Cardmaking, Design Teams, TLC Designs

Happy Dragon Birthday cards ft. TLC Designs

Hello, and thank you so much for dropping by! I am sharing a pair of birthday cards featuring products from TLC Designs. Today is my youngest child’s birthday, so of course there was a need for a card!

I absolutely love taking my supplies and stretching them to their max. Take for instance the Celebrate Sentiments stamp set from TLC Designs. I knew I was going to be making birthday cards—so I decided to use the sentiments and build my own “patterned paper” with them! The mix of fonts truly compliments eachother and make a fabulous background stamp when spread over a card panel. Speaking of panels….I grabbed my solid pink and solid green both from the NEW digi-paper pack in the TLC Shop!! You *need* to take a look at the Perfectly Precious Slimline digital paper pack! The new sizing makes the paper great to print for EVERY card size, including slimline! I grabbed the pink and lime green from the set, and some pink and green inks from my stash and stamped the sentiments all over the paper using my MISTI stamping tool.

Both of my dragons were a ton of fun to color! The Happy Dragon is one of 3 super cute dragons available from TLC Designs…and they all coordinate!! I started by stamping him onto Bristol smooth cardstock, and then watercoloring them with my ZIG Real Brush markers. I even posted a speed coloring video to my Instagram if you want to check it out!

My green card I made into a Easel card with a 5×7 base. My son turns 9 today and loves fun-fold cards! I thought this would be a fun way for him to play with it. There are tons of tutorials available on easel cards, but the principle remains the same. The front of the card base is scored and folded in half, creating a hinge. The card panel (in this case the green panel) is then glued ONLY to the BOTTOM half of the card base, making sure the panel is not glued above the fold line. When the card is opened, it is able to hinge back on itself and be displayed by placing the bottom edge behind an element inside the card.

For the inside of the card, as the stopping element, I used another sentiment from the Celebrate stamp set and the Oval Lily Frame dies. The oval is mounted with foam tape to give some height to be able to act as a stop. The dragon and balloons were attached to the card front and some metallic thread was used for balloon strings.

The pink card is a standard A2 card at 4.24″x5.5″. I cut the panel slightly smaller and and then die cut the large oval from the Oval Lily dies for some added interest. I like the way the die still frames the dragon, even though I kept in inlaid flat on the panel. The dragon and balloons were attached to the panel, and then the balloon strings were stamped onto the panel as well, aligning with the balloons and the dragon’s hands.

All in all these cards came together rather quickly. I found it really easy to make 2 cards and the same time, and could have easily kept going! This design works great for boys and for girls, as the colors can be changed out to whatever the recipient would enjoy best!

That finishes up my card for today! I will be back next Monday with another fun TLC designs project. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook too, and subscribe to me on YouTube to keep up with all my caffeinated adventures! Also, if you have yet to check out the TLC Designs shop—consider this a public service announcement…YOU NEED TO! They also have a fabulous Facebook group that has inspiration from other crafty peeps and the rest of the amazing design team. Head over and say hello!

‘Till next time! ~Shanna

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