Tween Birthday and a Color Dare

My first baby just had a birthday. And he's twelve now so I can only get away with calling him that on this blog (since he doesn't read it). The days of teddy bear or train cards are way in the past so it was time to come up with something a little more "tween". *sigh* Somebody have a baby so I can baby them, ok?

Today's color challenge at the Color Dare contains the perfect color combo for a masculine card. We dare you to use:
If you do not have these exact colors, just use whatever you have that is close. We would love to see what you create so please link to your project in a comment here or using Linky at the Color Dare site. C'mon - whaddya waiting for? Oh, you're waiting for my son's card...that's right!

My Digital Studio came to the rescue with this card. How do I love it? Let me count the ways:
  • Easy to tweak colors, if you want to. The background started as Baja Breeze; to lighten it up,  drop the opacity (here, it is at 50%).
  • Next, large white dots were added using the digital circle punch. Color fill with Whisper White and then copy and paste to add as many as you like. 
  • The last step was to add the age. To create the "12", add a 1 from the stamp brush set then add the 2 next to it. Select them both, then create a group. This makes it very easy to copy and paste (as a 12 now) as many as you need. You can also adjust the size and color of the group as one element.
  • There is a handy "grid" feature built in to the program makes it easy to line up your images. You can turn it off when you don't want to see it on-screen.
  • I created the background on half of an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. On the other half, I added the hand sign and other sentiments from this set. I printed it here at home on a Canon Pixma, selecting "matte photo paper" so that I could print it out onto Whisper White card stock. These images can still be colored in with pencils and markers, just like you would a traditionally stamped image. 
  • These images are from Bring on the Cake. It was available as a stamp set in the Occasions Mini catalog and while we don't know if it will make the new IB&C, it is still available in digital form. (The link will take you there, if you are interested.) Another reason to love digital images?  Only $7.95 for the entire set. Leaves more room in the budget for a yummy cake :)
Thanks for stopping by! And remember - to see more ideas, be sure to visit the Color Dare blog or follow the links in my side bar to individual team members.

Stampin' Supplies: 
My Digital Studio, Bring on the Cake (digital)
Paper: Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers in Blush Blossom, Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze
Tools: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Always within reach: Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394), Stampin' Scrub (102642)