Today is a special day as it’s new Blog Team Designer Lisa Henke‘s debut post! We are so tickled by her adorable birthday card and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Plus, to celebrate Lisa’s first day, we’re doing a giveaway! Keep reading for details…

And now, here’s Lisa to tell us all about her project…

I am so excited to share my first project with the TE Blog team, and a
little bit nervous! One of my favorite new-to-me dies is the Pockets & Pages 3×4 Photo Frame.
Instead of using it as a frame, I decided to keep the middle panel in
place so I could create a water colored background panel for my card. (I
simply flipped it over and used tape to hold it together.) I used Peeled
Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks and the ‘smooshing’ technique for
my water colored background.

I have found that the
smooshing technique is my favorite way to create pretty backgrounds like
this. Many crafters use a craft sheet, but if you don’t have one on hand, you can use a sheet of acetate. I pressed the ink on it and then spritzed with water.
Then I ‘smooshed’ the acetate onto water colored card stock. I love that the
acetate is flexible, allowing you to get the color right where you want
it. I set this panel aside to dry and then moved on to coloring.

Giraffes are one of my favorite zoo animals so it was the first image I inked up from the adorable Wild About You stamp set. I colored him up with my copics and colored up a trio of the leaf image in the set while I had out my markers. The matching Wild About You Dies made cutting these images out a snap.

I
stamped the sentiment onto a circle and turned it into a little tag
with a 1/8″ circle punch and bakers twine. I tucked the leaves behind
the tag and and popped it all up with some foam tape. The finishing
touch on the card was a die-cut red balloon Little Bits – Balloons. I gave it a coating of glossy accents. A little bit of hemp twine was added so the giraffe could hold it.

Thank you for sharing this darling card with us today, Lisa! We can’t wait to see all the amazing creations you design for us in the coming months. You can find more of Lisa’s beautiful work on her blog, My Little Creative Escape. Have a joyful day!

How to Enter: Leave
a comment below about the last time you went to the zoo by Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST.
We’ll choose one lucky winner at random to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the TE Store! We’ll announce the winner here on the TE Blog next week. Good
luck!