Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card by Lauren Bergold

Lauren Bergold shows us how to make a serendipitous Archival Ink background; then turns it into a festive card featuring Wendy Vecchi's MAKE ART products.

91% isopropyl alcohol 
Coordinating colored cardstock in Sunflower Yellow and Vibrant Fuchsia
6" square envelope
Medium-tipped white paint pen
Fine-tipped magenta pen
Markers and/or pencils for coloring the cake (sample uses deep red, medium brown, pale pink, pale yellow, medium orange)
Foam Tape
Doublestick Tape
Optional Machine Stitching


Possibly none of us really likes getting older, but most of us LOVE a good Birthday Bash, right? Especially if there's cake!


Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 1

Step 1: Gather your supplies, including Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Birthday Bash Stamp, Die and Stencil Set; Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Bases and Frames Chippies; plus assorted Archival Inks in analogous shades of pink, yellow and orange; rubbing alcohol and white Yupo Cardstock; as well as your favorite coloring media.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 2

Step 2: Working on a Ranger Silicone Mat or other non-absorbent surface, "smoosh" one shade of Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink onto the mat by turning the ink pad upside down and randomly applying a bit of color directly to the work surface. Lightly mist the area with Isopropyl Alcohol (91% is ideal but 70% also works) then place your cardstock face down on the mat and "grab" some of the color. It's best to apply shades individually, to avoid staining your ink pads. To use multiple colors at a time, dispense a few drops from several Archival Reinkers, remembering that the pigment is much more concentrated, so you might need to dilute it a bit more.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 3

Step 3: Wipe the mat, apply another color, mist with alcohol, and dip your paper into the diluted ink. Change directions with the paper a few times for better coverage. Repeat this step as many times as you'd like, or until the entire paper is covered. This card features shades of yellow (Buttercup and Chrome) and orange (Tea Rose and Bright Tangelo) at the edges, with a patch of pink (Pink Peony and Vibrant Fuchsia) towards the center. 



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 4

Step 4: Using the two solid stars in Wendy's Birthday Bash set, stamp them randomly, over and over, in Magenta Hue Archival, concentrating on the diagonal area of pink towards the center of the paper.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 5

Step 5: Using the confetti stencil from the Birthday Bash set, apply Sunflower Archival, starting towards the area next to the starry portion of the inky panel and working outwards. Move the stencil several times and change position as needed to achieve a pleasingly abundant arrangement of confetti.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 6

Step 6: Stamp the Cake, Candle and "Make a Wish" sentiment in Potting Soil Archival on scraps of white Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock. Color the cake and candle with markers and/or pencils in a style that represents your favorite type of cake (the sample is Red Velvet, with Cream Cheese Frosting) then diecut or fussy-cut. Stamp the two solid stars multiple times in Vibrant Fuchsia, and use the coordinating dies to cut them out. Mount the images and sentiment on foam adhesive and set aside.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 7

Step 7: On another scrap of Perfect Cardstock, apply Pink Peony Archival Ink through the striped portion of the coordinating stencil from the Birthday Bash set. Add darker stripes with a fine-tipped pink pen, if desired. Trim the strip to 5.5 x 1" and adhere to a skinny mat of Magenta cardstock.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 8

Step 8: Using a Ranger Domed Ink Blending Foam, apply Sunflower Archival to the Heart from Wendy Vecchi's MAKE ART Chippies Bases and Frames set. Trace the heart onto a piece of coordinating Sunflower cardstock and cut out. Adhere the cardstock heart to the Chippie, slightly offset, using Perfect Card Adhesive.



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 9

Step 9: Assemble the card: Trim the inky panel to 5" square and ink the edges lightly with Magenta Hue. Add a few scattered dots and doodles with a white paint pen, if desired. Affix the stripey stenciled strip to the inky panel with Perfect Card Adhesive, approximately 1.5" from the bottom of the panel. Add the Chippie Heart to the righthand side of the strip, using double stick tape. Add the cake, candle, sentiment and stars in a cluster. Affix the finished panel to a 5.5" square card and machine stitch around the edges, if desired. 



Wendy Vecchi Inky Birthday Bash Card Step 10

Step 10: Decorate an envelope to match, using the stamps in the Birthday Bash set and coordinating colors. Now you're ready to mail the finished card to your favorite Birthday Girl or Guy!



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