#850 – STB: Stencil

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have Nancy choosing the topping, and she gave us ‘Stencils’ to work on!

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And here’s what I made –

Tie and Dye Stencil

I love stencils and have a ton of them in my stash, but somehow, never end up using them. So this was a great chance for me to get to use them. I wanted to make the stencil have a big impact on the card, so tried out various techniques and media on them. Finally I chose two, out of which I made these cards.

I have used the same stencil – Tie and Dye from CrafTreat – on both of these cards.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1)

Card one: I started with a panel of photo paper. I wanted the colors to stay as soon as they would be applied, so this was the best option. I used the stencil with brusho pigment powders, applying the powder, then lying the stencil on top and misting with water to activate the colors. Working things the other way round – placing the stencil, then sprinkling the powder then misting didn’t work as the stencil had smaller negative spaces. Applying the water first and then the powders didn’t work either, since the panel didn’t stay wet enough for long enough for me to apply the powders. My plan was to actually have colors only where the stencil had openings, but that didn’t work. And it ended with this ‘burst’ look.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1 closeup)

Anyway, once everything was dry, I removed as much extra powder as possible using a towel, and then trimmed the panel and adhered it on a white card base. The sentiment, which I stacked, is from My Favorite Things, called Birthday Wishes. I also added a few iridescent sequins for embellishing.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2)

Card two: I used alcohol inks with ink lifting… kind of. 😛

I used yupo paper as the base and applied a rainbow of alcohol inks in a sunburst. Once that dried, I placed the stencil on top, then used a felt applicator with a few drops of alcohol ink blender to apply darker shades of alcohol inks on top, basically, the opposite of ink lift. Why? Because, like my earlier plan, the ink lift didn’t look good, didn’t work well.

So anyway, I moved the stencil a few more times and redid the technique, to cover the whole panel more or less equally with patterns.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2 closeup)

Once done, I adhered this over another card panel, since this yupo paper wasn’t thick enough. I then foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed the excess. The sentiment is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut them thrice and stacked them before adhering them to the card. I also used a couple of sequins for embellishing.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #372: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use a Stencil

Just Add Ink challenge 488: Celebrate. And they’ve turned 10 too!! Congratulations!!

Stamplorations January Stencil challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration from our DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg, in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Also, don’t forget to join the party!

Thank you for stopping by!

#846 – Seize the Birthday – Layer It!!

Hello and welcome!! Its just the second day of the new year, so I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!!

And to make it a crafty new year too, we have a new challenge, the very first of the new year, at Seize the Birthday challenge! You should check out the new look of the blog!! The topping this time is picked by me – ‘Layer It!

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You can choose to add layers however you like – using stencils, stamps or die cuts – even layers of cardstock! But even still, if you don’t like layering, you can choose to go without the topping and join us with any birthday themed project.

And here’s what I made –

Layer It!

Though it is a new year, I am mostly using supplies that I’ve had with me for a long time. I just felt like using them, you see! 🙂

I first stamped a white panel with Tsukineko Delicata gold ink using Penny Black Roman Surround background stamp. After it dried, I mounted this on a navy blue card base. I then tore another piece of the same navy blue cardstock, blended in some black soot distress oxide ink on the untorn sides and adhered it on top.

I then die cut the butterflies from navy blue and white cardstocks, using My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies solid and lacy dies. I also added three layers of gold heat embossing on the body of the insect and adhered all the pieces together. I then arranged and adhered it on the card.

For the sentiment, I chose Penny Black Sentimental stamp, which I gold heat embossed thrice, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. For embellishing, I used gold and blue sequins.

Layer It! (closeup)

I am also joining the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #470

Pop over to the Seize the Challenge blog to checkout (we have a new look now!) what the rest of the DT has made. We are also joined by our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg! So, you’ll get to see lots of fantastic inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

#841 – Seize the Birthday: Touch of Red

Hello and welcome! A new challenge is up on the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time, selected by Glenda, is ‘Touch of Red’!

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Well, my card has become a ‘color splash’ of Red instead of a ‘touch’ of Red!! 😀

Touch of Red

I used the penguin from Pink & Main Warm Hug, stamps from Neat and Tangled Scandinavian Prints Christmas to stamp the trees, balloons from Purple Onion Designs Baloon Trio. I colored these in gray and red and finally stamped the sentiment – a combination of from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Florals.

Touch of Red (closeup)

Hope you liked my one layer card! This is the last challenge for this year, so do remember to join us with your own birthday project! Also check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our talented Surprise Guest Annie and the rest of our talented design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#840 – STB: Off the Edge

Hello and welcome! A new challenge is up on the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the topping this time, selected by JoAnn, is ‘Off the Edge’!

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I am not really sure whether my card completely classifies as an ‘off the edge’ card. My idea was perfect, but the execution..lets just say I slipped a bit. 😉

Off the Edge (1)

My idea was to partially die cut and partially emboss the leaves using the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die, so that the die cut side falls ‘off the edge’ of the card. What happened is that the leaves turned out to be the center piece, as I accidentally concentrated more on ‘getting it done right’ than getting it ‘off the edge’! 😉

Off the Edge (2)

I first used Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron distress oxide inks to blend in some shades of green on a piece of cardstock. I also sprinkled some water and took off some of the ink to get a splattered effect.

I then used pieces of scrap cardstock which were big enough to cover the entire die and outlined the center of the leaves, trimmed each of them, adhered them together. This would be my replacement to the cutting place in my die cutting machine, since I wanted a partial cutting done. Once I finished die cutting, I used the actual cutting plate and embossing mat to emboss the rest of the piece. I also trimmed off anything I thought I didn’t need in the card.

Off the Edge (3)

To make this card, I adhered two pieces of cardstock to get a tri-fold card. I then traced out the partially die cut piece on top and trimmed it off, and then adhered my partially die cut leafy piece on top, and trimmed off the excess from the sides. For embellishing, I used a clear glitter pen on the embossed lines of the leaves. Finally, I also added an additional layer of die cut vellum.

For the flowers, I cut out multiple pieces from white cardstock using Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers dies, then stuck two pieces together for the flowers. I then adhered these on the card and added a pearl on each flower’s center for embellishing.

Off the Edge (4)

For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes and stamped it using gray ink, trimmed it and using a strip of foam, adhered it only to one side of the card.

Hope my card inspires you! Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our talented Surprise Guest Annie and the rest of our talented design team! And, of course, join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#837 – Birthday Candles

Hello! Time for a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge. The topping for the new challenge, given by Colleen, is ‘Candles’. Of course, the topping is optional, and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

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Frankly, I was a little lost on this. I had a lot of ideas, but nothing was actually coming to fruition. Finally I made this – I am not completely happy, but not completely dissatisfied either. So, here it is –

Birthday Candles

I made the background by sponging some distress oxide inks and then splattered water, dried it, then splattered Picket Fence distress paint on it, then dried it again. I then die cut the panel using MFT Blueprints 27 and foam mounted it on a white card base.

Birthday Candles (closeup)

The candles come from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes, which I stamped and then fussy cut. Come to think of it, I never added the candles’ wicks!! Anyway, I foam mounted these on the card. The sentiment is two part – the die cut is from Memory Box Birthday Script, which I cut 4 pieces of and stacked, and the stamp is from Altenew Adore You. Finally I added some sequins as embellishments.

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Annie! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#836 – Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge is all about making birthday projects, and you can choose to go with the topping, or, since it is optional, you can also go without it. This time, we have a new topping, ‘For Kids’, selected by Lindsey.

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And here’s what I made –

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

I started with making the background, or the water for the fishes. I used two pieces of watercolor paper, applied the watercolors and left it to dry. Once dry, I used MFT Ocean Waves die to cut out pieces of the waves. For adhering these waves, I added foam tape on the tip of the waves and glued the bottom of the waves directly to the white card base.

Meanwhile, I stamped the fish and the water plants from the MFT Gill Friends using a light grey ink and then used Polychromos pencils for coloring the them. I then fussy cut them. On the card, I used foam tape on some and directly adhered the others.

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut a mint colored cardstock using Winnie & Walter’s Sketchy Thoughts and then stamped the sentiment, from MFT Gill Friends. I foam mounted this on the card base. And that’s my card!

Hope you are inspired! Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest Annie and our wonderful design team! If making a kids’ card isn’t in your agenda, you are always welcome to make any kind of birthday project and join us!

#834 – STB: Adding Geometric Shapes

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Add Geometric Shapes’, which is given to us by TaeEun. Of course, as usual, you are free to skip the topping and join us with any Birthday project, as long as it is new.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Going with the topping again, this is what I made this time –

Geometry

Double cards using the same stamp! I got this handsome background stamp from The Stamp Market called Diamond Tile.. and I soooo wanted to use it for so long!! I wanted to do watercoloring on these squares. While trying out different colors and different ways to use the background, I finalized on these two pieces and decided to make cards using them.

Geometry (card 1)

For the first one, I gold heat embossed the background. Then, I used my Gansai Tambi paints to color in. The coloring is not exactly as solid as I would have liked, but I let it be, for unique texture! 😉 I gold heat embossed it again. This time, since the paint wasn’t completely dry, I got a few spots of gold on other sections too, but I let it be – I liked that look too! 😉

Geometry (card 1 closeup)

Once it dried, I used Spellbinders Label 24 die to cut a panel for the sentiment from kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Flower sparks using Versamark Watermark ink and then gold heat embossed it. I then blended in some Gathered Twigs distress ink in the center and sides, for some added texture.

I then foam mounted the watercolor panel on a kraft card base, and then foam mounted the sentiment piece on top. For embellishing, I added some gold sequins.

Geometry (card 2)

For the second piece, I used a very light grey ink to stamp the image on a watercolor paper piece and then watercolored it. I then die cut this using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and foam mounted it on a white cardbase.

On top of this, I used a couple of sprigs using dies from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. For the sentiment, I used sentiment stamps Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, and die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha, which I watercolored in grey and stacked with a few more die cuts. I then foam mounted the whole thing on top of the watercolored panel. I also used a few gemstones for embellishing.

Geometry (card 2 closeup)

I hope you are inspired by my cards! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Annie! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂