Monday, 30 July 2018

7th Birthday Card

I am really grateful for the inspiration given by Dee Paramour in the leaflet which came with this month's offering from the Claritystamp New Design Stencil Club.  I have used the same techniques, but have altered the colours and some of the stamps to create a 7th birthday card for my Great Niece.  I even managed to get in a reference to her name!
As I chose a piece of paper and matching parchment from the Rainbow River collection, I chose Artistry inks to match: Tenacious Teal, Blue Chase and Elegant Emerald.  The balloon stencil was attached to piece of Claritystamp 7" x 7" stencil card and Tenacious Teal and Blue Chase inks blended through using Clarity stencil brushes.
Elegant Emerald ink was then applied using scrunched up cellophane to add some texture, then the stencil was removed.
I made a mask for the balloon and string using a roll of stamp mask paper and laid it into place.  The fern stamp from the Entwined Hummingbirds stamp set (Claritystamp) was then inked up using the Tenacious Teal and Elegant Emerald inks and foam blending tools.  This was stamped multiple times and the mask removed.
I used a fine, black Posca pen to add definition to the stencilling.
The butterfly from the Gerbera & Butterfly set (Claritystamp) was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the middle of the dull side of a piece of parchment from the Rainbow River set and also onto a piece of paper from the matching pad.  The centre of the parchment was then die cut using one of the Tonic Studio square nesting dies, leaving an outer frame intact. 
In between other tasks, I used a large Pergamano embossing tool and soft embossing mat to add white work to the back of the parchment butterfly.  Having allowed the parchment to rest, I repeated with a slightly smaller Pergamano ball tool. 
The stencil card was matted onto a piece of black card and added then the parchment frame was added with the vibrant side facing upwards.  Once trimmed, the whole piece was added to a pre made 8" x 8" white card blank.

Using tiny buttons from my stash in matching colours, I added the number '7' to the card.
The parchment butterfly was cut out minus the antennae and the paper butterfly fussy cut with the antennae.  These were layered up, with the parchment layer on top,  joined only along the body using narrow, strong double sided tape, then added to card, gluing only along the body to allow the wings to be shaped.

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