I had two family occasions that I needed cards for recently. The first was my sister's 50th birthday (today) and the second was the birth of our second Great Niece on the 19th March. The cards were made using similar methods, so I have decided to include them within one blog post; even though they look completely different.
Each card topper measures 16.8cm x 16.8cm and was made from Sheena's stamping card, matted onto a piece of navy blue or black card (17.3cm x 17.3cm) and stuck to a pre made white card blank (17.8cm x 17.8cm).
To begin, one of the Claritystamp Framework stencils was used and colour added (using Distress Oxides) through each of the nine apertures. For the birthday card I used Twisted Citron/Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers/Broken China and Salty Ocean/Mermaid Lagoon through the round stencil. For the new baby card I used Shaded Lilac/wilted Violet, Tattered Rose/Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry/Seedless Preserves through the square stencil. The Oxides were given a light spritz with water each time before the stencil was removed and the topper dried thoroughly with a heat gun.
On the birthday card, I then added some leaves using a stamp from the Leaf Print set (Tim Holtz / Stampers' Anonymous) in Garden Patina Archival Ink.
For the next step, I used letters and words from the Word Chain Alphabet (Willow Elizabeth)/ #3 (Birthday) / #10 (Precious, Baby, Girl) and #14 (Happy) to add sentiments. Versamark ink was used each time, together with Gold or Silver EP. The '50' is from the Numbers stamp set. All these stamp sets are from Claritystamp.
Next, I added images using Archival ink. For the birthday card, I stamped silhouettes from the Wee Folk 1 and 2 sets in Cobalt and for the new baby card, Two of the stamps from the Baby Girl set by Serendipity stamps in Deep Purple.
The matting and layering helped the colours to pop.