Seize the Birthday Anything Goes

Hello there!  I’m here today with my next guest post for Seize the Birthday.  It’s a super easy one with Anything Goes… so no optional topping this fortnight!

 

 

I wanted to use this newly purchased Butterfly Gown stencil… so pretty, don’t you think?  And here is my card.

 

 

The side strip was created with the stencil monoprint technique.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Bristol paper.  Masked the right side, leaving a panel down the left.  Next, applied Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks directly to the back of a Flourish stencil.  Generously spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto the Bristol panel.  A paper towel was used to absorb excess water, completing the stencil monoprint.

 

 

For the image, Black Soot distress oxide ink (DOx) was pounced through the gown stencil with a mini blending tool, and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Stamped the sentiment with Tumbled Glass distress ink and then adhered the panel to a white card base to finish.

 

 

I had a couple of stencil monoprint pieces from a retreat back in May that I turned into birthday cards for a couple of crafty friends last month.  A really fun easy technique.

 

Supplies: Funky Fossil Floral Beauty stencil, WPlus9 Birthday Wishes stamp set, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DOx inks

 

Supplies: Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil, Paper Smooches Happy Birthday stamp set, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron DOx inks

 

That’s all from me for today.  Find more inspirations HERE from the design team at Seize the Birthday.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — August Challenge Stencil Monoprint (+stamping+stenciling+heat embossing+glitter+masking+diecutting)
Always Happy Birthday — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
STAMPlorations Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge Stamp and Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Snippet Christmas Card

Happy Monday everyone!  Had family visiting this past weekend, so I was not expecting to post anything today, BUT then I saw the challenge 58 card to CASE over at Muse: Chustmas Visions .  It reminded me of a monoprint background piece I did last week with my friend Christine. As I mentioned in my butterfly post, I was not having any luck using my Color Bursts powder inks for the monoprint technique. Well, Christine came over with her Brushos (another brand of powder inks), and with her help I produced this background.

 

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

 

I followed the same steps as I did before, except instead of applying distress inks to the back of the stencil, I sprinkled black Brushos all over, ensuring there is a good amount in and around the open areas of the stencil. I think that was where I went wrong the first several attempts with Color Bursts.  I spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto a piece of watercolor paper.

 

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

 

So that background piece was already completed from last week.  I just took it from my snippets stash, trimmed it down and then applied some Whisper White ink to the bottom 1/3.  I dried it with my heat tool.  The card I was CASEing had 3 different deer on it, but I only had 1 deer die. So to achieve a slight variation in deer size, I die cut one from Smoky Slate cardstock and 2 from some scrap black fun foam.  I then took my heat tool to those black fun foam pieces and shrunk them slightly.  I should have taken a pic to show you the difference.  I trimmed their antlers slightly as well.  I layered the background panel onto a 5-1/4″x4″ piece of white cardstock and then an A2 piece of Basic Gray cardstock.

 

Monoprint Christmas card created for challenges Muse: Christmas Vision 58, CAS Mix Up Sprays and Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 243.

 

To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the greeting with white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock, backed it onto a piece of white cardstock and then adhered it to the card front with mounting tape.  I love non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards, so this is exactly up my alley as far as Christmas cards are concerned.

 

UPDATE: I remembered now where I saw this idea for a card.  I need to credit my card idea to the super talented Loll Thompson who created these gorgeous cards HERE   She even has a technique video tutorial HERE.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Muse: ChristmasVisions – Challenge 58 Cornelia Wenokor
CAS Mixup – August Challenge Sprays
Pixie’s Snipoets Playground – Week 243

 

 

 

Flutterby Monoprint

Hello everyone.  I have been wanting to try the stencil monoprint technique so with this month’s CAS Mix Up Challenge being sprays, I finally gave it a try.  Initially, I attempted this technique numerous times with Color Bursts powder inks, but I was unsuccessful at achieving anything decent.  I ended up using good old distress inks.

 

Stencil monoprint card for challenges: CAS Mix Up August 2016, Cards in Envy Wings, QKR #203 Things with Wings, STAMPlorations CAS Gold and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending.

 

For this technique, I cut a piece of  watercolor paper larger than an A2 size.  I was planning to die cut it with a stitched rectangle die afterwards and a larger size makes it easier.  Next, I took the butterfly stencil and applied Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks randomly to the backside of the stencil.  Then I sprayed enough water on the stencil until the water beads up.  I picked up the stencil and flipped it over and placed it on top of the watercolor paper.  I took a piece of paper towel and pressed down on top to absorb any water that seeps out.  And that’s it for the technique. I left it to dry while I completed the card.

 

Stencil monoprint card for challenges: CAS Mix Up August 2016, Cards in Envy Wings, QKR #203 Things with Wings, STAMPlorations CAS Gold and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending.

 

To avoid covering up the beautiful watercolor monoprint background, I stamped the sentiment on vellum with VersaMark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I die cut the vellum with a stitched strip die, but for some reason the stitch detail did not transfer over to the vellum very well.

 

Stencil monoprint card for challenges: CAS Mix Up August 2016, Cards in Envy Wings, QKR #203 Things with Wings, STAMPlorations CAS Gold and STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending.

 

I wanted the centre butterfly to stand out a little more, so I lined up the stencil and used a VersaMarker to fill in the butterfly.  I then heat emboss that one butterfly with white embossing powder.  To finish, I added a few gold sequins and mounted the panel with fun foam to a top folding white card base.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up – August 2016 Stamping + Sprays + Your Choice (die-cut, heat embossing)
Cards in Envy  – Wings
QKR Stampede – Challenge #203 Things with Wings
STAMPlorations CAS Challenge – Anything Goes with Option Gold
STAMPlorations Anything Goes – Never-ending