Hello, crafters! There’s nothing like a rainbow to brighten up your day, so my birthday card today features a bright and happy rainbow unicorns scene. Don’t have a rainbow stamp big enough to frame your scene? No problems – bring out the good old fashioned compass! I’ve paired a few sets together to make todays cards: Fluffy Puffy Unicorns, Yappy Happy Mail and Party Palooza.
This card started off with a little bit of planning. My well-designed scene cards usually start with this step, so I laid my stamps out on a card base to get an idea of the layout. I’m going for symmetry today, so these two cute mirrored unicorns from Fluffy Puffy Unicorns were perfect for this. I wanted them to be posting a birthday card, so I included the envelope and postbox from Yappy Happy Mail. Doing this also enables you to identify the order in which you have to stamp and mask to get the proper ordering of foreground and background elements.
Once I had an idea of the design, I stamped the elements out onto some Alcohol Marker Friendly Cardstock with some Lawn Fawn Jellyfish ink. I was going for that no-line colouring look so this is a perfect combo!
One element was missing – I wanted a rainbow in the background to ‘frame’ the scene and tie it together. Whilst the Fluffy Puffy Unicorns set does have a rainbow, it is too small for this set. My solution – bring out that old compass from my ancient maths set at school! I chose a central point and just reduced the arc by 7mm each time to get an even rainbow. Just don’t forget to erase the majority of the pencil lines before you start to colour, else the graphite will be forever captured under your ink.
Next – the colouring! I love my Copic markers, so I used at least three markers for every colour to get a good depth. It is important to have a good distance between your shadows and highlights to get good contrast and definition when no-line colouring as you don’t have that thick black outline. Another tip here: if you want some of the finer details (e.g. the eyes and facial features), use some coloured pencil as you can get a finer tip than on a marker.
Once my scene was coloured, I used the lovely scrawly ‘happy birthday’ script from Party Palooza. I stamped this in some Versafine Clair Nocturne ink to get a nice crisp sentiment.
And my card is finished! This would make a wonderful Valentines Day card with a different sentiment. This one will be going to my niece – she loves rainbow unicorns!
Thanks for reading, catch you in a couple of weeks.
Please see below for information on the supplies used in this post.
- Heffy Doodle Fluffy Puffy Unicorns stamps (Heffy Doodle, Simon Says Stamp)
- Heffy Doodle Yappy Happy Mail stamps (Heffy Doodle)
- Heffy Doodle Party Palooza stamps (Heffy Doodle)
- Heffy Doodle Alcohol Marker Friendly Cardstock (Heffy Doodle, Simon Says Stamp)
- Lawn Fawn Jellyfish Ink (Seven Hills Crafts, Simon Says Stamp)
- Copic Markers
- Coloured Pencils