Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Birthday

I have such fun playing along with the CASE Study challenges! Here's my entry for this week, inspired by the lovely card by Barbara Anders.

My card:

Happy Birthday

And here's Barbara's card:

As you can see I didn't deviate from Barbara's layout too much. I stamped the background using the 'stamping off' method - inking up the stamps, stamping first onto scrap paper, and then onto the project. It was time-consuming but it gave me the muted look that I wanted. After I finished stamping I found that I didn't have a ribbon to match the green that I used (Olive Versacolor) so I used my Marine Green Prismacolor pencil to make the stems and leaves a bit darker and tend toward the yellower side of green.

After I added the vintage brass-toned brad to the centre of the tissue paper flower I realised that the background flowers needed the same treatment - so I got out my Dark Umber Prismacolor pencil and filled all of the centres in.

This was also my first foray in the world of Distress Ink. I think I have to learn to be a bit more free and easy with it though, as I put the tiniest little bit on my sponge and had to keep going back to the stamp pad.

Size of card: 6 x 4 (top folding)

Card/paper - Quill white cardstock, Bazzill cardstock "Pine Needle"
 Stamps - Flower: Tiffanys - We R Memory Keepers, Stem: Basic Grey mini stamp set - Thanks, Hero Arts "Classic Sentiments"
Ink - Distress Ink "Old Paper", Versacolor cubes in Scarlet, Olive and Bamboo
Extra - Kaisercraft green grosgrain ribbon, Prismacolor pencil: Marine Green, Tissue Paper Flower [see tutorial here], Paper Studio brad.
Tools - Carl rotary trimmer, Helmar glue runner, scissors, glue dot, decorative scissors

Challenge: CASE Study Challenge No. 9

Thanks for looking!


  1. What a lovely card, Jess :) I love the soft colours, beautiful stamping, and that funky tissue flower! Thanks so much for playing with us this week!!!

  2. Absolutely beautiful, that flower is a stunner.

  3. What a beautiful flower - it looks so delicate!
    Thanks for playing along with us on CASE study!

  4. Very pretty! That red flower is absolutely striking! Thanks for playing along with us at CASE Study!

  5. Great job with the sketch! I hope I find time to play along with this one, too.

  6. Oh my so lovely :)

  7. Very pretty - love the repeating flowers. :) Thanks for playing along with the CASE study blog - it's so much fun to be their sponsor this week!


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