greeting cards

Birthday: Cheers

cheers bottles

This was created on 7th July: day 3 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

What is it with all the masculine cards in the middle of summer? This one was for my neighbour, who does like an occasional tipple; I didn’t have any whisky bottle images to hand, so had to go with the second option of wine bottles instead.


I stamped a selection of bottles in waterproof ink: one row of three to go across the card and a couple of individual ones. I also stamped and coloured a few corks to go with the bottles. When everything was dry I trimmed the main bottle panel to size and rounded the top corners. The two standalone bottles were fussy cut out and covered in glossy accents and left for a long long time just to be on the safe side.

The sentiment was die-cut in black card using individual letter dies. I did consider die-cutting the letters in silver as well and then inlaying them, but I like the little bit of extra dimension you get from just gluing a piece of silver card behind the black strip (and I was running short on time and this was quicker).

When I laid out the card before gluing anything down, I realised that I liked the layout but it needed something else. As sequins weren’t really appropriate on this occasion, I added some paper piercing around the bottles on the panel.

The finished panel was mounted centrally on the card base. The sentiment was adhered at an angle over the top and the overhanging ends were trimmed off. Then the two shiny bottles were popped up on foam tape, along with the corks. The final touch was to add some faux stitching in black pen around the main panel.

cheers - detail



  • stamps:
    Create A Smile – message in a bottle
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – Finley’s ABCs
  • inks:
    Versafine – onyx black
  • pens:
    Copic – multiliner – black – 0.3
  • colour:
    Daniel Smith watercolours
  • paper and card:
    Daler Rowney – The Langton – cold pressed watercolour paper
    Papermill Direct – plain – azure blue
    Papermill Direct – peregrina card – sandgrain – silver
  • miscellaneous:
    paper piercer

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