Autumn Birthday | Month of Celebration

I’m having a celebration! I recently reached 2000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, plus it’s my birthday month. All month long I’m going to be creating videos, and the more you comment on the more chances you’ll have to win a prize! Check out the original video to hear all about it, then leave a comment on the video, and head over to the Rafflecopter to confirm your entry. Commenting on today’s video is just one way to get an extra entry towards the prize draw.

I decided I wanted to do some ink smooshing to create a watercoloured background, and I wanted it to have an Autumnal feel. For this is used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and Distress Oxide, Wild Honey Oxide, Spiced Marmalade Ink, Festive Berries Oxide, and Tea Dye Ink.

I had a piece of plastic packaging and, working from darkest to lightest I pressed an ink pad onto the packaging spritzed with water, and smooshed onto my panel of watercolour paper. I kept the the colour mostly confined to the central third of the panel. I used my WOW! Dual Speed Heat Tool to dry in between each layer before moving on to the next colour. Once I was happy with the smooshing I dried it a final time before die cutting it out with a Kat Scrappiness Neverending Rectangle die. I then set it aside.

Next I started working on my focal images. I stamped the racoon, owl and music stand from Lawn Fawn’s Critter Concert stamp set onto a snippet of alcohol marker friendly white card stock with MFT’s Black hybrid ink. I also added the sheet music and a bird onto the music stand. I coloured the images with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers, going mostly with neutral shades of grey and brown along with some yellow. I then fussy cut the images out.

For my sentiment I used the “happy birthday” from Hats Off To You and heat embossed it with Chocolate Caramel Pearl embossing powder onto a strip of vellum. I wrapped the vellum around my focal panel which I then adhered to a card base, finishing off by gluing my cute critters into place.

I ended up being much later finishing this card and video than I’d intended, so I’m barely scraping in as being able to say it counts for ‘today’ in my time zone (it’s quarter to midnight as I finish writing this, and I still need to finalise the video upload!) Despite that, I’m happy with how this card turned out, and I really like the vibrant, abstract, autumnal background. What do you think of it? Don’t forget to leave a comment over on YouTube, and complete the Rafflecopter for a chance to win my giveaway prize!


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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PS, I’m in the running for Card of the Month at Creative Scrapbooker Magazine! It would mean a lot to me if you head over and vote. Thanks!


Crafty Gals Corner – Fall Colours

Lawn Fawnatics – Awesome Autumn

Seize The Birthday – Inspired By The Graphic (I was inspired by the smooshed/loose watercolour look of the background)

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge – Anything CAS

Stay Crafty With Hero – Fall/Halloween

10 thoughts on “Autumn Birthday | Month of Celebration

  1. Beautiful fall – birthday card! I love the sweet critters and Beautiful bg ! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! /Karin

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  2. I love your results on your background using the smooshing technique! Your band of critters are just adorable too! Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday for our 200th celebration!

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