Happy Birthday Monster

I didn’t really get into using digi stamps until the last quarter of last year. I’d used a couple of digital stamps before that, but I didn’t really have anything to colour them with, so it wasn’t until I got my first alcohol markers that I really started trying them out.

This card began with printing out the adorable monster digi, which is a freebie from Create A Smile, onto some alcohol marker friendly paper. I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers to colour the monster in. I decided to colour the body of the monster green, and used two shades of green along with a yellow for my highlight tone. The yellow really helped brighten the monster.

I used the yellow again as the highlight tone on the monster’s hair. I wanted the hair to be a bright orange, and the yellow highlight really assisted with that brightness. I then decided to colour the dots on the monster in blue as this would complement the orange and yellow tones nicely. Having finished the colouring I fussy cut the monster and set him aside.

Next I started working on my background. I cut a panel of white card to be just smaller than my card base. I placed the Growing Dots stencil from Marabu over my panel, then started applying Texture Paste through it. I think my paste may be drying out as it was pretty difficult to work with. I combined some of the texture paste with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide and applied that to one corner of my panel, then combined some more paste with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to apply to the opposite corner. Finally I added uncoloured paste to fill out the rest of the panel, and set it aside to dry overnight.

The final element to create was my sentiment strip. I chose a simple happy birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Super Script stamp set and white heat embossed it onto a piece of black card. I then trimmed the black piece down to make a little banner with angled ends.

With my background panel dry I was able to assemble my card. I used strong double-sided adhesive to adhere the textured panel to my yellow card base. I then used foam tape on the back of the monster to add him to the panel. I also popped up the sentiment banner, but using black foam squares rather than foam tape. Finally I decided to add a little extra fun with some googly eyes.

Despite having to fight with the texture paste for my background, I’m really happy with this card. The colours work really nicely together, and it makes a fun, bright birthday card. I really love the monster image, and I think he’d be great for using on a Halloween card, or for adding into a scene. And the great thing about monsters is that you can really colour them up any way you like!


Lady Joyful

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23 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Monster

    1. Thank you! Yes, I’m just heading over to link up 🙂 I forgot to add the challenge information before hitting publish so I had to go back to add it in!


  1. Hi Charlotte, A fantastic card for any monster loving kid. I love the googley eyes you added to him and his flame red hair… thank you for joining us at Lil Patch, good luck in the prize draw… Megan DT LPoCF

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  2. Such a cute little monster and I love all the texture! Thank you so much for playing along with us in the the Stencil It Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week 🙂

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  3. What a fabulously fun card!!! I love the background you created….and the googly eyes were the perfect thing to add to that adorable monster!!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter’s Castle this month….good luck 🙂
    Hugs… Janie
    Crafter’s Castle

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  4. Such a fun card that instantly made me smile. I love the whole design.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog. Have a great day x

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  5. What a cute little monster! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Crafter’s Castle this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Blessings, Jeanie
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Crafter’s Castle

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