Little Miss Papercraft (the biggest one) turned 9 today – squeee!!! Sometimes I can’t believe I have a 9 year old, and sometimes it feels like I’ve been doing the groundhog parenting thing for 90 years!
This gorgeous sketch by Jackie for Just Add Ink was the perfect inspiration for a birthday poster to go on Miss 9’s new felt noticeboard.
With my Cameo, I cut a large number 9 for the centrepiece (it’s 6″ tall and 3-1/2″ wide) from Pool Party cardstock. I then embossed this using the Mosaic Embossing Folder. I’ve flipped the sketch, making the 9 the oval in the middle and adding a perfectly balanced gymnast on the beam as the extra elements.
The gymnast and beam are colouring using Stampin’ Blends. The bullet end gives such precision for colouring small images, with the light and dark option in each colour set enabling blending – even for a novice colourer like me!
The stamp set for this project is Tumble On by Waffle Flower. When a friend shared the pre-release with me last year, I couldn’t resist adding it to my collection in our gymnastics mad household. We joke at home that Miss 9’s inner monologue is “ooo, that’s a good place to do a cartwheel” (PS, apparently there is no bad place to do a cartwheel and anywhere goes including the back of a truck, the footpath and the side of the swimming pool!).
One gymnast didn’t seem like enough for our tumbling addict, so I made her birthday card with this set too, trying out a technique that’s been on my to do list for ages – a floating frame card.
Jennifer McGuire has a fantastic video for this technique (click here to visit). You need GLAD Press & Seal (which is easy to get on the east coast of Australia at Costco, and in other parts of the world, but not readily available here in WA). Lucky me – I was very kindly gifted some last year.
I stamped, coloured and die cut all the variations of the gymnast and laid them out on my base layer before holding in place with the Press & Seal. I then cut a Stitched Rectangle in the middle, creating a frame of gymnasts around the outside edge of my card. I popped them up with Mini Dimensionals, stuck them to the base layer and then ever so carefully peeled off the Press & Seal.
The card was finished by adding a Pool Party frame (made using two sizes of the Stitched Rectangle Dies), another gymnast in the middle, a white embossed sentiment and adhering it all to a Crumb Cake base.
And of course, there’s always room for just one more gymnast!
Happy Birthday to Miss 9 – may there be plenty of birthday cartwheels!
If this sketch inspires your creativity (and how could it not?), share your project with us on the Just Add Ink blog. You’ll also find all the design team creations – I love seeing how everyone starts with the sketch but makes it their own!
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