I've taken a look at birthdays coming up in January and decided I had better get making some card. I've started with the most difficult one that I find to make for: Teenage Boys!
I used stampb by Visible Image for the main area of the card, using the silhouette stamp that could be Churchill from the "Ahead of our time" stamp set. Stamping it in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink and then coating it in Wow! clear embossing powder and heat setting.
I then used a brick wall stamp from the Visible Image "Teenage Kicks" stamp set and stamped the wall in Versafine Clair "Shady Lane" green ink in multiple positions.
Once dry, i gave the whole image a light wash using "Antique Linen" Distress Oxide ink and then wafted the heat gun over it to dry. Using a blending brush and "Aged Mahogany" Distress Oxide ink, I coloured over the bricks and background to give a warmer background. I edged the tag with "Tulip Red" Versafine Clair ink.
Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne" black ink, I stamped the flying birds to the right of the hat (they are also part of the "Ahead of our time" stamp set. Using the same ink and the verse from the Visible Image "Happy Birthday" stamp set, I multi stamped part of the verse down the left hand side of the card. I also edged the card in the black ink.
I then added some white and black splatters using Posca Pens.
Finally, after mounting the card, I added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment from thier "Tiny words - Birthday" stamp set, again stamped in "Nocturne" black ink