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Dino birthday

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Another birthday card and once again my inspiration for card-making has deserted me. And it’s for a guy so, of course, absolutely nothing in my stash is suitable. Luckily I have my secondary stash of coloured images to fall back on. A quick sort through and I settled on this cute dinosaur and his stack of presents — I was (and still am) really pleased with how the colouring turned out on this image.

So all I had to do was come up with an idea for a card to put him on. Much as I like clean and simple when other people do it, it rarely satisfies me when I try.

I had the idea to fill the background with “happy birthday” in block letters and set about sketching it out. When I was happy with it I traced it onto a watercolour paper card base because I had decided to combine making the card with testing out my new acrylic gouache paints: sixteen letters meant that I could conveniently test all the colours in the set apart from the black and white.

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I filled the background in with a silver Posca paint pen and outlined the letters with a black one. If I had tried to put the dinosaur directly over the top he would have got lost in all that colour, but a piece of vellum taped on one edge solved that problem.

I’ve got another three birthdays in the next three weeks so I have to get my mojo in gear. I might be able to sort one from my stash, and I have a couple of suitable coloured images for another, but my brother has a big birthday coming up so that one will definitely have to be made from scratch…

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Copic markers:

dinosaur – YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93
dino toes – YG91, YG93
dino spots – BG49
dino eyes – BG000, YG91, 0
balloon – V12, V15, V17
present 1 – N0, N2, N4 V12, V17
present 2 – N0, N2, N4 BG49, BG57
bow – BG45, BG07, BG49


  • digital stamps:
    DigiStamp Boutique – birthday dino (retired)
  • colour:
    Holbein Acryla gouache
  • pens:
    Posca PC1-MR black, silver
  • embellishments:
    Ranger – glossy accents (eyes)
    Irresistible pico embellisher – shimmer (balloon)
  • paper and card:
    Dovecraft premium vellum
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Daler-Rowney Langton hot pressed 300gsm watercolour paper

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The dinosaur was coloured on 16th January 2018; day 2 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge

6 thoughts on “Dino birthday”

    1. He did! He’s one of those rare men who not only appreciates the work that goes into my handmade cards but also makes sure I know he does. Apparently he has a box specially for the cards I’ve made for him and his family 🙂


    1. Vellum is so useful for separating focal images from the background. As for mojo… I’m fine once I’ve picked a project and started it, but getting to that point is so hard at the moment. I’ve got to make a big number birthday card for my brother this week and my mind is completely blank 😦


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