Kellett’s Tickle Monster Birthday

As I mentioned earlier this week, I am a proud uncle to four nephews and a niece. Kellett is the youngest of these children. He turns 4 today!

When all the other children were growing up, I played a little game of Tickle Monster with them. “Hey! Come over here.”  As they approached, I’d whisper, “I’m gonna’ tickle the stew out of you.”  I was always greeted with a giggle and a huff as they ran away from me – only to return again moments later, approaching me slyly. With just a wiggle of my index finger, they were gone again.

Kellett never played this Tickle Monster game with me because this child LOVES to be tickled. When I visit, he gives me a big hug and then lifts his shirt to be tickled. He’s cool with being pinned down and tortured until he’s breathless. His bell.  His feet.  His knees.  It’s a lot more work than I ever expect, but he is so dang adorable.

So, this doesn’t really read “Tickle Monster,” but I made this alien/monster card to celebrate Kellett’s 4th birthday:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Stamp and snip.  When I first envisioned this card, I knew I wanted these monsters to be peaking through little windows-like frames.  Once again, I found myself wanting solid, bold colors that I couldn’t get when I watercolored with ink.  I know I could get a bold color with watercolor crayons, but I felt like some snipping would be fun.  So, I stamped on colored card stock and snipped away. 
  • Expect the Unexpected/Add Some Action.  I wanted to include the three monsters featured in this stamp set, along with a balloon.  The four items would make for a perfect square, but how cute is it to make the balloon pull away from the expected square?  It adds a little action and kinda tells a little story here, don’t you think?
  • Rework. Rework.  After I mounted all the monsters on the Whisper White card stock and mounted that on the red cardstock, I came to the horrible realization that I had mounted the white card stock crooked.  Completely off balance.  Boo!  So, I just cut the front flap off the card and then trimmed around it by lining up the white edge of the card stock on the trimmer.  You can see below that the white line of the card stock is lined up with the silver edge of the trimmer.  I trimmed around the card and then mounted the whole thing on Pacific Point card stock.  You can’t really see the thin layer of Pacific Point around the card in the picture above, but it’s there.  🙂 monster card rework

Happy birthday, Kellett!

Stamp sets: Make a Monster, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Party this Way (retired) Papers: Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green, Pumpkin Pie  Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red  Accessories:  1″ Square punch, Googlies, Baker’s Twine (Lucky Limeade), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. What a cute story! Sounds like you’re the Favorite Family Uncle! Love the monsters and this guy holding the balloon it too cool! I can’t believe you opted to paper snip again! Now I know you have a dirty house! he he. Happy Birthday Kellett!

  2. This is such a cute card . I really really like the balloon floating out … how crafty to add that too. You did a good save on this …how many of us can identify. Happy Birthday Kellett !

  3. The balloon floating up and away is perfect!

  4. Love this card! Kellett will love it, too!

    I really enjoy your use of bright rich colors. Also the admission of the opportunities for redesign that all of us face…. 🙂

  5. Very cute Brian!

  6. That’s an adorable card, Brian. I have two grandsons, and will definitely keep this design in mind for one of them. And I know so well that sinking feeling when you look at a card and see that it is off-kilter. And it always happens to an especially time-consuming one, doesn’t it? You made a great comeback with it…I’m impressed.

    TFS, Kathy Liu


  7. How adorable is that!? Cute! Love it!

  8. Oh Brian, this is absolutely adorable!!!! Any child would love this card…and the balloon floating and yet attached to the monster….fabulous!!!!!!!!

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