Saturday, November 26, 2016

A StenDoodled Birthday Card For My Brother!!

Good morning everyone.  I hope everyone survived their Thanksgiving (if they celebrated) and their Black Friday shopping (if they did any).  We normally do some sort of Thanksgiving dinner here with friends but this year it was just a pizza with hopes of a turkey dinner with all the fixings soon.  

As for Black Friday, you cannot beat the 30% off that Simon Says Stamp gave on Thursday and was able to finally get 1 die and 3 stamp sets that I have had on my wish list. On Friday (at 6am my time) Ellen Hutson had a great sale and I was able to add some Inchie Arts products and 2 WPlus9 sets I have been wanting.  There was plenty more that I wanted but I kept my wallet in check. What bargains or deals did you find?  I'd love to know!

Now for today's card.  It seems my parents scheduled the arrival of their children around major holidays.  LOL.  My birthday is Christmas Eve and my brother's is Thanksgiving.  Of course he always got birthday gifts and Hanukkah gifts and I always got 1 gift for both celebrations.  I know.  Unfair.  But therapy helped.  Kidding!!!  Last year I made a card for my bro (HERE) but he never received it (thanks to the Brasilian post office).  So this year I decided to make a StenDoodled birthday card for him that he will have to enjoy online until I see him in person!!  Whatcha think bro??

I started by stamping this Happy Birthday image on a piece of white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I am 99.999% sure that this stamp, although retired, was made by DRS Designs.

You can also use letter stencils and spell out whatever word you wish to use this way. 

The next thing you need to do is fill in each letter with a different stencil design (otherwise it would not be a StenDoodle. Right?)  Because these letters are about 1" tall, the perfect stencil to use is the Doodle It Inchie Stencil by Maria McGuire from StencilGirl Products.  

This stencil has a bunch of different designs and I tried to use a different one in each of the letters.  Place the design you want to use over the letter and trace the design with a Copic Multiliner or Micron pen, making sure you do NOT go out of the lines of the letter.  You can also trace with a pencil and then go back with your marker. 

 Here is the card front after all the designs were in each letter.

Next I used the Cake! set by Jane's Doodles.   Using a stamp positioner I stamped the cake and the candles so they were sitting on top of the image.  

Next I colored in the whole image using a variety of Copic markers.  I also trimmed the white cardstock to 3 1/2" x 6 1/4" and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock.

The last things I did was to adhere this to a Kraft card 3 3/4" x 6 3/4", applied some yellow Stickles to the candles and Espresso Dimensional Pearls to the cake as frosting and set aside to fully dry.  

Done!!  I love love love using stencils inside of open letters like this image or within open stencil letters.  Each card becomes unique to the person you are making it for or for the occasion.  I hope you enjoyed this idea of a StenDoodled birthday card.  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 



  1. Your brother will love this...the cake looks ready to eat.

  2. WOW! so many steps to a beautiful heartfelt project. Well done!!!

  3. I LOVE IT!!! That is sooo cool how you did the letters!! Awesome technique Michael!

  4. Oh, wow! That is one special card. Surely your brother will love and treasure that gift. (And yes I'll admit to some indulging during the great sales this weekend.)