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Retro Scratch-Off Birthday Card | Featuring Brutus Monroe

Whenever I can personalize a card for my recipient, I try to do so. I don't typically make generic cards for people. I do have a stash of generic cards to give if the time doesn't lend itself to making a personalized one.

For my friend's birthday, I had this idea to create a retro themed card based on the 80s/90s era that we both grew up in. One of Brutus Monroe's recent releases is called Retro Rewind and was perfect for the card I wanted to create for my friend's birthday.

To begin my card, I used the Brutus Monroe Off the Hook Slimline Stencil. It had a perfect grid-like pattern that was perfect for my background. Using some Catherine Pooler Twilight ink, I ink blended through the stencil to get a grey grid pattern. I then used the other end of the stencil with the retro graphics by applying Thermoweb Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo through it with a palette knife. Because the graphics on the stencil did not cover the entire panel, I then slid it over the rest of the card and continued again with applying the gel. It's important to wash your palette knives and stencil right after applying the gel so it doesn't dry on your tools. The panel now needed to air dry for 24 hours. It says on the directions that it only needs a few hours, but with my experience, it worked much better the longer it dried before applying foil.

The foil can be applied two ways with this gel. Either you can lay foil on it and used pressure with a brayer or die cut machine to get the foil to stick or you can put it through a laminator. I tried both techniques but didn't yield great results the first few times because I didn't let it dry long enough. I'm currently waiting for another panel to dry to test one of the methods again.

In the meantime, I used a panel I created with colored texture paste for my background. For the texture paste, I created 3 piles of texture paste on my glass mat. I then added Catherine Pooler reinkers to each pile to make red, yellow, and blue texture pastes. Specifically, I used Rockin' Red, Limoncello, and Fiesta Blue reinkers. Using the same method as with the gel, I applied each color through the stencil in a rainbow order, blending the colors as I went along to get my orange and green colors. I then let it air dry for a few hours. I diecut the largest rectangle die from the panel using Simon Says Stamp's Wonky Rectangle dies. This is the panel I ultimately used for my background on my card.

Next, I created the Etch A Sketch die cut using the Brutus Monroe Sketchy dies. I die cut the background with gray cardstock, the front of the toy with red cardstock, the knobs with white cardstock, and the word "Sketchy" from mirror cardstock. I also cut down a piece of scratch-off paper to 2"x2.5".

Using my Mini MISTI, I stamped the words "Happy Birthday" from Brutus Monroe's Sketchy Sentiments stamp set with Catherine Pooler Black Jack mini ink onto the gray diecut piece. I then applied the scratch-off paper over the sentiment. I used some scrap white paper on the back of the toy background for the arrows to make them white. I adhered the word "Sketchy" to the top of the toy. Lastly, I adhered the knobs on the front of the toy under the two white arrows. For some added dimension, I diecut a couple background pieces from red cardstock and stacked and adhered them to the back panel.

After adhering the background panel to my Neenah Solar White card base, I adhered the Etch A Sketch to the center of the card in a slanted position. This completed my card, and I can't wait to send it to my friend for his birthday - although, it's a bit late! Better late than never, right?

You can view the process of me creating this card in my LIVE Replay on YouTube or down below.

If you missed this LIVE, be sure to check out my LIVE on Youtube next week, Tuesday at 8pm ET! You can also find more Interactive card videos on my channel.

Tomorrow is the last day to get your FREE ticket to the Card Making Success Summit, which includes 45+ presentations from expert card makers (including myself), step-by-step directions and materials list download, as well as additional freebie and prizes! I will be presenting another interactive card that features a dancing bird!

Here is the card I will be featuring in my presentation :) This presentation will be available on Saturday OR, if you get the VIP All-Access Pass, you can watch the presentation NOW!

Be sure to also check out my LIVE Q&A scheduled for Saturday at 3pm! You can learn more about me and ask any questions you might have my the card I created or techniques I've used.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)


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Neenah Solar White Cardstock:

Brutus Monroe Off the Hook Slimline Stencil:

Brutus Monroe Sketchy Die Set:

Brutus Monroe Sketchy Sentiments:

Catherine Pooler Twilight Mini Ink:

Catherine Pooler Rockin' Red Mini Ink:

Catherine Pooler Rockin' Red Reinker:

Catherine Pooler Limoncello Mini Ink:

Catherine Pooler Limoncello Reinker:

Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Mini Ink:

Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Reinker:

Catherine Pooler Black Jack Mini Ink:

Thermoweb Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo:

Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte:

Ranger Palette Knife Set:

Nuvo Media Spatulas:

Spellbinders Best Ever Craft Tape:

SSS Rainbow Splash Small and Large Blending Brushes:

SSS Grid Transparency:

SSS Wonky Rectangle Dies:

Red CardStock

Gray Cardstock

My Favorite Things Mirror Cardstock:

White Cardstock

Blue Cardstock

Scratch Off Paper (5 sheets, NOT 10):

3L EZ Runner Grand Tape Adhesive:

Nuvo Deluxe Liquid Adhesive:

Gemini Jr. Electric Die Cutting Machine:

We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter & Piercing Tool:


Pam Watson

Hi, I'm Pam, and welcome to my Blog where I share all of my crafty adventures!



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