy Birthday Llama Card!


Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter.
Today we’re gonna make this llama happy birthday card, it’s so fun and colorful
and I’m using “That’s Crafty” stamps from Magda Polakow available at
Top-flight stamps.com, they’re our sponsor today and they find
the coolest stamps all over the globe and bring them back to us here in the
United States. I really enjoyed the stamp line it’s very fun and doodlee and I
think it would be great if you make a lot of kids cards or you just like that
whimsical look in your art journaling or card-making endeavors I stamp the llama
first using versafine Clair ink. I’m using one of the darker Browns and then
I’m stamping this doodle which I think kind of looks like a hill underneath the
llama cuz I feel like it gives a little weight to the bottom of the card and
gives the llama a place to stand this doodle to me looked like it would be a
wonderful son so I’m stamping that up in the sky to be kind of a son and this
stamp set comes with so many different things that we’re going to use in this
card I like this little blanket so I stamped that on the llamas back and I’m
just eyeballing it here you know I do kind of lean in and make sure I’m
looking directly over my card when I’m stamping some things that really need to
line up well but for the most part you can just eyeball it and it works pretty
well now this actually vexed me for a while I wanted to do the little banner
going from cactus to cactus but I didn’t have room for another cactus because a
llama was already there so it kind of looks like it’s attached to the llama
for a while but you’re gonna see how I fix that later on now the thing I like
about doodlee stamps like this is that if they’re not quite long enough
I tried lining it up previously and you’re gonna see my booboo at the end
but it was just too finicky to line it up and not overlap the design at all so
I just grabbed a pit pen in black and just doodled it that dark brown by
versifying is very versafine Claire is very similar to my black pit pen so I
feel like they the colors matched up really well now for coloring I’m
actually using some very inexpensive student grade actually kids grade
watercolor pencils I recently received a bunch of Mei ped brand products back to
school products to review and I really enjoyed these watercolor pencils and I
still hadn’t about on my table so I decided to use them that review will
come along probably in a couple weeks maybe next
week I’m not sure but but definitely well before school starts so I’m going
in and coloring lightly by the way I stamped on hot press watercolor paper
bristol board would work really well for this or any good quality heavyweight
cardstock they can take some water will work fine so after getting those basic
elements colored I just went in with a fine tip brush it’s just a golden taklon
brush that you would use for watercolors or acrylics and I just kind of wet the
watercolor pencil to activate the pigments and after going with that first
layer I could kind of get an idea if I wanted to darken anything up you’re
gonna see me darken up the llama a bit throughout the process here fill alum I
started with kind of a peach color and then I went with some Brown around the
edges for some shading but you’ll see when I get the background in that the
llama kind of fades away so I do end up having to darken him now to do little
details I find that I have a little better control of my fine tip brush so I
just use my wet brush to pick up pigment from the stick of my pencil and bring
them over to the card so that’s a great way ease your watercolor pencils to give
them a little more versatility I wanted to have some hills in the background but
it didn’t trust my stamping ability and my masking ability plus it would be kind
of a pain in the butt so I decided just to freehand in some rolling sand dunes
or Hills I wasn’t quite sure where I was gonna situate my llama but I just
watched a really interesting documentary about this house it was built in the
desert in the mountains in Arizona and it was so cool that I just wanted to
kind of a freehand it and throw in some cactuses I decided I’d make a mini oasis
by coloring the bottom of my hill area with some olive green and bright green
watercolor pencil and then I just look a fied it and actually I kind of somehow
managed to smear some ink on the bottom of that card I know very shocking uh-huh
so I figured the green would do a better job at covering that up and then my
sandy tan colors and then I just did some blue in the sky and I just made
sure as I was going through and coloring this background that I kept recycling
the same colors that way I knew everything was going to match I really
liked this stencil because it had so many different motifs on one stencil I’d
say it’s about eight by eight and the neat thing about the stencils from the
bats crafty line is that they do have quite a few like
they have at least like two vert two motifs on them so if you get them and
you get any stamps I feel like everything just coordinates really well
and I like being able to grab different elements and kind of stencil them in I’m
using my homemade sponge daubers which are just a makeup wedge you can get like
in a big pack in the dollar store and I fold it in half and I hot glue the ends
into a ball cap and those Dobber work fantastic for stenciling and the more
you use them the better you get the better they get because they get
saturated with ink and I’ve been using these dobbers for probably about five
years and I haven’t had any of the sponges break down I think I might have
had to replace the black one maybe or the yellow one because I do have my
yellow and has a white cap on the bottom so I think I might have replaced that
one but it’s really a fantastic a fantastic DIY product that you can make
and save a lot of money and now I decided to go through after stenciling
with my daughters with some paint pens and these are the Jane Davenport paint
over pens and the paschal ultrafine acrylic paint markers and I just really
like that because if you’re building a scene like this sometimes you change
your mind as you’re going through the process and when you change your mind if
you’re working with transparent ink it doesn’t show up but you can go in with
these paint pens and cover up stuff that you’ve done previously now here in the
llama I wanted the llama to stand out and he kind of got I don’t know sucked
into the background when I did the sand so I just went in with a darker brown
watercolor pencil and I kind of filled them in a little bit more the other
thing I like about this because I was going in over a little bit of paint pen
and other elements I got that rough texture that was very furry now here’s
how I’m dealing with the banner that seems to be tied to her llama I just
continued the line from the first cactus banner to that cactus far away and then
I just kind of looped him back and forth now perspectively it is kind of odd and
off but you know it’s a card for a kid and it’s whimsical so I think it’s fine
and then I decided to ink the panel with some of that dark versafine Clair ink
and then I also to use that ink and my favorite happy birthday stamp that I’ve
had for like probably ten years uh-huh and I just stamped that on a little bit
that I just keep a bunch of these pre-cut next to my die cutter whenever I
have scraps because it’s such a handy size that die I believe is by Sizzix
don’t hold me to that I just I use it all the time but I can’t remember who
it’s by it’s probably discontinued and now for my envelope I thought it’d be
fun to make it coordinating and use the stencil again because it’s so easy just
to pick up and add designs here and there the only thing I’m gonna warn you
about with using the inks and the dopplers in the stencil is that when you
change color if you’re gonna go over the same spot in the stencil you need to
wipe it you need to like wipe it with a wet rag otherwise you could contaminate
your ink pads and your dobbers and you don’t want to do that because these
dobbers are reusable there you can see my relatively new yellow one and I can
tell that because the different color bottle caps so I know I made it more
recently good they’re just a fun way I mean imagine getting that in the mail
you certainly know there’s no bill in that envelope right so now I’m gonna
work on the panel here the front panel I’m gluing the happy birthday banner
down there and it really stands out well because it’s on white cardstock and I’ve
inked the edges now I really wanted to embellish it so I went through my Brad
stash which is quite generous as you probably know I love my Brad’s and I
decided to use a couple primitive heart Brad’s and this beautiful is your a blue
color and I thought that was just the perfect little accent for this card when
you are seen building you put so much time and work into your scenes that you
don’t want embellishments to take over you can see did you did you sneak a peek
there did you see the back of my card I just want to I want to show you that
you don’t always stamp perfectly there was my floating in the air air Lama in
my over stamped hill that I tried to do originally so you know what you make a
mistake you flip over the card stock and you stamp it again that happens to the
best of us and I like this wide border on this 5×7 card I thought it looked
really modern and fun now I love this side of the envelope but I thought you
know I really would like to do something with the other side of the envelope too
because it’s so fun to get a real card in the mail isn’t it and if you can make
the envelope a little whimsical – I just think it’s it’s Starlin and sweet and
fun so I decided to stamp on that little hill and some cactuses and just kind of
embellish the area where the address would go and then I just do
it a little box for the return address and there you have it please visit our
sponsor top-flight stamps.com for all the products we used and don’t forget to
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so much for watching please give me a thumbs up if you enjoyed this project
until next time happy crafting

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