Kayaking Birthday

Although I used to canoe in my younger days, I don’t think that I’ve ever kayaked. They do look like lots of fun though and I really like that this kayaker could be either a male or female so that the card is gender neutral. I also added the lily pads because I remember loving canoeing amongst the lilies.

I wanted to make a simple one layer card, but I also wanted to color the kayak with Stampin’ Blend Markers. The Stampin’ Blend Markers do bleed through the paper and I don’t like the look of the bleed through, so I stamped the kayak onto a separate piece of basic white, colored it and then fussy cut it and adhered to the card front. It does give a bit of dimension to the kayak as well.

Stampin’ Blend Colors:

  • Tahitian Tide Light and Dark – Kayak
  • Gray Granite Light – Rubber
  • Poppy Parade Dark – Paddle
  • Crumb Cake Light and Dark – Hat
  • So Saffron Dark – Paddle Handle
  • Natural Tones Medium Light Dark
  • Misty Moonlight Light

To add a little sparkle to the card, I added a 1/4″ strip of Brushstroke Specialty Paper on the front and a 1/2″ strip on the inside. It doesn’t show well on the photo but the strip is shimmery with lots of texture.

The inside greeting comes from the Very Best Occasions stamp set found in the July to December Mini Catalog. It has several Christmas themed greetings as well as some all occasion ones.

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Product List – The punch from the Very Best Occasions Bundle was NOT used on this card, but I did include a link to the Bundle as well as the stamp set in case you wanted to save 10% and get both.

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