Thursday, October 6, 2016

Framed Birthday Card

A special friend has a birthday coming up and I wanted to created a card for her using a stem and flower stamp set. The stamp I had in mind is not a CTMH stamp set but everything else is from CTMH. 

I started out with a piece of White Daisy cardstock and three shades of green - Emerald, Lagoon and Sea Glass. Blending the colours, I ended up with my background. I masked the stem part of the stamp and stamped the image in black and then stamped the flower parts in Versamark ink so I could emboss them in white - at least that was the plan. After adding the embossing powder, it stuck to almost the entire piece of paper! I spent a LONG time with a fine tipped paintbrush, trying to remove the embossing powder from between the flowers and the rest of the paper, When I finally did use the heat tool and embossed the flowers, they did not turn out well at all - it looked like a blurry mess. 

Back to the drawing table to start again with my already green fingers... I inked another sheet of cardstock and this time, I decided to stamp the flowers separately and cut them out instead. Small as they are, it was a challenge but it worked out better. I stamped them in two colours and added them later. 

So, the finished card is below - with the stamped and cut out flowers with a hint of shimmer (that still doesn't show in my photograph). I love the background and the wood grain frame adds so much to the card. 


Products used are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated: 

Paper; Happy Times Paper Pack (ret.), White Daisy Cardstock, Emerald Cardstock
Stamps: Rose Wonder (SU - not CTMH), Wild About Flowers (SU - not CTMH)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Saffron, Lemon, Sea Glass, Lagoon, Emerald
Accessories: Artistry Cartridge, Whisper Twine, White Organdy Ribbon (ret.), Bitty Sparkles, Foam Tape, Shimmer Pen 

Enjoy, 
Alyson



3 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card Alyson! I loved reading about your process to get it just right. I love the combination of twine and organza ribbon--really unique. Thanks for inspiring me today--have a wonderfully creative weekend!
    :) Marie

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  2. what a gorgeous card Alyson! Your finished product is amazing, your friend is going to LOVE it.

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  3. Gorgeous card...and this wasn't even made for the Heart2Heart challenge for this week. Love everything about it.

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