Oh I love the spring — all the cheery bright and pastel colors — and how the earth seems to come back to life after being dormant through the winter. My parents’ wedding anniversary is in mid-April so I thought I would get ahead of the curve (that almost never happens!) and make them a card early.

20160404_160116I stamped out a prince and princess from The Greeting Farm Ever After collection using My Favorite Things black licorice ink, picking the flirty Leonard to represent my dad and the short wavy-haired Sheena to represent my mom. I used the following Copic colors to put them in aqua, teal, and pink outfits:
Leonard: Skin: E50, 51, 11 and R30; Cape and belt: B000, 01 and 02; Shirt and pants: G000, BG10 and BG13; Hair and shoes: C2, C6, C8 and B000
Sheena: Skin: E50, 51, 11 and R20; Dress and headband: R30, 20, 32

I fussy cut them out and then worked on creating an interesting and dimensional base for them to pop up from. I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle square die to cut a white base, then designed a “stripe” made from white crepe paper streamers that I box pleated, a little pom pom trim and a few mulberry paper flowers. I made sure to position the little boy and girl before adding the flowers, using double layers of foam adhesive to get them level with all the trimmings.

20160404_160134I wanted to keep the card base all white so that the attention would go to the little prince and princess so I triple die cut the “happy anniversary” sentiment from the Sizzix Celebrate Thinlit dies in white card stock and glued them one on top of the other to achieve a good thickness. I adhered them at an angle because the words seemed to fit that way better.

For the inside of the card, I used pale pink card stock for the liner sheet and the “Dreams Do Come True” sentiment from the stamp set.  Then because I didn’t wait for the ink to fully dry, I got some smudges that I had to cover up. Luckily, I had a scrap of beautiful cherry blossom (my mom’s favorite flower) pattered paper to I was able to fussy cut out a few branches and flowers to add wonderful interest and cover up the smears. I liked the card much more with these flowers, so in a way I’m glad the smudges got me to dig into my scrap box for these last minute additions!

The following is a process video with some skin and hair Copic coloring details:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
MarkerPOP Spring Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Pastel Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Farm Fresh Challenge – Bloom Where You Are Planted!
Card Mania Spring Challenge
Whimsy Stamps Spring Colors Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Girls Creations Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Card Sketch #274 Challenge

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