We have a beautiful photo to inspire you this month and we welcome Rachelle Oltean who is our guest designer for August.
We also have a special sponsor for August – Varada Sharma Digitals – and I’ve used her “A Corner in My Garden” slimline digi on my card. The winner of the August challenge will receive a $10 voucher to spend on Varada’s digi’s.
This is also my last card as a design team member and I’ve loved the two years I’ve had on the team. Such a great bunch of ladies.
Varada Sharma Designs A Corner in My Garden slimline digital stamp
Arty Stripes stencil
Bunting Sentiments stamp
ZingGreen and Blue metallic embossing powder
RangerGold embossing powder
I wanted to incorporate the look of the ruffles into my background so I used a striped stencil and ink blended with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean onto the card base.
So I probably made this part more complicated than what it needed to be but I had to change a bit as I was creating. I knew I wanted to use vellum that I coloured on the backside with copics.
I printed out the digi stamp on my laser jet, once onto cardstock and twice onto vellum. My trusty Brother Scan n Cut came to my rescue for the fussy cutting as I simply scanned the image and got the machine to cut the vellum images out. I also used my scan n cut to cut out the correct size slimline card layer.
I worked out how I wanted to layer the flower cluster and coloured them appropriately.
Leaves adhered directly to cardstock – Snipped off the leaves leaving the two flowers joined
Yellow flower – one layer popped up
Pink flower – two layers
bottom layer is coloured with pink copics
top layer I just coloured the central part in the darker pink
Once the flowers were coloured I heat embossed the centres of the flowers.
I adhered all the vellum pieces using small dots of glossy accents. I didn’t want the individual pieces to be glued completely to the base. The flowers were just adhered at the centres using glue dots.
Before I adhered the cut out slimline shape to the card base I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Birthday onto the card base in blue.
I also ink blended lightly around the edges of the white background of the flower cluster layer with Salty Ocean. In the photo inspiration there is a tablecloth with flowers so I added small dots to represent this on the background…and with that I was done.
I love how this card turned out and I hope you’ve been inspired to join us in this months challenge.
This month we’re shaking up our card shapes so think outside the square…or rectangle! Welcome to our guest designer this month, Trina P. Pop on over to the AAA Birthday Blog and see Trina’s fabulous shaped card along with the rest of our amazing design team. We hope you’ll be inspired to join us.
A quick blog post today as I’m trying to get this entered before the deadline for the current Inspired by Challenge – Cele-bear-ate. I wanted to use up some of my patterned paper so took this opportunity to do just that. My inspiration was simply the bear and using the stripes and lines from the inspiration bear.
Welcome to a new year…2021…and a new round of monthly challenges.
Congratulations to our guest designer this month – Melanie. Pop over to the AAA Birthday blog to see what Melanie has designed for her guest spot for this months challenge and be inspired by the rest of the Design Team cards. We also welcome our new design team members, Bhavya, Maaike, Nonni & Valerie. So exciting to have you join us.
First up we would like you to stencil a background. There are so many different ways to use a stencil; dry emboss, texture paste, ink, paints, glitters, embossing ink and powders – the list goes on and on… I’ve used a very cool turnabout stencil by Concord and 9th and I love how it turned out.
Australia has been in my thoughts alot lately due to the wild fires threatening so much of the country. This card is quintessential Aussie to me. It is made using products from the fabulous Uniquely Creative Stamp company .
Used images from two stamp sets – Good Onya for the Kangaroo and Eucalyptus Branch for the eucalyptus. I stamped them on alcohol friendly cardstock (I use a either Spectrum Noir or Hammermill cardstock) and coloured them with copics.
Diecut images with matching dies.
I knew I wanted to have a subtle background so once I had laid out the coloured images on a square card base I was able to work out where I was going to stamp the background leaves.
The branches are then stamped with Altenew Inks.
Once stamped I then adhered the images with dimensional foam tape.
Ink blended three Distress Oxide ink colours – Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold – over Strathmore Bristol Cardstock and cut out Mama ElephantHooray word die.
I scanned the die cut with my Scanncut and created an offset cutting file to create the shadow background. You could also do this my hand. I cut this out of Moonstone vellum and adhered the die cut to the vellum with Glossy Accents.
This is my latest card that I’ll enter into the Color Throwdownchallenge #554. I’m really enjoying incorporating stickers from a recent purchase but also making my own embellishments with what I have already in my supplies “a la scrapbooking” style.