Color in a hurry with digital stamps. This one from Gerda Steiner Designs is so cute, and the simple illustration makes it perfect for adding your own personal flair.
The first step in creating this Birthday card that I needed in a hurry was finding a sweet design that I could download and color quickly. In this case, I didn't have time to wait for a physical stamp to be delivered. Digital stamps are perfect in such a case. I definitely prefer to have a physical stamp quite often so that I can use different colors and types of inks or techniques as well. I think of digital stamps like a coloring book.
No waiting for delivery!
“I was in a hurry and didn't have time to wait for delivery. Digital Images afford instant download to print, and are less expensive. But I usually buy the physical stamp too.”
I used Copic Markers to color the image. The "recipe" for this card is:
1 Gerda Steiner Designs Extra Sweet Birthday stamp (or digital image)
1 Karen Burniston #1030 Happy Birthday craft die
My Favorite Things Wonky Circle Stax craft dies
Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock
Half-fold A-2 card or card stock cut to 5.25" X 8.5", scored and folded at 4.25"
Copic Markers (or other preferred coloring method) For this card used W00, W0, W1, W4, W6, RV000, RV04, RV06, E31, BG23,BG18,YR15, YR08 and R29.
In addition, I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens for some small added details and a Gelly Roll 08 white pen for splatters, polka dots and highlights.
First Things First
Download and print or stamp your mouse and cupcake image. Be sure to use Copic friendly inks when stamping like Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Premium Die ink. If you print from a laser printer, you shouldn't have any bleeding. If you print from an inkjet printer, be sure the ink is completely dry before you start coloring. You can even use a heat tool to dry and set the ink if you want to be certain your ink won't run.
The mouse is W1 with W4 and W6 shading. His ears and cheeks are RV000. His tummy is W00 and W0. His tail is W6. The party hat is BG 23, BG18, RV04 and RV06. Shading in the white stripes is W0. Cupcake frosting is RV04 and RV06. Candle stripes are RV04. Cupcake wrapper is BG23 and BG18. Cake portion is E31. Flame is YR15, YR08 and R29. I added tiny hairs and details with various Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens and a Gelly Roll 08 pen.
I used my Brother ScanNCut to do the hard work of fussy cutting my Gerda Steiner Designs Sweetest Birthday image. I love that this machine can do such a beautiful job of fussy cutting and in just a few seconds. Of course, a nice sharp pair of scissors and attention to detail works just fine to cut out your images. I'm not a very good fussy cutter and I'm kind of lazy so the ScanNCut works well for me. Please use your own discretion. I used Karen Burniston's Happy Birthday craft die and cut it out of both white and black card stock. I used my Copic markers in BG 23 and BG18 for color the white card stock and then added a faux splattery polka dot finish with a white Gelly Roll 08 pen to match the cupcake wrapper.
I used a Ranger mini round ink blending tool to sponge Tim Holtz distress ink in picked raspberry on a piece of white card stock and then cut it out with My Favorite Things Wonky Circles die. I popped up the pink circle with 3M foam tape to add dimension. Then I glued my colored and black Happy Birthday letters together, offsetting the black just behind the colored ones to create a shadow effect. It really makes the words pop right off the card! I arranged the mouse and cupcake and the words on the pink circle and glued it all together with Art Glitter Dries clear glue using the fine tip.
This was a quick card to put together and a fun, sweet image to color.