Hello! Niki here and today I have another birthday card idea for you. You can never have enough birthday cards tucked away, am I right? This one is for someone a little extra special since it takes a bit of time to color.

To start, cut an A2 sized piece of Classic Crest Solar White and blend in some ink from the lower right corner. This is where we’re going to stamp the image; the ink helps give the flowers somewhere to “sit.”

I chose Green Hills (Hero Arts) to blend into the background because it’s a beautiful light color and won’t interfere with the colors for the columbine image (Whimsy Stamps). I stamped the flowers in Onyx Black (Memento) so I could color them with Copic markers.

For the flowers, I used a blend of BV01, BV02, BV04, and a touch of G14 with Y13 for the yellow centers. The leaves are colored with a mix of G14 and G17.

To give the flowers a little extra sparkle, I painted over the darkest petals with a Wink of Stella Brush Pen in Violet.

To frame those lovely columbines, I trimmed 1/8” from the edges of the Classic Crest, then I used an A2 sized piece of Basis cardstock in Dark Purple to mat the card front.

To make the sentiment, I stamped the word “Wonderful” (You’re My Favorite, Whimsy Stamps) with embossing ink on a piece of Basis cardstock in Black, and heat embossed with fine white embossing powder (Ranger Industries).

It was too big a sentiment to leave as a strip, so I fussy-cut it out, adhered it to the card front with foam squares, and added “birthday wishes” on a skinny piece of cardstock just below it.

To finish up, I popped a few light green adhesive gems around the flowers, then attached the card front to an A2 card base with Scor-Tape.

If you'd like to try your hand at coloring, the smooth-surfaced, marker-friendly Classic Crest is on sale until the end of the month. Grab a package to test out your favorite coloring mediums!

Thanks so much for reading today! 

️  Niki • cardstoq.com • @cardstoq (on Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter)

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