This Anniversary card was made for my husband for our 11th Wedding Anniversary. It took me awhile to make this card because this was the first time I used Distress Oxide Inks. There was a little learning curve but these inks are very forgiving and you can’t tell if you make a mistake. Here is how I made this Anniversary Card.
Anniversary Card Supplies and Tools:
- Neenah Solar White 110lbs Cardstock- for the stamped images
- Black Cardstock- for the card base
- Green Cardstock- for the grass
- Copic Sketch Markers
- Fox- YR21,YR15,YR68
- Hero Arts Intense Black Ink- stamping fox and bunny
- Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Dye Ink- stamping sentiments
- Distress Oxide Ink- for background color
- Blueprint Sketch
- Wilted Violet
- Faded Jeans
- Black Soot
- Anna Griffin Color Box Gold Pigment Ink- for the stars
- Anna Griffin Gold Embossing Powder- for the stars
- Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
- Lawn Fawn Upon a Star Stamp set and coordinating die set
- Grass border die
- Die Cutting Machine
- Precision Scissors
- Paper Cutter
- Scoring Board
- Foam Tape
- Blending Tool
- Mist Spray Bottle filled with water
- Washi Tape or a removable paper tape
Anniversary Card Directions:
Creating the Background
This background used four Distress Oxide inks, blueprint sketch, wilted violet, faded jeans, and black soot. Using a blending tool, I used Ranger’s mini ink blending tool, start with blueprint sketch, then wilted violet, and faded jeans. Keep adding each color one at a time until I was satisfied with the look.
Use a mist spray bottle filled with water and sprayed it on the card. In-between sprays, use a heat tool to dry the water. Distress Oxide inks reacts to water, so you get a cool oxide look. Make sure your paper is dry before moving onto the next step.
Then I added black soot around the edges to give it a more night time space look. This step is optional because the background looks good either way. I didn’t use it in this project, but to seal the color, use Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze.
Set aside to dry.
Creating the Fox and Bunny
I used the Lawn Fawn Upon a Star stamp and die set. These images have been previously stamped and colored for my on-the-go coloring kit. All I had to do was cut it out using the coordinating die with my die cutting machine, I used the Gemini Junior machine. Tip, to keep the die from moving, tape it to the cardstock with removable paper tape or washi tape. If you don’t have the coordinating die set, just use a precision scissors to cut the image out.
Coloring the Fox, I used YR21,YR15,YR68 copic sketch markers. The best way, for me, to color these images is starting with YR21, the lightest color, and coloring the whole image. This saturates the paper and allows me to blend better. Then I go with YR68, the darkest color, and color anywhere that I believe a shadow will be. Then I use YR15 and blend it with YR68 and then used YR21 to blend it with YR15. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the image. Remember, the more you practice the better you get.
Coloring the bunny, I used E50,E51,E53 copic sketch markers. Follow the steps above when coloring the bunny.
Cutting the Grass
Cut a 4.25”x5.5” green cardstock, placed the grass border die straight across the cardstock to the desired height you want the grass to be. Tape the grass border in place using washi tape or removable paper tape and put it in the Gemini to cut.
Stamping the Stars
For the stars, I used Anna Griffen’s gold ink pad and embossing powder, but you can use any color that you want. Using the stamp platform, placed the background down, and then the grass. Position the stars onto the background, to your liking. Once you got the stars in the right place, close the stamp platform cover and the clear stamps will adhere to it. Open the cover and inked up the stamps with gold pigment ink and close the cover again to stamp the stars on the background. Take the stamped background over a piece a paper and poured the gold embossing powder over it. Shake off the excess and used a heat tool to set the embossing powder.
Set aside to dry.
Stamping Sentiment on the Grass
I used the sentiment from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set. Place the grass on the platform, position the sentiment on the grass, close the cover and the clear stamps will adhere to it. Inked the images with Hero Arts black dye ink, or any black ink, and then stamp it onto the grass, by closing the cover.
Creating a Card Base
Cut a 4.25”x11” black carstock and scored it at 5.5”, using a scoring board and scoring tool. This will make a vertical card base, where it opens up from the bottom. Then cut a 4”x5.25” white cardstock for the inside of the card base, this is where you will write or stamp a sentiment.
Assembling the Card together
I wanted dimension on this card, so I used foam tape on the grass. Tip, if you are worried about placing the grass straight, add glue to the foam tape. This way you are able to move it to the right place without the worry of it not being aligned nicely.
Then attach the fox and bunny to the grass. Because the grass is raised, use glue on the bottom half of the bunny and fox and foam tape on the top half. This way the bunny and fox stays level with the raised grass.
You do not have to create any dimension and just glue or tape the images onto the background card. Either way your card will look amazing.
Last step, glued the background to the card base. Then glue the 4”x5.25” white cardstock inside of the card base.
I hope this was helpful and will inspire you to make an Anniversary card or any card for your someone special. I would love to see what you all make, post your pictures on my Facebook page. Check out my other Card Making Inspiration posts, Birthday card, Mother’s Day cards, and Graduation card.