Movie Birthday Card
Pass the Popcorn by Godiva’s Dream
With the weather getting chillier by the day, what could be better than wrapping yourself in a cosy blanket, grabbing a cup of hot tea or coffee and watching a good film? Not a whole lot! Well, maybe making a card that’s all about watching movies, that sounds like fun too!
The recipient of this card is a huge fan of Minnie Mouse, so I wanted to make sure that the theme, while not using any actual Minnie images, would be clearly reflected in other ways. I had just the right paper pad for this project in my stash, and I’ve been itching to use it too, but didn’t have a chance to do so until now. That brilliant collection is none other than Echo Park “Magical Adventure”. It is full of fun bright colours and modern patterns that would be suitable for multiple occasions. In this particular case, the colours couldn’t be more perfect: black - to represent the mouse herself, red with white polka dots - for her dress, yellow - for the shoes and white - for the gloves.
I picked four complementing papers from the pad, and making sure that each pattern would be placed to achieve maximum effect, decided on the layout I wanted to use. I then matted the papers on vibrant red textured American Crafts cardstock - I chose red to be quite a dominant colour on this card. I also added yellow satin ribbon for extra contrast, texture and interest.
Stamping and Colouring
Minnie Mouse is a cartoon character, so I thought that sticking to a TV/movie related imagery would be a perfect way to reflect the theme. I chose a Kraftin’ Kimmie “Buffy the Bingewatcher” stamp by the artist Annie Rodrigue. Isn’t it just all kinds of brilliant?
I stamped the image in Memento “Desert Sand” ink, which is very light beige - perfect for the “no line colouring” technique, and, as usual, coloured the stamp using Promarker, Brushmarker and Copic alcohol based markers.
Showcasing the Image
I like fussy cutting my images, however, this stamp is not only quite large, but also has a some “loose” detailing, i.e. a piece of popcorn, shoes and the bar of chocolate. Thus, I decided to draw the floor for Buffy to sit on with my markers and keep the image as a square. The basic geometric shape works brilliantly with the modern papers too.
I double matted the coloured stamp on shimmery charcoal grey and textured red cardstock to make the image stand out more than the other layers. I then adhered the focal piece to the card using 3D foam for extra dimension.
I also stamped a “Happiness is popcorn and a movie!” sentiment in “Onyx Black” Versafine ink and double matted it the same way as I did with the image. The sentiment was also attached to the card using dimensional foam.
Embellishing and Finishing Touches
I wanted to keep the card quite modern and fuss free, but still have enough accents to make it interesting.
I added a double-looped bow with a glitter cherry button by Dress It Up in its centre. The bow not only adds a softer touch to a card that’s full of sharp geometric shapes, but also alludes to Minnie’s hair bow.
In order to embellish the card even more, I die cut some stitched edge stars in various sizes and shades that match the colour scheme, and adhered some opaque black pearls.
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