Cute Birthday Dragons & a Pop-Up Cake.

Today is a quick little post to share this fun card I made for my nephew’s birthday! I love making action cards for kids and I’ve just had a new cake pop up die that I’ve been wanting to use.

I decided on a design with a baby dragon blowing fire onto the unlit candles, then inside the cake would pop up with the candles lit.

I coloured each of my images in with alcohol markers, (a mix of Copics & Promarkers,) and added some more depth & detail with pencil crayons. (This is a tip I picked up from the 30-Day Colouring Challenge Roadshow Online Course by Kathy Racoosin, which is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. *Not an advert, it just really helped me!) I made the background with Distress Oxide inks and my make-up blending brushes, then just secured everything together with a mixture of foam adhesive squares & liquid glue.

The pop up cake wasn’t exactly easy to do, it’s just very fiddly which isn’t easy when my hands don’t always do what I want them to! But I do like the effect and my nephew loved it, which is what matters most.

It was a lot of fun to make and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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  • Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock – Solar White
  • Hobbycraft Silver Glitter/Blue Glitter/Light Blue/Red cardstock
  • My Favourite Things – Magical Dragons stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn – Year Two & Year Three stamp sets
  • Crafter’s Companion – Create-a-Card Pop Up Cake die set
  • Altenew – Tall Alphas die set
  • Avery Elle – Simple Sentiments stamp set
  • Sizzix – Magical Unicorn die set (Clouds)
  • Distress Oxide – Blueprint Sketch & Salty Ocean
  • Copic Ciao Markers (Various)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers/Brushmarkers (Various)
  • Black Widow Colouring Pencils (Various)
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Colouring Pencils (Various)
  • Ranger Multi Medium matte
  • Gina K – Connect Glue
  • Unbranded Foam Adhesive
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

2 thoughts on “Cute Birthday Dragons & a Pop-Up Cake.

  1. Hi Tasha, a super special card for Caleb’s birthday, I’m guessing he is turning four with the number of candles on the cake, love the DOI background, I haven’t tried anything but ink applicators for applying a layer like this. Thank you for the tips, have a wonderful week… Megan

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    1. Thanks so much!
      Tbh I struggle with the foam applicators, I think I am a bit too heavy handed with them really. I find the blending brushes work much better for me, but granted it does take a bit longer to get this much saturation.
      I just use some brushes I got off Amazon, they’re supposed to be for make up but they work brilliantly for ink blending!
      Give me a shout if you try them, I’d love to see what you make!


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