Digital Stamps: Create Happy Birthday Cards by Combining Images!

By | 07/25/2020

Digital stamps are quickly becoming one of my favorite new creative tools.  I know that I’ve said this before, but they are so easy to store!  Although, I must confess that I do print out several copies at a time so I have a file folder full of images I can just pull out and color.

I also really like the price point of digital stamps.  You can find sets of sentiments and digital papers that you can just print out on your printer.  I don’t even have an expensive or fancy printer.  My printer is just a Brother ink jet all-in-one printer, copier, scanner.  As long as you are printing on good cardstock or watercolor paper, you are good!

Today I created a couple of birthday cards to wish my sister a happy birthday!  (I did send a card out to her earlier this week, but I thought I’d celebrate her on my blog as well.)  Happy birthday, Lori!

Using digital images for birthday cards

For this card, I am using this Cupcake digital stamp from Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez.  I actually used 5 of these images and moved them around until I came up with a configuration that I liked!  Then I colored them in with my Copics using a variety of color combinations.  I started with a red combo, then a red-violet, then a violet, then a blue-violet, and finally a blue.  I used a second blue combination for all the wrappers and a warm gray combo for the counter and the candle.  I used a couple of yellows and yellow-reds for the flame.

To finish the card, I masked the cupcakes and blended on some Citrus Burst ink from Altenew as lightly as I could. (I’m a bit heavy handed when I ink blend!), then I used a Catherine Pooler Star Stencil and using the same ink, just stenciled the stars a little darker over the background.  I’ve added some white gel pen for highlights and some sparkle pen which I managed to capture in the photo!!

A simple happy birthday sentiment was my final touch.  Using digital images for birthday cards

The cupcake frosting on this digital stamp was a nice empty space, so I could make the frosting swirls where I wanted them to go.  I got bolder with my color choices and bravely used a very dark marker in each of my color combos for that bold outline where I wanted the frosting to swirl.  I am happy with the way these turned out!  I really liked being able to move the cupcake image around until I had a layout I liked.  Big plus for the digital images!

I made a second card as well.  This time I used just one cupcake and added a banner digital stamp.

Using digital images for birthday cards

At least one cupcake has to have chocolate frosting!  I loved that I could create scenes before I printed my images out.  I could add the stamps together and move them around. I did this using Word and it made it so easy to do.  I could also resize the images which is very nice to be able to do. I like to make multiple projects with my stamps and being able to resize things is a huge plus.

For this one, I added some white gel pen details to the banner flags and cupcake frosting.  I did add the sparkle pen here as well.  I did a soft watercolor wash in a messy style (which I like…it may not be for everyone), and finished it off with some star embellishments.

Copic Color Combinations:

Red: R81, 83, 85, 89

Red-Violet: RV 11,14,17,19

Violet: V1,4,6,9

Blue-Violet: BV 01, 02,04,08

Blue: B91,93,97,99

Cupcake Wrapper: B21,24,26,29

Flame: Y11, Y13, YR15, 16

Candle and Table: W0,1,2,4

Chocolate Frosting: E71,74,77,79

Supply List:  These images were provided to my by Patricia Alvarez, the genius behind the digital images at Kinda Cute!

Are you interested in the products I used?  To make them easier for you to find, I have linked them below. (Affiliate disclosure ) Your purchases help keep my blog running at no additional cost to you and I thank you for the support!

From the Kinda Cute by Patricia Shop:

Cupcake Digital Image

Banner Digital Image

Birthday Sentiments

Birthday Extras

From the Kinda Cute by Patricia Etsy Shop:


Birthday Sentiments

Birthday Extras

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Personally, I’m off to make some real cupcakes!

Have a great day!

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