July 3, 2016
One of my daughter’s best friends is turning six this month. My daughter wanted to make something special for her. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card. It soon became a whole story that wouldn’t fit on just four panels, so it turned into a Color Your Own Birthday Book.
The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book
Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “Lucy the Fairy is turning 6 today. All of her friends are getting ready for her party. The mice are in charge of the cupcakes.”
Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “The mermaids are finding decorations for the party.”
Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Bigfoot and the forest animals help put up the decorations.”
The last page
Size: Horizontal side fold 4.5 x 6” card
Extra Details: I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First, I stamped the decorative stamps on the corners and between the panels. I used Lawn Fawn’s Frosties stamps. Using a thin black sharpie, I connected parts of the snowflakes to make them look more like flowers. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the apron on the mouse in the frame, the horizon lines, and the pile of decorations. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book. I did add some pink marker to the title to help it stand out.
Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Dad + Me, Fairy Friends, Fintastic Friends, Flirty Frames, Frosties, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Mermaid for You, Merry Christmouse, Milk and Cookies, Mom + Me, Peace Joy Love, Sally’s ABCs, To a Fungi, and Year Two
Paper: water color paper
Ink: Versa Fine
Simon Says Stamp Fog ink
Hope you enjoyed the card