18 October 2018

Pirate Birthday - watercolour pencil

Arrrr! Pirate teddy bear wishing you a happy birthday! My card features a Bugaboo digital stamp with a die-cut foam sentiment, paper from Doodlebug, and More and Galore buttons.

Putting It Together

I had coloured this image last month and tucked it in my stash. Colouring a variety of images ahead of time when I can squeeze them in makes it quicker to make cards or other things. 

I used Prima watercolour pencils and a waterbrush on the bear while I was at lunch at my day job.

When I decided to use him on a card, I found a die that would fit him and would be good for the project.

I also die cut a sentiment from fun foam. Usually, I use fun foam to pop-up cardstock, but this time I decided to use it alone, to have its own texture on the card as well as the dimension.

For the background, I used a patterned paper from Doodlebug featuring sailboats for a nautical theme. I put them all on a white card base and popped up the image with foam mounting tape.

I decided to add some shell buttons to the card, keeping with the nautical/ocean theme.

Inside, for a bit of whimsical detail, I stamped Pirate-y sentiments and elements leaving plenty of space for a personal sentiment.



Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode: Patterned Paper - Add a  Button
Outlawz Festive Friday: Theme - Kid's Birthday
Your Next Stamp: Birthday
Crafty Friends: Use More Than One Die
Watercooler Wednesday: Masculine
The Paper Shelter: Digital Image
Incy Wincy: Happy Birthday
Seize the Birthday: Anything Birthday


  1. What a great card, Kate! I love the colours. What a good idea to have a stash of pre-coloured images. Clearly that comes in handy when designing a card. Love that background paper and those shell buttons. The little pirate is simply adorable. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. Great card. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

  3. Aye aye, this is a great birthday card and perfect for our birthday challenge at Incy Wincy, thanks for joining us, CarolG

  4. A very cute little pirate bear, Kate! Super card. Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  5. Cute card Kate. I love having pre-coloured images that I can use later on a challenmge card. This little bear is adorable. Thanks for joining in the fun at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT

  6. A lovely looking card with a super sweet image and lovely design. Looks lovely! Thanks for playing along with us over at The Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  7. Great masculine birthday card. The paper and image work together so beautifully. Thank you for joining in the Happy Birthday challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.


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