As my girlfriends and I get older, I have come to appreciate the humor in our ever-larger birthdays. I suppose, like a lot of people, I like to say when people ask how old I am on my birthday that I’m 29 again. Yeah right! When I saw the stamp set called Never Too Old to Laugh from Art Impressions, I had to have it because it had that sentiment and some other pretty funny ones. So, I thought I’d do a little bit of Copic coloring today.
I stamped this image on Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock from the store. This is such a pretty cardstock. It has a shimmery finish that makes it appear almost to glow. It’s really nice to do Copic coloring on because the coating seems to hold the ink on the surface longer, which makes blending easier. I found that dabbing the marker tip actually works better than using long brush strokes on this paper. It blends better this way. The cardstock will go through most inkjet printers well also. That’s super handy if you want to use a digital stamp. There are many different colors of Curious Metallic cardstock in the store. There is a color for everyone, and the mica finish is stunning.
After stamping the image, I colored this lovely lady with Copic Markers and placed a strip of Happy Birthday Banner Washi Tape in the corner. I used a Black Micron 08 marker to doodle the flowers in her dress and added stripes to her hat.
Copic Colors Used:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Dress, Hat, Purse, Balloon: Y000, V01, V04, V06, V09, Y15
Hair: W1, W3, Y15
I inserted yellow and purple balloon brads to create a bigger cluster of balloons for this character to finish this image. Her expression is priceless, isn’t it?! In this closeup, you can see a bit of the shimmery finish if you look closely. In person, it’s much more evident but isn’t overpowering.
I found a piece of black floral paper in my scraps and cut it with a stitched A2 size die. I cut another rectangle in this piece using an inside-out stitched rectangle die. This created the space to make a shaker window.
I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape around the back of the card mat and applied an acetate piece cut from recycled packaging for the shaker window. I highly recommend saving plastic clamshell packaging for shaker cards. It works great, and you give the plastic another life instead of it going immediately to the landfill.
I finished creating the shaker window by applying double-sided foam tape around the frame, and then I filled it with several different kinds of shaker bits. Some people like to peel off the foam tape backing before filling the window, but I prefer to fill it first and then carefully pull off the adhesive backing. I have less trouble with the shaker bits sticking to the foam tape this way. I filled it with heart sequins, beads, and a birthday mix of stars and balloons.
The last step was to apply the lady image to the window well, ensuring the image was straight. I used a scissor to trim excess cardstock so that it wouldn’t be seen around the outside of the mat. I also placed four candle brads in the bottom border for a little added embellishment. The hard work was done at that point. I simply needed to glue the finished panel to a black A2 card base in Basis Black Cardstock.
To finish this card, I used black embossing powder on a scrap of the Cryogen White cardstock to heat emboss a speech bubble using the stamped phrase from this set which says, “29 Again?? I placed it on the front and added three white enamel dots to the card’s upper right corner.
This card was a lot of fun to complete. I really enjoyed trying out Curious Metallic Cryogen White for Copic coloring. I think this could be extra nice for floral images because of the mica finish in it. Give it a try! It’s on sale in March. Now is the perfect time to try it.