Tutorial – Happy Birthday Card


I began by making a water colour background using paints. I used a spray bottle to wet my water colour paper. I then made a watery wash of paint and brushed it across the top of the paper. I then sprayed it and let it run down the paper. I dried the paper with my heat gun. Once dried I repeated the process with different pinks and oranges to build up the colour. Once dry I dribbled more concentrated paint drips down the paper.

Once the paper was completely dried, I chose a large flower stamp, mine was a poppy stamp from IndigoBlu. I stamped the image with black ink for a background image.

I trimmed the image down to 5” x 5” and matted it onto a piece of purple cardstock. I set this aside for later.

Next, I took a piece of kraft cardstock and two AALL & Create background stamps. I used the Wow embossing pad to stamp random images onto the card. I then added the WOW bonding powder and heated with my heat gun. I added WOW foils in purples, pinks, and silvers

I trimmed this to 5” x 5”, distressed the edges and added it too my white 6” x 6” card blank.

I added a piece of purple ribbon and bakers’ twine around the card towards the bottom. I added my stamped image directly on top of the ribbon with foam pads.

Next, I coloured a piece of white cardstock purple with water colour pens. I then stamped another poppy image over the top with the WOW embossing pad and dusted with bonding powder. I heated with my heat gun before adding a rose gold foil. Once cooled I trimmed it and added it to the stamped panel

Next, I made a happy birthday sentiment using my little dies and cutting machine. I found this little sizzix machine when I moved craft rooms, forgot I had it. I cut out the sentiment, covered it with the embossing pad and bonding powder before heating with the heat gun and adding rose gold foil. I reheated the sentiment and added more foil to catch any bare bits.

Once cooled, I glued it to white cardstock before fussy cutting it and adding it to the stamped panel.

I took a piece of hexagon patterned paper with butterflies from the indigoBlue mixed media kit and added them to the car with foam pads.

I took another piece of water colour paper and made another water colour wash background. Once dry, I hand drew 3 five petal flowers and made a 3D flower. I squashed it flat before adding to the ribbon. I decorated with tiny paper rose flowers and buttons to finish.

And there you go, using WOW foils to make backgrounds and sentiments for cards

I hope you can have a play too



Wow clear embossing pad

Wow Foils: assorted colours mainly purples, pink, rose gold and silver

AALL & Create stamp #336 Bold alpha’s

AALL & Create stamp #338 Background noise

Sizzix die cutting machine and “ happy birthday” die

Tiny paper rose flowers

Selection of flower and leaf stamps

Black ink pad

Heat Gun

Foam pads

Plaid MS paint: Folk art paint in pinks, purples and oranges

Wow bonding powder

6 x 6 white card blank and envelope

Water colour papers

Bakers String

Sheer purple ribbon

Coloured water colour pens

Cardstock in kraft, cream, purple and white


IndigoBlu mixed media kit 1

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