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Birthday: Monstrous party


Another catch-up post; this card was originally made on March 21st, although the monsters were coloured at the start of February during the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.

When I picked out the monsters stamp to colour, I knew that it would end up on a  birthday card for my younger nephew. Designing cards for adult men is hard enough, but it’s doubly so for almost teenage boys…


The colouring was done with Copic markers and I am really pleased with how the fur texture came out. The trick seems to be to just keep going until it stops being a mess 🙂 The same applies for the background colouring…

I went over the fangs with white marker and gave the one-eyed monster a googly eye.

When I came to adding the image to a card, I wanted to keep it simple. I mounted it flat on a red card base and trimmed the edges with some thin washi tape. The sentiment was stamped on a speech bubble die cut, which was then popped up on some thin foam tape to add a little dimension.

monsters detail


  • stamps:
    Create A Smile – mini birthday
  • digital stamps:
    Tiddly Inks – monstrous party
  • dies:
    Jus Cutz – speech bubble
  • inks:
    Versafine – onyx black
  • pens:
    Sharpie – paint marker – extra fine – white
  • Copic markers:
    green monster
    body – YG11, YG13, YG17
    feet – YR04, YR18
    horns – Y38, YR18
    balloon – Y15, Y17, Y38
    blue monster
    body – B02, B04, B06
    eyes/tail tip – YG21, YG23
    red monster
    body – R05, R24, R46
    horns – Y06, Y08, Y19
    eyes – G20, YG03
    shadow – W00, W1, W3, W5
    background – E70
  • embellishments:
    Little B – 3mm tape – silver harlequin
  • paper and card:
    Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
    Papermill Direct – plain – Christmas red

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