I had a different birthday card initially, but it was too busy and cluttered. So I went back to my preferred CAS style and let the colours pop against all that crisp white space.
Started by stamping the mouse with Copic friendly black ink on a scrap of Copic friendly paper. Did some simple shading with cool gray Copic markers, then fussy cut him out.
Birthday was then die cut from a scrap of Bristol paper and its shadow from a scrap of black cardstock Using Zig markers, coloured the birthday diecut sentiment in a gradient of red, orange and yellow to meet the colour challenge. White heat embossed the happy sentiment (retired) onto a black strip, then assembled all the pieces onto a stitched rectangle panel from my stash. For some dimension, Crystal Glaze added to birthday finished off the card.
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