Practicing Creativity

One Layer Hoppy Birthday Frog Birthday Card

One layer Hoppy Birthday card colored with Caran d'Ache Luminance pencils on kraft paper, by Paperesse.

Back in 2016 I did a 'This Bud's for You' one layer card card with a digi colored on kraft paper. I was pleased with how the digi looked on kraft and I really don't know why it took me so long to color on kraft again, but it did – just until this February DJ birthday card

Resolved not to wait so long next time, I whipped up this masculine birthday card for my stash. The disparate digis – cattails, lily pad, flies, and frog – are PNG images from Prettygrafik's frog pond stamp set. I played around with them until I had a final layered image I liked (don't know what the difference is between PNG and JPG files? see this 'What is a PNG Digital Stamp File...' tutorial). I did a couple of test runs through my printer to make sure I had the placement right and once I did printed it out on kraft to color. The sentiment was created with Grinched font. Some twine tied on the side with a little frog charm dress it up.

And since I haven't done one in a while, how about a crafty tip? 

*Crafty tip – Twine bows can be bad about coming untied. To prevent this, I use a toothpick to apply a little bit of Aleene's Tacky Glue to the knot itself and behind it. Although this glue looks white at first, it does dry clear (for this tip, you need to be sure your glue dries clear!). This keeps the bow tied and it stays where you want it. If I'm using a charm, I also put a little bit of glue on the backside of the charm, adhering it to the paper, that way the charm doesn't flop around and stays in a visible position.

Supply List
Paper – kraft cardstock
Digital stamps – Prettygrafik Frog Pond
Embellishments – twine, frog charm
Font – Grinched
Caran d'Ache Luminance 901 pencils
Art-n-Fly white pen


  1. You made a one layer card - *gasp* j/k It's a wonderful card, Shani! Thanks for the twine tip too!

  2. I love this card, the image is so cute and you've inspired me to color on Kraft! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Funday Challenge, and sharing your lovely card.
    Donna xx
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  3. Fabulous pencil colouring on kraft Shani, love the foggie and his little charm..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. Fabulous card, love the colors on the kraft paper, never would of never thought to do that, a fun and great image too!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Simply Clean & Simple.
    Diane SCAS Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
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  5. So very sweet - and I'm loving the colouring on kraft!! Such a fun sentiment too!

  6. Love your pencils on kraft. This is such a fun image and great tip too!

  7. Thank you for joining in our challenge this month with your wonderful project!
    DT – Val, Nan, Leigh, Cat


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