#970 – Stencil Monoprint

Hello and welcome! We’re back with a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the Topping this time is selected by Cathy is ‘Use a Stencil‘. Of course, as always, we have ‘Anything Goes‘ as well, so if you don’t fancy using stencils, you can always join us with any birthday project you create.

And here’s what I made –

I used the Indian Ornate Mandala from Mudra for this card. The details in this stencil are amazing! I thought they would make a really great background.

After trying out a few ways of printing using gelly plate and not getting the desired effect, I finally switched to monoprinting. I applied Distress Inks in some blues and a teensy bit of purple on the stencil directly, misted it a bit with water and lay it on my cardstock. I had already placed the cardstock on top of the gelly plate. The advantage being I could use a roller to press over the whole stencil, applying pressure to transfer the ink, without staining my hands. Also, if I found that the print was not well done, or if I wanted to apply another layer, it would be easy to align with the translucent stencil.

So anyway, once this dried, I trimmed it a bit on the sides. I went through my stash, looking for a small stamp or die cut that would look good on this, and finally settled on Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies. I debated between using some foil or using white cardstock for the die cuts, but finally settled on white cardstock. I die cut it out of the white cardstock and some more out of scrap cardstock, which I adhered behind the white one for some dimension. I did the same with the sentiment, which used Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips.

I then mounted the background on white cardstock, then adhered the flower and the sentiment on top. Finally I added a gem stone on the flower from Lucy’s Little Things to add the littlest embellishment. 🙂

And that’s my card finished! Do hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout some more creative ways to use stencils for this challenge! We have the whole design team and our new Surprise Party Guest Carol McFarland for providing you with ample inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#968 – A Vintage Cake Recipe

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge again up at the Seize the Birthday challenge, and this time, the topping, suggested by our teammate Shirley, is ‘Cakes‘. Every Challenge is always Anything Goes and the Topping is included for extra fun. It’s not required to include the topping on your birthday project.

And here’s what I made –

As usual, my plans didn’t come to fruition, but I love how it turned out nevertheless!! 😀

I had thought of making a nice bright cake, but this one started looking vintage on completion. And what’s more, the cherries were so dark, they were almost black. Thank god they are watercolors, I could add water and use a tissue to pick up the extra color. And look, I forgot to add a tray under the cake!! Well, I did put a nice table cloth, so that should be fine, right? 😀

So, anyway, after watercoloring the cake and the table cloth, I used a newspaper stamp to stamp the background, then watercolored it some more to spread the colors. I thought of adding splatters, but decided against it. Once the water all dried, I die cut the panel using My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle. I then stamped the sentiment, from Penny Black Sentimental stamp set in black. For the card base, I stamped the gingham using Impression Obsession Gingham stamp, using my MISTI to stamp it once using a medium teal ink, then offsetting it by a couple of millimeters before stamping it for a second time using a kraft ink. I then foam mounted the watercolor panel on top.

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #248: Word Prompt

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout some delicious cake filled inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

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#967 – Let’s Try Stitching!!!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday and the optional Topping this time, chosen by Barbara, is to ‘Use Faux or Real Stitching‘. Since the topping is optional, as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the party!

And here’s what I made –

I finally dipped my hands into cross-stitching!!! Yay!!! My sister was a major inspiration, after all, I’ve been seeing her use the needle and thread for years now! 🙂

I’m glad to also have used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel, for what I think, is the intended way of usage (no, I am not saying you can’t just just use it as a background, it looks wonderful either way!). On this, card, since I didn’t want to waste embroidery thread with my amateur stitching, I used normal sewing thread instead, since I had access to plenty of it from my mother’s stash! Also, I did choose colors on my own this time – I usually have a couple of colors in my mind and use my color inspiration board on pinterest to pick the rest of the colors – but this time, I chose all of them, and I am super happy that they worked so well!

I did have a great time stitching. I did all the amateur mistakes – felt so bad when I had to cut off a lot of thread because I didn’t pull it right, made the top stitch come out from the wrong side, stitched over one hole, measured wrong – the whole shots – but I truly did enjoy the experience. In fact, I would like to make more (and maybe use embroidery threads this time? What say sis?) if I am not time constrained!

All that story, since I didn’t have much to write about the card itself!!! 😀

Anyway, coming back to the card – Once I finished the sewing, I cut out 2 sets of the frames using dies from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and Waffle Flowers Nesting Squares, along with extra pieces from scrap cardstock to stack them for dimension. I then adhered these using liquid glue and then mounted that over a square Beige card base. The sentiment comes from Neat and Tangled Hand Stitched stamp set, which I thought suited the card to a T. I also added a thin strip of copper foil washi tape on the sentiment strip, since I wasn’t going to add any other embellishment – sorry you can’t see the shine here.

And I’m joining the following challenges as well –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #324: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #414: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

And that concludes my report of my new crafting adventure! 😀 Checkout more stitching inspirations from our Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and of course, our fantastic crafting team at the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#966 – Watercoloring on Glossy Cardstock

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the optional Topping, chosen by JoAnn is to ‘Use Pastel Colors only‘. Of course, as it is optional, you are free to join with any birthday related project you’ve newly created.

And here’s what I made –

The cardstock I used was pretty different this time – it had a normal side and a glossy side. The glossy side was pretty unique – water or watercolor, wasn’t moving like how it would with either watercolor paper or normal cardstock on it. It was behaving kind of like when light gesso is applied on paper. Colors were not settling or drying quickly enough, but its not like I was able to reactivate once it dried either. Very unique indeed! And I used that to get a lovely effect for my background! In fact, that’s the cardstock I used for the whole card.

For the background, I smooshed the distress ink pad over a acrylic sheet, misted it with water and dropped the cardstock on top, moved it a bit before lifting it, and repeated the color-picking process until I was satisfied with the coverage. And I watercolored the flowers’ and leaves’ solid die cut parts using a simple thick brush. For the outlines, I die cut them out of the same cardstock, leaving them uncolored, of course, showing off the glossy cardstock. While adhering the pieces, I offset them a bit and adhered only the center areas, leaving the perimeters hanging. That helped in getting a bit more dimension as well.

For the background, I did add a small detail of white heat embossing using a Border Patterns stamp from Cloud9. I then trimmed the sides a bit before using a couple of scrap cardstocks for extra dimension and adhering it to a white card base. I then adhered the flowers and leaves, and then used white half-pearls to embellish. For the sentiment, I used the stamp set Playful Animal Friends 2, trimmed it and again used strips of scrap cardstock to add dimension.

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: All Things Feminine

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

The Paper Players challenge #556: Tic Tac Toe challenge from Jaydee (I’m picking the first column: Feminine – Birthday-Florals)

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge to checkout the cards made by our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and the rest of our creative design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#962 – STB: By The Sea

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge and the Topping this time, chosen by our dear leader Nancy, is ‘By the Sea‘!

And here’s what I made –

I used Simon Says Stamp Sea and Sky, my latest addition to my stash, in this card. It creates such a beautiful scene with minimal effort! I used Distress Oxide Inks for the sky, to make it easier to blend the colors I wanted – yellow to pink and pink to blues – so effortless! And then stamped the water with distress ink, misted with water, used a brush to spread the color, then once dried, I stamped it with Oxide inks again – I wanted a reflection of the colors on the sky. Finally the sand – more distress ink, with a more liberal spritz of water. The shell and starfish are from Simon Says Stamp Be A Mermaid, which I stamped in grey inks and colored with a mix of Distress Inks and Zig Brush marker pens.

So, this card actually has a lot of media, though they all involve water!! 😀

To finish the card, I trimmed the panel to size, foam mounted it on a white card base. Then I added the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes, on a strip of white cardstock, cut it down, to adhere it using foam tape.

And that’s it! The most quick and easy card I’ve made! 🙂 And I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inkspirational challenge #245: Journey

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #322: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Add a Sentiment

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout more inspiration from the rest of our DT and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂