A Goat Birthday Card!

I cannot get enough of these goats and I hope that you love them or at least tolerate my using them on another project!

I had a thought to have a giant birthday cake with the goats around it on the inside of the card.  I had not realized how long it would take me to construct the card, particularly the cake with frosting, but I am happy with how it turned out.  There are no special dies used to construct the cake and most everything was partly fussy cut.  I looked at a dozen icing photos to try to figure out how to color the icing.  Piped icing has quite some depth and shadows and highlights, so I will spend the most time talking about making the cake in this blog post.

1) First I wanted to make the cake for the inside of the card.  I had a rectangle die cut that cut a 5 inch by 1 inch panel out of Neenah white cardstock.  If you are great at fussy cutting, please don't seek out any die, just cut 3 rectangular panels:  one 5 inch by 1 inch, one 4.5 inch by 1 inch and one 4 inch by 1 inch.  I used a blendabilities brush from Trinity Stamps to blend Scattered Straw Distress Oxide Ink on each panel with the final touch of pounching the brush (loaded with color) to create dots of stronger color that I thought gave a more cake like appearance.  The most interesting part of the cake was the icing!  When I don't know how to color something, I always look at a real example to see where the highlights and shadows are.  I used a wave die to partial die cut the icing out of Neenah white cardstock and trimmed the rest with a scissor.  I then colored the entire icing with the R30 copic marker and then colored 3 semicircles with R32 on each dip of the icing.  I then colored R30 over the R32 to blend the colors and smooth out any sharpness.  Using a white gel pen between the darker semicircles was key, as if you look at piped icing, there are highlights in certain areas depending on how the icing was piped. Finally I sponged Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss (color is "Frosty Sparkle Kiss"), over all the icing prior to adhering it to the cake.  I added 3 candles (these were die cut from an old die I had, but you can easily make your own) on top of the cake in which I colored the cardstock with the R32 copic marker and used gold glitter paper for the flames.  Finally I added 4 goats (stamped with Gina K black amalgam ink and die cut with a Brother Scan N Cut2 machine) from the Punny Farm Goatsstamp set (colored with W3, 0, and E000) and a flower from the Alice Backgroundstamp set (colored with R30, R32, G46 & G43).  I stamped a sentiment from the Decaf Backgroundstamp set at the top.

2) The front of the card was much simpler to construct.  I stamped all floral images from the Springtime Bannersstamp set in Gina K amalgam black ink and fussy cut each flower.  I copic colored each flower- the ones used are R32, R30, YR21, Y21, B60, G43 and V01 combined with B61. The goat was die cut and colored in the same manner as the goats on the inside of the card.  Some flowers I adhered with double-sided adhesive foam and others just with Gina K connect glue.  Finally I sprinkled some gold acrylic paint, that had watered down, with a brush.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for stopping by!