Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! For this challenge, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme, but, if want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping. This time, the topping, chosen by Glenda is ‘Non-neutral Card Base.’
And here’s what I made –
I started with colors of card base – a nice mint colored one, and another a dark peachy color. On these, using my Misti, I stamped using a grey ink the beautiful flower cluster image from Concord and 9th Hello Lovely stamp set. Next, I followed this technique of using white paint with dye inks to paint over these colored cardstock. This is a new technique for me, and I struggled a little bit with the colors and coloring, but I was able to get mostly solid colors good coverage on the image. Once everything had dried, stamped the image again, this time using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed them both in white.
Frankly, I had no idea where to proceed from there. I loved both the outcomes, and they looked pretty good without anything, but I did want to make something with them.
So, for the first one, I fussy cut the panel partially, added a strip of white cardstock behind it, added another piece of gold glitter washi tape behind that, but at an angle. I then adhered this over a mango colored cardbase.
For the sentiment, I used Pink Fresh Studio Playful Animal Friends 2, which O gold heat embossed in vellum. I then cut out the strip of vellum and adhered it over the cardbase, tucking both sides under the top flap. To embellish, I added a few dots of white nuvo drops.
With the second panel, I first brushed on a darker teal on the top and the bottom edges, to get a ombre effect. I then cut out a frame using 2 successive rectangles from the Memory Box Rectangles Basics dies. For the sentiment, I recycled – I used a packing paper from a Mama Elephant (I think) stamp set, which I had kept from ages ago. I cut this into a flag, stamped the Happy Birthday from WPlus9 Basic Banners stamp set. The die comes from Simon Says Stamp Wishing die. I cut out a couple of this, stacking them to get some stability and adhered it over the flag panel. I then foam mounted this on the cardbase. And finally added some sequins for embellishing.
And that makes my 2 cards! Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jennifer Wills!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
This is my 2nd or 3rd attempt to leave a comment… and here is what I wrote:
Both beautiful and gentle cards, Ashwini! This is definitely a challenge, but I think I will try to challenge myself once again… we’ll see 😉
Sorry that you had to try so many times! But glad it worked in the end! 😁
Thanks you for your kind words, Cris! Looking ahead to yet another masterpiece from you! 😘
Wow, Ashwini, these are absolutely gorgeous! There is certainly no evidence of any struggle to get this technique to work for you! And such beautiful ways to add lots of extra interest to the finished cards. Both of them are spectacular.
Thank you so much Lindsey! That really means a lot! ❤️❤️
Two beautiful cards with those lovely flower clusters and pretty colored card bases. Love the ombre effect on the 2nd one and the special effects with the angled gold washi tape.
Thank you so much JoAnn!
Ashwini, your cards are outstanding…the coloring and layering are just fabulous! You always inspire! Heart Hugs.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Colleen!
Two lovely creations Ashwini, I love them both, both are soft and pretty!
Thank you Rahmat!
I love the bright and pretty backgrounds and make your flowers squeal with a delightful effect. I always get some great ideas from you.
Thank you so much Barbara! Glad you liked them!
Wow.. first I loved this technique of coloring on colored base , second I loved how you added something more to the painted panels .Both the cards look beautiful .
Thank you very much Pooja!
I love the muted tones you achieved with your white paint! These are both nothing short of beautiful. Have a great week!
Thank you Nancy! 💕
I love both, Ashwini! The coloring on the colored cardstock turned out beautifully! And I love the added twists of the layouts you’ve created! Awesome!
Thank you very much, TaeEun!
These are GORGEOUS! I love the flower colors you used against those fabulous bases. So pretty!
Thank you so much for your kind words!
Beautiful cards! The colored bases make them sing 🙂
Thank you Vicki!
Amazing results with that technique Ashwini, I’ve not heard of it before but your cards are stunning! Love the finishing touches you added to each too, especially the frame on the blue one, so pretty, Cathy x
Thank you so much Cathy!
I love the soft colouring of the flowers, Ashwini, they look beautiful on the coloured cardstock. And then you take it even further by finishing them off so cleverly!
Thank you very much Shirley!
Doesn’t look like you struggled at all!!! These are both stunning. I always love the techniques you use …. wish I had enough energy to try them myself. LOL! Thanks for always creating such beautiful cards and sharing them with us.
Thank you so much Glenda! Getting such wonderful comments always makes the time I spent totally worth it! ❤️😘