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Monday, 10 March 2014

Arty birthday card

Evening everyone and here is my latest blog post - an Arty Birthday card.

The brief I had for this card included 
music, eccentric, drawing & painting & bright colours.

I started by stamping the field scene using black archival ink and a stamp from HobbyArts  onto watercolour paper and painted it with watercolours. I then used a papermania die to cut the shape. I inked the edges with a combination of spiced marmalade and mustard seed distress inks.

I then used the same die & watercolour paper to stamp the musical stave. This is an old wooden stamp and I love it. No idea on the maker though (sorry) 

I then cut a piece of Centura Pearl card stock and cut 2 apertures using the same die, in the corners.

Then using various distress inks on the reverse side of the centura card stock, I blended them all together to create the first layer of the background.

I then got out my Paperartsy Stencils and spray inks to do the flower.
I actually like the fact that the inks bled slightly under the stencil so I didn't restart.
Once it was dry, I went round the outline with a micron pen.

I then used a stencil brush though the 'holes' to add extra interest. 

Finally, the 'mum' was stamped with Ali Reeve's Distressed alphabet  and the edges of the die cut inked with the same distress inks as before and the same stencil used for effect.
I then matted onto black card to make it stand out more.

I used the same stencil and matting technique on the insert. 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x 

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  1. Lovely card, great stamps and Fabulous colours - love it!

  2. Excellent card! Love the way you did the labels and colors.

  3. This is beautiful inside and out. The colours are stunning, especially the flower on the backing. I think it's great how you have used such contrasting styles but pulled them all together.

    <3 & hugs
    Lisa xxx

  4. This is fabulous! I love the background and the individual scene and music you have used. Beautiful insert too.
    Linda xxx

  5. Lovely card Cazz a lot of thought, time and effort went into it! Love Liz x

  6. Beautiful card Cazz and a great way to use the PA stencils. Not had time to ink mine up yet. I can see why you love the music stamp and the colours are gorgeious. I like the fuzzy edge from the spray and stencil too. Great take on the brief.

    Lesley Xx