Design Team Projects

Happy Birthday Cards

Hi it’s Crystal and I’m really excited to be a guest designer here at Kat Scrappiness for May! When I first saw this banner die I knew I wanted to do something with lots of color.

For my first blog post I have two cards to share with you today. I really love to watercolor and I have seen a lot of people watercoloring with Tim Holtz Distress Ink so I thought I would give it a try.  I just got them a few months ago and have not had a chance to play with them yet. As always when watercoloring you should tape your paper down so it doesn’t warp as bad but I don’t have much patience so I skipped that step. But I was not to worried about it warping since I was going to be die cutting it afterwards. I added water to my paper first then brushed the colors on in different random spots letting them mix a little bit at the edge. I’m not sure why but watercoloring is so relaxing.


After it was dry (I used my heat tool to speed up the process I don’t have patience). Then I took the three shorter banners and ran them through my die cutting machine. Then I took a scrap piece of watercolor cardstock and die cut a circle.

Laying out the banner die cuts in to a circle changing the size and color randomly into the circle till I had a arrangement I was happy with.

I stamped Happy Birthday from the new Dad’s Tools stamp set with VersaMark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

I then layered on to my card base Crafter’s Companion Shimmer Gold cardstock, then a small pattern of paper then the circle. Then add some sequins from Kat Scrappiness’s store for a little detail.

I only needed half of my water colored background for my card so ended up just going ahead and die cutting the other half of my water color cardstock with the banner and making another card.

Supplies I used:

Dad’s Tools – 6″X8″ Layered Stamp Set by Kat Scrappiness

Stitched Flag Dies by Kat Scrappiness

Stitched Fishtail Banner Dies by Kat Scrappiness

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Mixed Rainbow Confetti Sequin Mix – Shaker Card Fillers

Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Clear Embossing Ink Pad

Metallic Gold Rich – WOW! Super Fine Embossing Powder 15ml

Gold Dust Shimmering cardstock

Tim Holtz Distress ink

Watercolor Cardstock


Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine


Thank you for stopping by I’m looking forward to coming back later this month and sharing another card If you have any questions please leave a comment.



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  • Reply Carol Jones

    Crystal, I just adore your card designs! Very creative use of the dies. I’m definitely going to try both of them on my next cards.

    I also wanted to let you know there’s a couple of spelling and grammatical typos in your blog. I mean no offense, I just wanted to let you know that sometimes spell check programs don’t always catch everything.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome cards, I really do love them!

    05/05/2018 at 8:13 AM
  • Reply Gayle Bartholomew

    What a creative way to use these dies! Don’t think I ever would have thought of that. Thanks for the inspiration.

    05/05/2018 at 11:46 AM
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