Hello everybody and happy new year!  I’m first up on the blog this year and mixing up my Hello Bluebird stamp sets.   The pig stamp sets have always been amongst my very favourites, they are scaled to work together seamlessly and so I created this colourful birthday card.

To create this card I first ink blended a panel using Distress Oxide Ink in Blueprint Sketch and another panel using DI in Crushed Olive.  The sky was splashed with water droplets which I quickly blotted up and the grass portion splattered with more Crushed Olive ink.  The sky portion was attached to my cardstock base and the grass portion was die cut using the Grassy Knoll die.  It was backed with dimensional foam tape and applied to the sky portion.

I die cut some clouds from the Maverick set.   Each cloud is a ‘double’ in that I stuck one down directly and the second one was layered directly over the top with foam tape so you get a nice dimensional look when you view it from an angle.   The Big Birthday Wishes sentiment comes from More Jungle Littles.

On Bristol Smooth cardstock I used Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil to stamp my pigs and other images from Merry Pigs, Pig Day and Beach Babes.  They were watercolour painted using a limited colour palette of Kuretake Zigs in Light Pink (cheeks), Scarlet Red, Ochre, Cornflower Blue and Light Gray.  The pigs were done with Tombow ABT’s in 800, 761 and 942.  Images were die cut, backed with either one or two layers of foam tape and applied.

A few points were highlighted with a white gel pen and a few sparkling clear sequins were attached for a little sparkly interest.

I hope that 2020 proves to be a very creative year for you and that you find lots of inspiration care of myself and the entire Hello Bluebird Design Team to help you on your crafting journey.

Nicky x