Bubble Birthday

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a festive holiday season.

Have you thought of stretching the use of your dies by using them as stencils or masks?  Today's Bubble Birthday card does just that.


I took the Big Bubble Background (isn't it a fun name and fun design) and die cut it from masking paper which I adhered to a piece of white card stock.


I gathered up a bunch of die and pigment inks in greens and blues and used the eraser end of a pencil to stamp dots through the circles of my mask.  I made sure to stamp along the edges of the mask to define the circle shapes and to layer the colours.


You don't need as many colours of ink as you think for this project because you can use second and third generation stamping from the eraser to give you lighter shades of the same colour.


As a final step, I used a white dye ink and a white pigment ink to stamp circles randomly over the coloured dots to soften the colours.  How crazy fun is this background!

When the panel was finished I thought it would make a great masculine card so I used black glossy card stock to die cut the Jumbled Birthday four times and layered them together for a thick chipboard feel. With the addition of bakers twine, the card is done.


I hope this gives you some ideas on how to look at your dies differently.

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Love this, Sue! A very unique way to make a die do double duty. Happy New Year to you!

That is such a fun card. Love how you masked the big bubbles. Happy New Year to you. Hugz

Love how this turned out, Sue! It's so cool looking and the blues and greens are beautiful! Awesome card!

LOVE the colors you chose and your whole idea here, Sue - wonderful card!

What a great idea! Love this card! Happy New Year Sue!

LOVE this idea! I have used the die itself as a stencil for daubing ink through it but never think to actually cut and use the cut as a stencil. It is the easy things that seem to elude my pea brain! LOL
Great card and awesome technique! TFS!

Sue, that is just the cutest idea. What a great way to color paper and use a die as a template. You are quite the little crafty lady. Very nice card.

Great idea. Yes, I have thought about it but haven't tried it yet. The card looks wonderful.

Sue, this is super cute and a GREAT IDEA! I love the color combination - -so bright and fresh!

amazing, thanks for showing how do you do!

So simple and so very beautiful! thanks for inspiring!

wonderful card design Sue..

fantastic idea Sue!!!! Love it!!!!

What a fun background! It makes me happy just to look at it.

How clever you are, Sue! This is such a fun birthday card...I love the color combo and how you played with your die cut and eraser! Fabulous card!!!

So unique and creative

What a fun technique! Love it!

Oh Sue, this is BEAUTIFUL! I would never have thought to make a card like this. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Fun, fun, fun! Love this.

Brilliant card Sue, LOVE the effect you created, perfect with the bold sentiment die too, Cathy x

love this! Great idea...have to try this out1

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