This card was made for Online Card Classes’ Stretch Your Dies class earlier this year. I diecut multiple “birthdays” using Papertrey Ink’s Wonderful Words: Birthday Die
in the same white as my card base. I then adhered all of the birthdays directly onto the card base.
Because the background got to be somewhat busy I decided to keep the decorations to a minmum: A diecut banner with an embossed sentiment and a few sequins in a matching colour and that was it. KIIS!
I’ve signed up for and participated in Online Card Classes’s latest class: Background Check which is all about creative ways of making backgrounds. Kristina Werner taught us how to add colours to embossed backgrounds and I must say that colouring really adds a lot to an embossed background. For my first attempt at this technique I used a Sizzix embossing folder and distress inks to colour the embossed areas. Initially, I used a dauber to add the colours but I quickly realised that I prefered using a q-tip because I felt it was easier to control.
When it came to designing the actual card, I took a cue from Kristina Werners design but took it in a slightly different direction. I added some rustic twine around the front of the card, a small stamped sentiment and some cobbery sequins.
I want my bows to have ends that look nice and this often leads me to glueing down a part of the ends of the bows. On this card I tucked one end under the sentiment and thereby keeping this end of the bow in place.
This background could look like it was just stamped (at least in photos) but the texture of the piece is really cool because of the embossing.
And just a final glimpse of the card where the sequins catch the light and show off their shine and shimmer.
I’ve added this card to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes!
When participating in Online Card Classes’ Mask-erade we were taught by Debby Hughes how to use liquid masking and water colour to create unique hand drawn patterns. This is a really fun technique and I created two cards that are fairly close to Debby’s designs but I do want to try and create new and different patterns in the future because this was fun! For this first card I hand drew a sunset scene which was easy – what was less easy was colouring it using the water colors: It does look like a sunset but it isn’t as subtle as I might have wanted it to be (here’s a chance to try again another time).
K thinks the sun looks like a Swedish cinnamon roll… I don’t know whether that is praise or not but I can see that it might be a bit swirly.
While I did like the sunset card, I really like Debby’s wood grain pattern and knew I had to give that a go too. I did my card and then I didn’t feel like covering up as much of the wood grain pattern as Debby had done on her original card. This led me to a much simpler embellishment scheme where I just added a word and a few wood dots.
I think this technique of using liquid masking to resist the water colours work really really well for organic patterns like the wood grain. It gives it a very natural look.
One of the lessons of Online Card Classes Mask-erade was to mask off an area prior to using a stencil. This is actually a really neat idea because it makes it so much easier to fit in a sentiment on a stencilled card. For my card I used Create a Smile’s Waves Stencil and added a gradient of blues through the stencil.
I liked Kristina Werner’s idea of wrapping twine “around” the masked area so I did that too. I used Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold and Party for the sentiment and the smaller of the sentiments was embossed using a red WOW embossing powder.