#863 – Birthday Wishes!

PE: Designer’s choice at Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!

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Hello and welcome! My sister’s birthday came around a month ago and I had made this card for her –


Since I usually make some florals, I thought of going for critters this time. And with a window too (since I wasn’t completely happy with my last attempt of having a window card with critters in it).

So the first thing I did was stamp all the critters and watercolor them.
I used stamps from:
My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes
My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes
My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles
My Favorite Things Scene Builder
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits
I used watercolor paper from CrafTangles. After doing some no-line water-coloring using colors from Zig Brush markers, I added some accents to a few potions, like the cake and the party accessories and the balloons using sparkly colored gel pens or clear sparkle pen. Finally, I fussy cut all the images out.


Next to the card base. I first masked off a portion for the ground and then blended in the blue lightly and then used the Mudra Brick brick stencil on top to add more color. I used some makeup brushes, which I newly bought – and oh, wow, do I love them! I’ve never achieved such lovely blending! For the ground, I blended in the grey and then added some lines using a grey marker to indicate wooden flooring.

I used a single die from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the three windows.


The inside of the card is more water-coloring, for which I used a separate watercolor panel. This time, I used distress inks. Also, the wooden porch where the darling piggy is standing is brown shaded and another piece. Both the water-colored background and the porch are adhered directly on top of the inside of the card.

Finally, I heat embossed the sentiments, from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, both inside and outside the card, using white ep. Finally, I adhered all he fussy cut critters on top, along with the cake and decorations.

And that’s my card for my sister!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #387: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #269: Anything Goes

Hndmd/CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #62 (bottom row, clouds-animals-layers)

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

21 thoughts on “#863 – Birthday Wishes!

  1. This is such a great card! I love the little indoor scene, with a window peeking through to the beautiful day outside. And I get to thank you for entering two challenges, Addicted to Stamps and More and the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge!

  2. Fantastic card. Love the little scene inside and out. Thanks for sharing with us at Watercooler Wednesday this week,

  3. Wow, really great card! I love the watercoloring both inside and out. And you did such a great job tying the scenes together with your die-cut window. We are so pleased that you joined us this week at Watercooler Wednesday. Karen – DT

  4. What a lovely card, with its gorgeous little scene so beautifully watercoloured! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Take care! πŸ™‚

  5. What an adorable card Ashwini. Lovely colouring and super cute scene. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

  6. Ashwini,
    Amazing Birthday card, I know your sister will love it. Love the no line watercoloring. So happy to see you back playing along with us over at Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

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  8. Wonderful card Ashwini! And amazing no line watercoloring too!
    Thank you and we hope you will join us again in the next ATSM Challenge!.
    Anna – Design Team member at Addicted to Stamps and More
    Visit my blog – Crafty Anna Studio.
    You can also find me on Instagram – CraftyAnna Studio
    Thank you!

  9. Wow Ashwini ! Seems you are hooked to watercoloring this month , critters next best choice after florals for no line colouring .I just loved how you have built the entire card design around those cute critters , and the sky ..painted on inner panel looks so realistic !

  10. As you know, I don’t usually make cute and critter cards, but I know a *special* card when I see one! LOVE this card! The outside is amazing, and the inside is even better IMHO. Are you having a call for new sisters :D?

    • Well, I would definitely send special cards for my special friends as well!! So for now, I’ll just thank you for those kind words from you! 😘

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