September 19, 2012

A Contemporary Birthday Greeting & Tutorial

Today I have an Artist in Residence Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko project.  This contemporary "grid-block" greeting was created with autumn tones, but the color palette can easily be altered for birthday wishes any time of the year.

Below are step-by-step instructions which are also available in this printable pdf format “here”.


Create a 3 7/8 x 5 ½-inch top-fold card from white cardstock and place on a protected surface.

Shake Bamboo Fireworks to mix thoroughly and unscrew the cap.  Dip a paintbrush into the bottle and “flick” the liquid onto the card for a bold, graphic splatter.  Set aside.

Cut a 2 x 3 ¼-inch piece of white cardstock and section off ½- inch squares using 1/8- inch wide strips of Eclipse Tape.


Load one end of the Ink Sweeper with the first color from the Kaleidacolor inkpad and apply the ink to the first square.  Turn the Ink Sweeper around and ink the other end with the second color from the Kaleidacolor inkpad and apply the ink to the second square.

Tip/Hint:  Using additional pieces of Eclipse Tape or scraps of paper to protect the other squares while inking is helpful.

Continue in this fashion until all the squares have been inked.  Three Ink Sweepers will be needed to for this project. 

Remove the masking strips and stamp a flower in each square using the corresponding colors from the Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Stamp one flower in Onyx Black for a contrasting design element.

Mat the geometric element with a 2 1/8 x 3 3/8-inch piece of white cardstock that has been edged with Pearlescent Rust Brilliance and an InkBlusher.  Attach the matted artwork to the front of the prepared card with dimensional foam.  Stamp the sentiment in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat emboss with clear powder.  Add a crystal gem to the flower stamped in black.

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Have a great day,

Penny Black Stamps: Sentiments 30-025
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor, Pearlescent Rust Brilliance, Bamboo Leaves Fireworks, Ink Sweepers, InkBlushers, Clear Embossing Powder
Judi Kins: Eclipse Tape
Other:  Dimensional Foam, Double-Sided Adhesive, Crystal Gem