Tuesday, 18 February 2014

my little hoo's birthday

It's my little monkey's birthday and I thought Stampotique captured my sentiment best with their monster and little hoo-hoo stamp.  With a stamp this fantastic you don't need much else going on and so I kept it simple (I apologize to my friends for the lack of advance warning; I promise the next project will be messier).

I'm entering this perfect pair into Stampotique Designers Challenge: SDC #134 Perfect Pairs.

I covered the Impression Obsession cover-a-card distressed brick stamp with antique linen distress ink and clear embossed it to create the card background.  Have I told you how much I love Tim Holtz's distress inks?  I might have once or twice.  They are my go-to product for colour and the card below is a somewhat good example and I'll elaborate:   

1. The brick was created by directly applying distress ink colour to the stamp
2. The lettering was individually hand stamped with archival black onto watercolour paper which was initially run through watered down weathered wood, peeled paint and vintage photo (the definition and texture is astounding) but that's not all; you can:
3. Use the distress inks as watercolours
4. Remove colour 
5. Emboss it and, but not limited to,
6. Use distress inks with as many tools as you have in your repertoire including stencils, embossing folders and stamps to get a whole variety of outcomes especially when you play with different types of papers like watercolour, grunge and glossy

No shares bought, just an honest enthusiasm for an amazing and diverse product.

Monster was coloured in with coloured pencils and markers.  Little hoo-hoo was coloured in with markers.  And both were highlighted with Viva Pearl Pen (ice white) and black Sakura Gelly Roll.

The hearts were punch cut and the entire thing was mounted on green cardstock which is Alex's favourite colour.

I have a special evening planned for my amazing little man with all of his favourite things (secretly determined in advance; aren't moms great that way?) and dinner out at the restaurant of his choice (secretly wishing it is not one of the more popular children's restaurant/playpark in the area which I will not name).

Still reeling from a great long weekend and cutting out ten bazillion creature power activators (handmade) for Alex's Wild Kratt birthday party scheduled later on in the month.  How did you spend your weekend?  Was it crafty?


  1. Happy Birthday to your little guy! I'm sure he'll love this great card.

    Little Hoo & the Monster look so fabulous and textured here. I also love the background you created.

    Thanks so much for playing along with my first challenge for Stampotique Designers Challenges!

  2. Love everything about this card, Pam! Super background, great use of lettering, and, yes, even a perfect "pair!" Thanks for participating in the Stampotique Designers' "pairs" challenge this week. Take a moment to go back to the Stampotique site and add SDC134 after your name. I wouldn't want you to miss out on a chance to win one of the two $30 gift certificates being given away at the end of the month!!

  3. What a brilliant card for a little one! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique this week.

  4. Awwww so cute <3
    I love this monster!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC

    xx Arwen

  5. Wonderful pair and a great birthday card !
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique !
    Corrie x