While it’s certainly Christmas craft season in my messy craft room, I had to take a break from Christmas to work on some birthday cards (some commissioned and some for my own use).  I find it hard to switch back and forth because I keep my seasonal supplies segregated from my “everyday” stuff and having both types of supplies going at once makes my room more disorganized than usual.

However, it wasn’t much trouble to whip out some Paper Smooches stamps and make this cheerful, masculine birthday card:

I used one of my favourite lines of paper (Echo Park!) and a couple of die cuts I had left over from another card I made earlier in the day.  I paper-pieced the car which serves the purpose of matching the patterned paper exactly plus it solves the difficulty in colouring on non-white cardstock.

I was tempted to accent the “smoke” with a grey copic but didn’t want to cut more die cuts if I made a mistake as I’d already put the dies away.

As you can see from the last few cards I’ve made, I’m loving this technique of popping a panel of the same colour cardstock on top of the card base.