Friday, 29 December 2017

Panda Birthday Card

Hello, Crafters.
On my blog yesterday, I said I'd check out the Tutti Frutti Stampin' Spots (SS) in the afternoon.

I said this because I'd found my Basic Black Archival SS, that was in my Lots of Happy All-Inclusive Kit which I opened on Wednesday, was very dry. 

I also said I thought it was probably because the ink hadn't been stored upside down! 

When I'd tidied up on Wednesday, I made sure the Tutti Frutti SS were all upside down, and I'm very pleased to say that when I stamped with them yesterday, they all stamped beautifully!

I have heard from some people that quite a few of the SS have been found to be quite dry, and I'm very confident I've found the reason!

I'd be very interested hearing from anyone where this hasn't been the case!

After I'd finished my testing, I started working on the project for Sunday's video, which is a storage idea for SS and more! 

Once I'd reached the point where I think I have it sussed, I started working on today's card. 
We have so many super stamp sets, I found it really difficult to make up my mind which set I wanted to use first! LOL!

I chose the Party Pandas Stamp Set for the images and the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set for the sentiment. 

Black and white is the obvious colour scheme to go for but, in my mind, that's not very suitable for a child's birthday card.

I decided to colour the party hat using the Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry Marker Pens.

This made it easy to use Crushed Curry Cardstock (CS) for layering.

For the base of my card I used Whisper White CS, with a layer of Crushed Curry CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I dry embossed this top layer using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. 

Next, using Basic Black Archival Ink, and two squares of Whisper White CS, I stamped the Panda on one, and the sentiment on the other one. 

I layered both squares onto slightly larger squares of Crushed Curry CS, and then onto larger squares of Basic Black CS.

Normally I adhere my images and sentiments in straight lines, but I remember commenting on one of the swaps I received at OnStage in November, saying I should tilt my images and sentiments so I don't have to struggle with straight lines! 

The idea worked well! 

The only slight problem was remembering which side of the Panda not to put Dimensionals on, but I succeeded....... eventually! 

I finished the front of the card by adding three black Rhinestones randomly around the sentiment.

Inside the card I adhered a layer of Crushed Curry CS, and then a layer of Whisper White CS.  

Using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Panda holding the envelope, and painted the heart on the envelope using my Crushed Curry Marker Pen.

I can see this stamp being a great success for Valentine Day cards! It's just so cute!

The Party Pandas Stamp Set is a Sale-a-bration gift that will be  available free, from 3rd January 2018, with an order of €60/£45.

That's it from me today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Jan, this is adorable and I really like the off center/tilted placement of the panda and sentiment. I wasn't sure that this set would make it to my wish list when I saw it in the catalog but now I think it's a go. Thanks for sharing this card with us.

    Bernice P

    1. Hi, Bernice. I really must tilt my images and sentiments more often - it's so nice not worrying about getting them straight! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.