‘Surprise!’ Birthday Card – Timeout Inspired by Words Challenge

Hello lovelies and welcome back to my blog,

It’s your birthday, so throw acts of kindness around like confetti

Timeout Inspired by Words

I was asked to make a personalised card for a special little boy who turned 2 this last weekend, and I just knew I had to use this adorable stamp from Avery Elle. I think it is just so cute!! All of the animals are popping out of the box, and I thought that would be perfect for this month’s challenge.


I stamped it using Gina K Amalgam ink, because it is copic friendly; I used a mixture of Copic and Windsor & Newton alcohol markers to lay down a first layer of colour.

I always do this, then layer some pencil crayon over the top to add more definition because I am most comfortable doing that. I used my new pencil crayons Arteza; this was my very first time playing with them, so I will let you know how well I feel they work once I’ve had more chances to really get a feel for them.

Once I was happy with how my animals were looking I fussy cut the whole image, ready to pop onto my card panel with some foam tape later on.

I wanted to add a birthday banner that could hold the recipients name, so I drew out a banner shape and added my greeting. I used different colours and a ‘messy’ letter style with random splats of colour; I wanted it to look like the animals had made it with paint. I fussy cut the banner out and used a craft knife to cut around the Rabbit’s paw & the Owl’s wing; that way I could slot the banner just underneath and have it look as though the animals are holding it themselves. I’m really happy with how that turned out.


I blended some Unicorn white dye ink from Hero Arts through an unbranded sun blast stencil to give the background some action and interest. This set comes with 2 confetti stamps, so I stamped them lots of times and coloured them in using the same colours as I used for the banner message. I added them all around the animals; spending more time than I am willing to admit to get them looking random, but in a controlled way.


A heat embossed vellum strip, a blue matting layer and silver stitched detail finished this card off.

I’m really happy with how this turned out! I love the sense of movement the stencilled ‘burst’ background creates.

In terms of the colouring, I am by far most happy with the way that the little puppy turned out; I think that this is the first time that I’ve managed to pull off the look of a white object that still has some dimension.


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  • Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White
  • Wilko’s brand Ink Cartridge refill
  • Copic Ciao Markers
    • BV00
    • BV04
  • Winsor & Newton Pro/Brushmarkers
    • Hair – Y747, o324, 0345
    • Belt/Wand Tip/Necklace/Head Band – V735
    • Skin – O729, O618
    • Wings – CG1, CG2
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen – Silver
  • Wink of Stella – GL. Clear 999
  • Versamark Watermark ink pad
  • WOW! Embossing Powder
    • Metallic Silver – Superfine
  • Distress Oxide – Peacock Feathers
  • Unbranded make up blending brush
  • Altenew – Skylight Stencil
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Moonlight
  • Ranger Matte Multi Medium glue
  • Unbranded double sided adhesive tape
  • Anita’s – Silver Mirror Back Gems, various sizes

6 thoughts on “‘Surprise!’ Birthday Card – Timeout Inspired by Words Challenge

  1. He is going to love this-so much fun and so full of vibrant colours-adore how you used the sunray! And I am so pleased our words inspired you! Thanks for joining Time Out x

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