This week I've taken the sketch to create a birthday card for my darling, sweet son who will be turning 8 (gasp!) in March. Here is the sketch we're working with:
I always seem to struggle a bit when there are circular elements on a card. I'm not entirely sure why but I sometimes feel that I don't have the right 'something' to add there - besides your basic circle. I like to try and think outside of the creative box so to speak but THIS week I've had no trouble because I have the fantastic "Free With $60" Mini Delicate Doilies Die-namics that I received from MFT with my $60 purchase. I mean really...how can you go wrong?!! The answer is...you CAN'T!! They are beautiful!!!
But first, let me back up. I just took Jennifer McGuire & Friends - Stenciled class so I wanted to try out a new technique. I started with the funky aqua/yellow background piece you see on the left side of the card. I used watercolor paper and a Heidi Swapp stencil that I purchased at Michael's. It's the only one I own...for now. I've never been big on stencils, mainly because I didn't really know what to do with them, which is why I took the class. But I digress. I taped my stencil down onto the craft sheet with my watercolor paper underneath. I chose watercolor paper because of its weight but I also wasn't sure if I was going to mist this in anyway so I figured I'd give myself the option. I first sponged on Hero Arts Butterbar ink and then shifted the stencil a bit to the left and sponged Hero Arts Tide Pool ink. When I lifted it I got this cool mix of the two making it look almost like a blurry polkadot image. Way fun. I then inked the amazing MFT Typewriter Text Background in Hero Arts Navy ink over top of my stenciled background. I adore how the text really jumps off of the panel with the bright colors behind it.
My next step was to create the very back panel. I chose navy cardstock the MFT Woodgrain Background inked with Unicorn White Pigment ink. It came out tremendous!! I coated the white ink with white embossing powder and heat set it. My son wants a jungle theme party so I love how the woodgrain almost has the look of zebra print to it!! Perfect!!
I was so thrilled to use the"Free With $60" Mini Delicate Doilies Die-namics as the circular element! I used heavy watercolor paper to cut this out with which held together really well as I wanted to keep all of the cut pieces in to have it maintain a solid look.
I then set to work on the main panel. I call my son my "sweet boy" so this all came together perfectly using two different sets to create this focal point. I used Birthday Sentiments and LJD's On The Line. I first stamped the 'make a wish' in black Hero Arts ink. Followed by the 'sweet' in Red Royal Hero Arts ink and lastly the 'boy' in HA Tide Pool Ink. I then used the little candle from the On The Line set in a rainbow order to fill in the bottom.
I stitched around all of my panels using white thread adding a little zig zag on the Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers. I then stitched around my main layer using red thread to make it pop. As a last touch I added a sprinkle of gold sequins adhered with a tiny dot of Glossy Accents.
I love how it turned out and I think he will too!! Now I just have to tuck this away until March!!
Thanks for coming by today!!