Happy Birthday Pandas

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 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  It was very busy for me but I did get some time in to work on cards.  Today's card is for the CAS Colours and Sketches color challenge for November 21.  The challenge this week was their 250th AND celebrates their fifth birthday!
Stampin Up Party Pandas
The colors are:
I decided to make a birthday card using the panda from Party Pandas and some balloons from Balloon Celebration.  I stamped one the large balloon several times, masking them to create depth.

I wanted stripes on the side and I have a nice background stamp that I thought would work.  Unfortunately when I tried masking off the stripes it just didn't stamp well.
So I stamped the stripes on the side of an A2 card and cut my panel with the panda down to 5 1/2 x 4 inches so I would have a 1/4 inch strip down the side.  When I tried laying this panel on the striped panel I could see the stripes through the white card stock.  I ended up gluing a black panel to the back of the panda panel to prevent "show-through" - kind of like a camisole.

The balloons are colored with Copics and Stampin' Blends markers.  Since the colors specified are Stampin' Up colors I decided to use as many of the Blends as possible.  The Blends do not have really light value makers so I used a few Copics as my lightest values.  Also, the Blends are not available in every color so I had to color match my blue.

I always color more than one card - in this case between my first and last panda panel, I decided I needed one more balloon, so you see four balloons in the final card.  I used a multi-liner pen to hand draw most of the strings.

This card went fairly fast and was easy to color.  It would also look great with the balloons colored flat without shading.

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Stamps: Stampin' Up Party Pandas, Balloon Celebration, Brushstrokes
Markers: Stampin' Blends Cherry Cobbler and Copic R32; Daffodil Delight and Y11; B12, B14, B16; shadows N0, N1

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  1. Love the black and white panda with the bright coloured balloons! Thanks for sharing with us this week at CC&S!

  2. Oh my cuteness! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S.

  3. Oh I love this card! Such an adorable image! And using a panda brings in the cute without adding more colors - genius! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  4. The Panda is mega cute and I love how you have added the balloons. Thanks for joining us for the CC&S challenge.

  5. Squeee - this is just too too darling! I like how the striped border prevents the card from looking too plain, but keeps the concept of CAS. Thanks for sharing your amazing card in our birthday challenge at CC&S! :)

  6. I love your card. Thank you for explaining how you made the striped column. That adds so much to the overall design.

  7. Very nice I love this