Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy birthday Dinos for Thomas

My nephew, Thomas, is turning 4 soon, and I knew that I would have to pull out Lawn Fawn's Critters from the Past to make him a birthday card.  I used LOTS of layered masking, embossing on top of Distress Ink blending, adding Copic colouring on top of Distress blending, and removing colour with the Copic colourless blender pen.  This is what I came up with:
 This is how it started - stamped first, then masked:
I added 2 more masks- one for the moon, and a large one to separate the land from the sky.  I then blended 3 Distress inks for the sky (Tunbled Glass, Faded Denim and Chipped Sapphire) and 2 for the land (Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint).  Because I'm a total nerd, I couldn't use Mowed Lawn, because grass did not exist at the time of the dinosaurs (even though these 4 dinosaurs didn't all exist at the same time either - poetic license!)
Before I removed the last masks, I stamped the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Tiny Star Background and embossed in silver.
 After this, I removed all the masks and coloured with my Copics:
I added some swirly lines with some light and dark Copics and the colourless blender over the land to give it some texture, and gave the dinosaurs some dots and stripes for some added interest. 
The sentiment inside says "wish big".

I'm submitting this card to Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Animal Antics.
Thanks to a heads up from my friend, Jenny, I'll also be submitting this card to TIME OUT challenge #3 - birthday with a masculine twist.

Thanks for visiting :)


  1. Beautiful Michelle, the layering and texture on this card is wonderful!

  2. Super cute! BTW Time Out challenge theme is HB with masculine twist.

  3. Any young boy would love to get this card. Beautifully done card Michelle. Happy Easter.

  4. oh wow, this is awesome, great job and your coloring is fantastic. so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  5. I laughed out loud that you knew that there was no grass when the dinosaurs existed. I laughed even hard that it prevented you from using mowed lawn. I love the density of the sparkly stars, too! A wonderful scene!

    1. I originally planned on just stamping some scattered stars, but when I looked at my star background stamp, I thought "well, there was no light pollution in those days, so there would have been heaps of stars visible!" What can I say, Ardyth - I'm a total science nerd ;)

  6. Awesome card! thanks for sharing the how-to!

  7. Fantastic card - all of the masking was worth it! Love the rich colours and cute dinosaurs :)

  8. What a fun card! Great masking and stamping. Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

  9. Superb scene and amazing coloring, I like the starry night :)

  10. Great stamping! And what a super card! Thanks for taking the Time Out to join us, Gerrina

  11. Michelle, this is seriously amazing! Wow! Wow! Wow! Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!


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