March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday

This birthday card started out with inspiration from the artwork on the Penny Black Blog header along with...

....this week's challenge of backgrounds.

I began by randomly stamping Butterfly Suite on white cardstock with Bamboo Leaves ink.  Over the stamped design, I rubbed in Mustard Seed and Broken China Distress inks.

Before proceeding to the next step which involved heat embossing, I dusted the cardstock with an anti-static pouch so the embossing powders would release cleanly.  To test that the static had been removed, I poured embossing powder on top of the cardstock and tapped it off.  There was a tiny bit that was still clinging to the paper which I wiped off and then dusted the cardstock again with the anti-static pouch.

Special Time (birthday sentiment) was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Lace-Edged was stamped with VersaMark Watermark ink and heat embossed with white powder.  At the end of the project, Crystal Stickles were added.

The butterfly was stamped twice on watercolor paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  The images were water colored and then trimmed.

The smaller wing is positioned on top of the full image and glued in just a few places.  This allowed room to insert a small stylus and plump up the image.  Only the antennae of the butterfly were stamped on the base of the card.  

I added a small purple strip under the left side of the matted image which was stamped with the music notes from Butterfly Suite with Grape Jelly ink.  Not much shows, but it adds a nice bit of visual interest.

I had a bit of distressed cardstock left after trimming my original design, so I made this little embellishment for the inside of the card.

For other background design ideas, you can see Denise's fabulous work on the Penny Black Blog here.  She was the creative hostess for this week's background challenge.  

Enjoy using backgrounds to set the stage for your designs.  


Penny Black Stamps:  Butterfly Suite 4182K, Lace-Edged 4154K, Special Time 4174H, To You 30-067, Flower Amongst Flowers 4155L
Penny Black "Mix & Match" Cardstock:  Storm 01-003, Sea Breeze 08-001, Fuchsia Fantasies 13-003
Canson:  Watercolor Paper
Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, VersaMark Watermark, Grape Jelly Memento, Bamboo Leaves Memento, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Jumbo Sponge Daubers
Ranger:  Broken China Distress, Mustard Seed Distress, Crystal Stickles
Tombow: Permanent Stamp Runner Adhesive, Dual Brush Pens
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam Tape