Plane & Simple Happy Birthday Uncle Hector & CarolMarie…

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Today is my Uncle’s birthday as well as my Goddaughter, CarolMarie. Here’s the card I made for my uncle and later this week I’ll share the card I made for my Goddaughter. Masculine birthday cards can be a challenge and that’s why I love this Stampin’ Up!’s Plane and Simple stamp set.

Plane & Simple Happy Birthday Card


Plane & Simple BIrthday Card Map Detail


The map part of this card was done by copying the map sheet from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper on to copy paper and hand-colored it in. For the water I used a “Pointillist” technique I used when I worked as a staff artist at the Wall Street Journal. Over the dots I used water-color pencils. I colored in the land with brown and olive green pencils. I then tore the top edge of the paper and mounted it on a piece of Old Olive Card Stock which was torn as well.



For the clouds, I used this technique with Whisper White Craft Ink over the Pool Party sky.


I made cloud templates out of a piece of card stock by cutting small circles resembling cloud puffs as shown below. Yes, you have to hand cut these as a circle punch will not work because it will leave a concave form. These templates work as a mask except along the edges where I used a circular motion with my Dauber. The area underneath the template will remain the Pool Party. I randomly moved the template down and from side to side  and repeated the circular motion technique along the edge. When I painted years ago sometimes I used stencils in a similar manner. I hope this is clear. I’m hoping to do videos as soon as I get up enough nerve.

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The plane was stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla Card Stock and cut out.


The Happy Birthday was stamped in Not Quite Navy Ink and I trimmed it close in a banner shape and swallow tailed the end.

Uncle Hector










A very Happy Birthday to two of my favorite people.


Stampin’ & Birthday Hugs,

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