Unicorn Day Birthday Card
Did you know that April 9th was National Unicorn Day? Who would have thought? I don't know any REAL unicorns but Pegasus from Sailor Moon is close enough.
If you look at the feathers on this card you will notice a faint gold on the lines. I did this using what I call partial heat embossing. I'll show you how to get this effect later in this post. When I started this card I wanted to make the background from the transformation scenes from Sailor Moon. I punched out different sized circles in a scrap piece of card stock and used it as a mask to make the circles you see. I randomly lay the mask down and used Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides to make the circles. I knew that I wanted those circles to show up through the background so I heat set them before I went over them with Broken China Distress Oxide. Broken China was a bit too bright so to tone it down I used Faded Jean and blended those together while they were both still wet. I heat set the inks again and went back in a few places with Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet to add a few muted color streaks.
Next I used the 'Dream' stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I like that this is a really simple set with two feathers and a sentiment. If you want to find more small sets like this I suggest shopping with ScrapbookPal. Using Versafine Onyx Black ink, I stamped both size feathers in different places on my background. Using a pigment ink is important if you want the partial embossed look on the feathers. Since pigment ink is slow to dry, it's going to stay wet longer than dye ink. We are going to let this part air dry for a while and come back to it before it is completely dry and pour the embossing powder on it. The idea is that less powder will stick to the partially dry ink than it would if it were freshly stamped. This will give the feathers the faint shimmery look.
While that is drying I used a Mama Elephant 'Over the Rainbow' set to stamp and cut my unicorn. I kept it white using grey for shadowing and purple and blue alcohol markers to color the mane and tail. With the image cut out I used my Xyron Sticker Maker to apply adhesive and stuck it to my card front.
The last thing to do is the partial heat embossing technique. Use Versamark ink to stamp the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment. As of right now your sentiment is fully wet and the feathers partially dry. Pour on the embossing powder, I used Clear Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder by Recollections. Melt the powder with your heat gun and you are finished. Show me your card by tagging me on Instagram.
Links to the materials used are at the bottom of this post.