Make A Happy and Cheerful Character

Happy 30th Birthday Card

by Katharina Frei


My lively and cheerful cousin turned 30 last month. I wanted her birthday card to represent her character and decided to create a watercolor background with Radiant Neon inks.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 minutes + dry time



Step 1

I started with a piece of heavy watercolor paper (300g). To add additional shimmer to my background, I sprayed the paper with Sheer Shimmer Spritz multiple times.


Step 2

I took the color directly from the inkpad with my stipple brush and started to paint random stripes onto the wet watercolor paper. I had to apply more color multiple times, until the intensity matched the one I had in my mind.


Step 3

In the end, I not only painted stripes, but also added a few dots to get a more interesting look.


Step 4

A special highlight on this card is the large Monterey Pine bird, which I painted with Neon Amplify.

I heat set only parts of the bird to get a scattered appearance of the popped ink.

Love how it turned out!!!



  • Heidi Swapp – “happy” metal die
  • AC number stickers
  • Watercolor paper
  • Black cardstock

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