#1013 – STB: Follow a Sketch

PE: Featured Artist at As You See It challenge! Yay!!

As You See It - Featured Artist

Hello and welcome! Today we start a new challenge at Seize the Birthday!

Our host this time, JoAnn, has given us a sketch to work with as the topping . The Topping is an optional challenge, but as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry!

And here’s what I made –

I started with making those little stamp die cuts. To create my own pattern paper for die cutting, I just took a plain white cardstock panel, stamped images using normal inks, then used a little water with a brush to spread the ink a bit. Doing that would blur the image so I stamped each image a couple of times more to add the definition back. Of course, since I was using my MISTI, restamping was easier. I used images from Hero Arts Flower Garden and Kaisercraft Butterflies stamps. I then die cut the panel randomly to get the stamp die cuts. I think the die was a free gift from a Winnie & Walter purchase.

I also used the same technique to stamp the big butterfly, also from Kaisercraft Butterflies stamp. I also added some details using a black fine liner pen and fussy cut it.

I first adhered the stamp die cuts on a grey card stock strip, trimmed it to size and used another strip of grid washi tape behind it and adhered it on the white cardbase. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms. I trimmed it and added a strip of rainbow colored foil washi tape behind it. After adhering this on the cardstock, I also adhered the butterfly on top.

And that’s the card! I’m joining the following challenges as well –

As You See It challenge #281

AAA Birthday card challenge #40: Anything Birthday Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More #436: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers August Birthday challenge

Step over to the Seize the Birthday blog to checkout how our Surprise Party Guest Karren J and our talented DT has cracked this sketch. And don’t forget to join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#991 – Alcohol Ink Seas

Hello and welcome!! We have a new challenge starting at Seize the Birthday and this time, the topping, chosen by our lovely teammate Glenda, is ‘Ocean Creatures‘. The toppings is optional, but as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

And here’s what I made –

Though I have only one ocean creature on my card, and a fantastical one to boot. Glenda, please don’t mind 😀

I first made that lovely background using alcohol inks using this press technique that Jennifer McGuire taught. An easy and quick way to get a fantastic look! I used a few normal shades of blue along with Silver and Gunmetal mixatives. I used Hndmd Alcohol Ink Paper for this. I felt that the effect was particularly great, since it looked like corals or splashes of water when the mermaid jumps into the sea. 😀

I then set it aside to dry for some time, and made the mermaid – or her tail – in the meantime.

Using the mermaid from Simon Says Stamp ‘Be A Mermaid’ stamp set, I used Verdigris ep to heat emboss it and then water-colored it with distress inks. After letting it dry, I fussy cut it. For the sentiment, I used a combination of stamps from Concord and 9th Tiny Tagalongs and Paper Smooches Alphadot. I then cut out a banner from one end, added a foiled washi tape to the other end.

To assemble, I trimmed the alcohol ink paper, adhered it on the white card base, then adhered the mermaid to the sentiment banner strip before adhering them both together on the card. I added a few sequins for embellishing.

And that’s my card! I’m joining these challenges as well –

Timeout challenge #208: Birthday

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #424: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout more inspiration from our talented DT and our lovely Surprise Party Guest from today, Deepti Aggarwal!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#904 – Seize the Birthday: 1, 2, 3!!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. And our fun teammate Glenda picked the topping this time, and it is ‘1, 2, 3’. Basically, you’ll need to use 1 die cut or punch, 2 colours (excluding neutrals), 3 embellishments (same or different) in your birthday project. But if you don’t want that, since the topping is optional, if your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

And here’s what I made –

I started with a white card panel. I added a soft blend of ink shades of pink and cloudy blue using makeup brushes. And then I used Altenew Halftone stencil and first laid it on one side of my panel and ink blended it with a darker shade. I then moved it to another side of the card panel, aligned it with the previously shaded dots, and added another darker shade – in fact, I switched to another shade of pink, since it wasn’t dark enough.

Then, I die cut the panel using one die from the Simon Says Stamp Crocus Flowers dies. I then ink blended the darkest shade I could on top. I also cut out a couple more die cuts from scrap cardstock. I then adhered the pieces together, while keeping one set of the negatives at hand.

Finally, I covered a piece of printing paper with double sided tape and adhered it underneath the stencilled panel. I then adhered by die cut on top, and then adhered my negative pieces, in place. I had to trim the panel a bit. I then foam mounted this panel on top of my white card base. I also added a ton of Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle brush pen for extra shimmer.

For the sentiment, I used the stamp from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Floral’s, stamped it on white cardstock, trimmed it to size. I then used some silver holographic foil washi tape – I recently bought a set of these, and oh wow, do I love them!! – which I adhered over some scrap cardstock, trimmed it and adhered my sentiment on top. This, I foam mounted on the card as well. Finally I used a couple of double colored sequins and a single white one to embellish the card.

And that’s my card. And I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Thinking of You

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Bastel Traum challenge #94: Background

The Flower challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Peddicord have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!