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.
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. 🙂
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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