Happy Birthday to You | By Angel Rivera

Hi all!  I’m here with a funky, retro sort-of card for you today.  There was no real rhyme or reason here, believe it or not. Yes, I went out of my comfort zone. I literally chose three of the images from the new A Little Birdie stamp set and randomly stamped them with a hybrid ink.  I knew I was going to watercolor them, so after inking, I heat set it with my heat gun.  Nothing fancy, just go over the stamped images with your heat gun for maybe 20-30 seconds.  That’s it.  I then used my Zig Clean Color markers (any watercolor markers will work) and colored in only the edges of the images where I wanted the color to be darker.  Just a little swipe, not colored perfectly AT ALL.  Next, I spritzed some water onto my (waterproof) work surface and used a paintbrush to blend the ink.  I watercolored one color at a time, meaning I watercolored all of the red parts.  Cleaned my brush, then watercolored all of the orange parts.  Cleaned my brush, and so on, until I was done.  Again, I was going for a funky feel for this card, so the watercoloring is, well, sloppy.  😀  Pure fun and I love it!  I used a light gray marker to sort of color in the background as well using the same technique as the birds.  Once dried, I cut it with a rectangle die.  The sentiment is from the Time to Celebrate stamp set.  I stamped it onto black card stock, then embossed it with white embossing powder.  Keeping with the funky-feel, I hand cut (gasp!) the sentiment.  I layered the two pieces with foam adhesive.  I hope I’ve inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and just have FUN!

Thanks for stopping by!  And a shout out to my mom – today is her birthday!  Love you!

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