Mama Elephant is one of my favourite companies for dies and stamps and I’ve been trying to build up my collection when I can afford to. This card was wholly made with Mama Elephant stamps and dies. I also opted for a monotone colour pallette as a way of challenging myself to try something new. I’m super happy with the resulting card, and would love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Supplies I Used
- Mama Elephant Zodiac Tiger stamp set
- Mama Elephant Wishes Enclosed stamp set
- Mama Elephant Wishes Enclosed co-ordinating dies
- Mama Elephant Party Scene Cover Die
- Dried Marigold Distress Oxide
- Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide
- Mustard Seed Distress Oxide
- Heffy Doodle 8.5 x 11” Coloured Cardstock – Sunny Side Up
- Generic Gold glitter cardstock
- Crafters Companion Stamping Card
- Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
- WOW Gold embossing powder
- Lawn Fawn Glue Pen
- Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
- Copic Sketch Markers: YR01, YR12, YR14, RV10, E30, E33, E34, E57, YG05, R08, R21, R22
Making the Card
As always, I started off by stamping the images I planned to use for this card from the Zodiac Tiger set. As I use a Scanncut to cut out my images, I tend to stamp way more than I need and save them in the plastic holder for use at a later date. This method came in handy on this card as I originally only planned to include a couple of cats and a taco, and it was only at the end that I decided to add food falling from the sky as my card felt a bit empty.
Once I’d stamped and cut out my images, I moved on to the sentiment. I stamped the It’s Your Birthday sentiment with Versamark Ink onto some white card. I then covered this in WOW gold embossing powder and heat set it. Then I cut the sentiment out using the co-ordinating die. Also, just to point out here that while I do own a Scanncut I do think the coordinating dies are well worth the money for some stamp sets. I would have never achieved as good a cut without the co-ordinating sentiment dies as I did.
Next I moved onto the background, which I did as simply as possible. Starting at the bottom of a piece of white card stock, I blended Dried Marigold, followed by Fossilized Amber, and then Mustard Seed Distress Oxide. I tried to make these as even as possible. Finally, I used the Mama Elephant Party Scene Cover die on some sparkly gold cardstock to create the fun party streamer effect, and glued this on to the background.
To finish my card, I coloured in my stamps using my Copic markers (while constantly having to defend my cutouts from the gnarly hands of a two year old). I then glued these on, and stuck the design to a card base I had created with Heffy Doodle cardstock.
And there you have it, a fun birthday card that I think is 100% suitable for an adult.