Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kaleidacolor Birthday Fun

We had an important birthday at our house this week, my youngest son turned the big ONE ZERO, double digits baby!  I decided to play around with the brilliantly colored Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Spectrum ink pad and create a fun step card for his birthday.  It is the perfect card to share for the new Retro Rubber Blog Challenge which is Anything Goes!

1.     Score an 8 1/2” x 11” white card stock from the edge to 3 ½” in at the following measurements:  1”, 2”, 3.75”, 5 ½”, and 8 ¼”.  Fold along the 5 ½” across the entire card.  Trim between the 1” and 8 ¼” score lines 3 ½” from the edge.

2.     Stamp the background stamp (Where the Rubber Hits the Road Balloons and Streamers purchased in 1997) in a pattern with the Kaleidacolor Spectrum ink pad.  Start along one edge and stamp a strip, clean the stamp and rotate the direction of the ink pad 180° to match up the center color.  Complete the background pattern by rotating the ink pad on each strip.  Stamp the area above the 5 ½” mark that will show in the tallest step.
3.     Fold the card with mountain and valley folds and die cut with Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty-Three.  Select the die that will cut a 5 ½” high die cut.  Line up the card stock just inside of the die to allow part of both the top and bottom folds to remain intact.  Secure with low tack tape.  Due to the thickness of the folded portion, remove the card and line up the die on the reverse side to complete the cuts.

4.      Trim a section of Vertigo to fit the open section of the step card and die cut with Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty-Three.  

5.     The streamers and confetti, candles, gift boxes, and balloons are all by Quickutz and have been in my collection for over 12 years, so they are also considered very retro!  The streamers and confetti, gift boxes, balloons, and Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Three were die cut after the card stock was inked.  The candles and the gift box ribbons were die cut then inked.  

6.     Kaleidacolor Spectrum ink pad can be used to ink the various embellishments in several different ways.  A soft foam brayer on card stock will give a soft sponged background used in the balloon under layers, sentiment panel, and the gift boxes.  A hard rubber brayer and Ink Potion No. 9 on glossy card stock is used for the balloons, the cake base, and the streamers and confetti.  Ink blushers are used on individual sections of the ink pad to ink the ribbons on the gift boxes and the candles.  The candle flames are colored with Memento Dual Tip Marker in Tangelo.
7.     The sentiment “Happy Birthday” from Hero Arts It’s Your Day (2013) is stamped in Tsukineko Tuxedo Black.  “Peter” is from the Scrappy Cat Playful Serie set.  After the Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Three is die cut it is outlined in black.
8.     The “cake” from Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Three die cut is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug Polka Dots.  A 1” strip of white glossy card stock is also die cut with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Three and then punched with Martha Stewart’s Drippy Goo punch.
9.     The glossy balloons are adhered to the sponged balloons layer and sections of black craft thread are tied to the bottom of the balloons.  The balloons are adhered to the base card with various levels of dimensional foam adhesive.  The threads are gathered to the center and adhered under the sentiment panel.  The sentiment panel is adhered with the thickest dimensional foam adhesive.
10.  The layers on the steps are adhered together and to the steps of the card. 

My son really loved his card and liked the fact that there are ten candles on the cake!  Please do come play along with us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and enter our Anything Goes Challenge.  Remember to use your stamps that are more than a year old!

Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko:
·      Kaliedacolor Spectrum
·      Memento Tuxedo Black
·      Vertigo in Taffeta
·      Ink Potion No. 9
·      Ink Blushers
·      Craft Mat

·      Where the Rubber Hits the Road Balloons and Streamers background stamp
·      Hero Arts It’s Your Day set
·      Scrappy Cat Playful Serie set
·      Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty-Three and Labels Twenty-Three
·      Quickutz gift boxes, balloons, candles, streamers dies
·      Martha Stewart Score Board, Drippy Goo punch
·      Soft and hard rubber brayers
·      Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder
·      Miscellaneous: Glossy and matte white card stock, adhesive, dimensional foam adhesives of varying thicknesses, die cut machine, low tack tape, black craft thread

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Seize the Birthday Vellum or Acetate (Vertigo is a type of acetate) 


  1. WOW! What kid wouldn't love a birthday card as special as this one!?! This is incredible! I think you did a fabulous job letting your son know how proud you are of him. Beautifully colored - down to the 10 birthday candles. Love this card! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. WOW!! I will copy Debbie on that! This is one crazy awesome birthday card! It really makes me want to be 10 again! Beautifully done! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. Neva, your enthusiasm for stamping artwork really comes through in this card! It is fun, colorful, detailed and ever so special. Wonderful!!!

  4. Wow.. cool card Neva. I love these Kaleidacolor pads, they are awesome and you used them to great effect here. Cx

  5. What a beautifully colourful and happy card, that you made. Thank you so much also for sharing step by step pictures. Sunny regards from stempelfrida

  6. the detail and creativity here is mind blowing! I can see why you got selected for your new "gig"! you inspire me! congrats again!


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