#873 – Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! We’re back with another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.Β  And the topping this time, chosen by our leader Nancy, is ‘Watercoloring’. Now, that’s my favorite!! πŸ˜€

I made this card for a dear crafting friend, who had her birthday a quite a while ago. But I wasn’t able to send her the card due to the lockdown… Hope to send it out soon!

I wanted to make this a spring themed one….Doesn’t look very springy? I had initially though of adding some nice bright colors, but then thought – hey, that’s what I always do! So, I thought of reducing the brightness a notch by choosing some darker colors. Adding a bit of grey-green around the image reduced the brightness a notch more. I should admit it was a notch more than I wanted, but I did like the overall effect. Its kinda like taking a vignette photo of those spring flowers! πŸ˜‰

So here’s how I made it. I started by stamping the florals from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers stamp sets in a light grey color. I used the watercolor paper from CrafTangles. I then water colored these using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once dry, I added a lot of splatters of black, brown and white. Setting this aside, I set to work on the rest of the card.

For the background, I used a brown cardstock. I used the leaf stamps from the same two sets and using Platinum ep to heat emboss them. I also added the least bit of brown color on all the edges, by gently blending them into the cardstock.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of ‘Wishes’ from the My Favorite Things Best Wishes die, adhered them together and then heat embossed them with the same Platinum ep. I also white heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set. I then trimmed the piece to size.

To assemble, I fuzzy cut one side of the watercolored piece, and trimmed it on the other sides, and then foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment pieces on top, with the black piece getting foam mounted too. And that finished my card!

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jo Avery!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

28 thoughts on “#873 – Birthday Wishes

  1. I am so partial to this loose type of watercoloring. Your example is making my knees weak. I delight in the way that you added the embossed background that really added to the total idea.

  2. Your colors are so vivid Ashwini! I can’t stop admiring this card!! I think that stamp is really cool cause the leaves are more rounded. I might have to go look for it. Hugs my friend!

  3. WOW!! This is STUNNING!! I love the background but your watercolor is amazing!!! I wish I could paint like this!!

  4. Who would say No to such card ??..loved the loose water coloring and use of different shades of green for leaves, they look beautiful ! The heat embossed bg highlights the beauty of watercoloring ! (Can’t wait to see it in real !)

  5. This is such a beautiful card Ashwini, your colouring is gorgeous, love the dramatic colours. The platinum ep looks so good on the kraft base too, Cathy x

  6. Thud – that is the sound of me falling over because you’ve blown me away with this amazing watercolouring. I absolutely love it. So gorgeous!

  7. Wow Ashwini! Love the deep dark shades contrasting with the bright lights, framed by the wonderful blue green eucalyptus leaves! The heat embossed background tight everything together beautifully! Watercolors look good on you 😊… for real!

  8. I just concluded that I sound like I’m trying to sell you something πŸ˜‚. I’m not… just didn’t found better words for this beauty!

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