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Birthday card: Monster TV

Monster TV


My first easel card. A birthday card for our neighbour, only four days after his wife’s. He was amused by the googly eyes on the shiny bunny card I made for her, so I took that as my starting point. Unfortunately he’s not a big fan of animals, cute or otherwise, which limited my options; luckily I have these monsters from Lawn Fawn…


I’ve coloured these monsters with Copics before, so I decided to watercolour them this time using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I stamped the images in archival ink on watercolour paper, apart from the balloon, which was stamped with a dye ink. The leftmost monster was mirror-stamped using a flat stamp as the intermediate surface and then drawn over using a waterproof pen. I also added in a baseline to ground the image. Then I coloured it with the Zig real brush pens: some of it was blended out just with water, some was blended with two colours.

The card base was cut to size (27cm x 13.5cm) and scored at the quarter and half-way marks. The resting point for the easel was created by partial die-cutting with a small circle die. If I had realised that I was going to want to add some patterned paper to the inside of the card I would have done it before doing the die-cutting; doing it afterwards meant I had to die-cut the patterned paper separately and do some fiddly lining up of pieces.

I cut another piece of patterned paper and one of black paper to mat the main panel. Once those were layered together, I attached it to one half of the front of the card base. The final touch was to add the googly eyes onto the monsters.


  • stamps:
    Lawn Fawn – monster mash
    Paper Smooches – boob tubes
    Paper Smooches – babe block (for mirror stamping)
    Hero Arts – it’s your day
    WPlus9 – whole lotta happy
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – small stitched squares
    Sizzix – framelits – circles 2
  • inks:
    Ranger – archival ink – jet black
    Versafine – onyx black (sentiment)
  • pens:
    Staedtler – fineliner 0.5
  • colour:
    Hero Arts – shadow ink – red royal
    Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens
  • embossing:
    Hero Arts – embossing powder – ultrafine clear
  • embellishments:
    googly eyes
  • paper and card:
    Centura Pearl – gold
    Bo Bunny – paper pad – very vintage double dot designs
    Derwent – black drawing paper

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