Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hello crafty friends and visitors! My twins are turning 18 next week, and I've made a birthday card for my daughter that I would like to share with you today. This is my version of a CAS card, but loaded with mixed media techniques and texture. In some photos, like the one below, the card appears more on the bluer side, but it is shades of purple in real life. I took some of the photos under my OTT light, which makes the blues come out, and some were taken outdoors early this morning, before it got too hot.  Rather than go out again and drip sweat all over my card (it's 110 degrees heat index here), we'll just have to deal with the bluer version for some of the shots.

 I made this card purple, not because my daughter loves purple (now), but because my Mom (Grandma to my daughter) loves purple. Everything my daughter has ever made for or given her Grandma is purple. For several years she also declared her own favorite color to be purple, because it is Grandma's favorite. My Mom has also convinced me to love purple!

I didn't take any process shots, but I am listing the steps I took more for my own records than anything, so feel free to skip through. Products used: Media: Distress paint in Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire, white acrylic paint, guache-purple, Distress Spray stain in Wilted Violet, Golden Crackle paste, water, rubbing alcohol, Liquid Pearls. Dies: Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo and Handwritten Celebrate, Paper Artist Lacy Rectangle.  Other: Recollections damask stencil, Ranger manila card stock, white card stock.

1. Cut Ranger manila cardstock to size.
2. Apply Golden crackle paste through Recollections damask stencil and let dry.
3. Apply Distress paints to craft mat side by side and spritz with water until the colors bead up. I used Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire(very little).
4. Drag card through puddle and spritz card with water to blend.
5. Dry and repeat until happy with the look.
6. Apply guache in purple to craft mat and spritz with water for a puddle. Splash  on card and spritz with water to blend. Repeat until happy with color.
7. Dry
8. Remove nozzle from Wilted Violet spray stain and touch to edges of card. Spritz with water to get it to bleed down.
9. Dry
10. Gently sponge Wilted Violet Distress paint over raised damask pattern and around edges of card.
11. Adhere to white distressed card backing.

1. Coat white card with gesso; dry.
2. Apply Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac to card.
3. While paint is still wet, flick with alcohol, trying not to overlap wet areas if possible. The alcohol will make the paint spread out and create larger circles giving an organic look. You will get different effects with different substrates. (Country View: I have circles; they just may not be noticeable to the naked eye! Some are barely visible on the bottom most layer under the damask layer in the shot below.) Dry with a heat tool.
4. I did splatter some watered down white acrylic paint on the butterfly before embossing.


I used a special technique on the second layer of the butterfly, but I will save that for another post. It just didn't have the impact I was looking for on this particular card, so it got used for "fill".

 Well, that was relatively short compared to my usual lengthy posts! Here's one more shot of the card before we go!

I made my card especially for my daughter with these challenges in mind:
Scrapy Land Challenge #45-Anything Goes Dies by Sizzix and Paper Artist.
Frilly and Funkie-All in the Family Keeping the love of purple all in the family and celebrating a family member's birthday!
Country View July Challenge-Have Fun With Circles I know you may not be able to see my circles clearly, but please see my explanation in bold text above. There are also tiny circles formed by the paint splatter and Liquid Pearls.
Southern Ridge Trading Company-Anything Summer My kiddos celebrate their summer birthdays, and I've made one card so far.  Butterflies remind me of summer.
Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer My kiddos have their birthday this month in the summer. This is a birthday card for my daughter. butterflies also remind me of summer.

Thank you for your visit today and for all of your lovely comments. I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. So beautiful! I adore that fantastic background! Congrats on raising beautiful adults! WOW! I know that's hard to believe. You've done great. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Wow what impact this beautiful purple card has, it is so striking in those monochromatic shades and full of amazing techniques, I am sure your daughter is gonna adore it for her birthday xxx

  3. What a great celebration you will have...your card for your daughter is stunning...gorgeous shades of purple. The background has such lovely texture too Sara Emily, the damask stencil is beautiful. This is perfect for our have fun with circles challenge over at Country View. Even if the circles can't be seen in the lovely background to the naked eye, there are lots of circles with the liquid pearls and splashes. Fab, thanks for joining in with the fun xx

  4. Oooh, I love the bluish-purple. I kept calling it "wisteria"... your daughter will so appreciate it. Congrats on making it to 18 with twins! I'm a fraternal (with a sister), and I absolutely forgive my mom for her insanity because I don't know how she handled two teen girls at once! So, here's to you for making it through, and again, beautiful card!

  5. Beautiful purple card! I love how everyone is converting to purple fan's because of your mom! Gorgeous design and a very happy birthday to the twins who are now officially adults. :O Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie "all in the family" challenge this week!

  6. Happy early birthday wishes to your twins!! The card you've created for your daughter is purple perfection!! Wow!! The texture is amazing!! I love the background!! I can't wait to try the technique with alcohol inks!! What a gorgeous butterfly!! This is so stunning my friend!! I absolutely love it!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Scrapy Land (I miss you there!!) I hope the heat index gives you a break soon!! Have a wonderful Thursday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Wow - 18!! You really don't look old enough to have adult children! I have never been one for purple but I love it on this card, the tones are beautiful and the stencilling is fantastic. And then the butterfly - stunning! I might just have to get some purple out now and play..... Hugs, Anne xx

  8. PS. Happy Birthday wishes to your twins too! x

  9. Hi Sara Emily,
    Your card for your daughter is gorgeous! Those rich purples and luscious texture come together to a beautiful work of art. How wonderful that your daughter and mom have such a close relationship! I send birthday wishes to the twins!! Autumn lives in the upstate and I'm in Charleston. She mentioned you live in SC also. What do you think of the three of us meeting up sometime? Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  10. Happy Birthday wishes to your amazing twins, Sara! The card you have created for your wonderful daughter is a purple heaven! Woow, my friend, it's brilliant! Awesome stencilling work and a fantastic dimensional butterfly with fabulous white paint splatters and those liquid pearls! You really never stop amaze me with your spectacular art! A big round applause for this absolutely stunning card! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

  11. The butterfly adds so much dimension to a very unique card. This is so lovely. Thank you for taking time to share your creation with us in the #238-# 239 Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
    Blessings, Carole

  12. lovely work as always Sara - I adore purple! Thanks for joining the countryview crafts challenge this month! Hugs rachel x

  13. This is beautiful, Sara. Love the purple.

  14. PSS - I am back, again (!), to say thank you so much for joining in our Monochromatic challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xxx

  15. Wow, 18, what a journey it's been no doubt! Best CAS card ever! I just love the background, lots of interest without being too busy. The monochromatic theme works so well with CAS design and the butterfly is a lovely focal point. I'm sure your daughter will treasure her birthday card always!! hugs and happy weekend :)

    1. Just poking back in to say Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'All in the Family' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  16. Thanks you for a great tutorial - so easy to follow.
    Eighteen - what do you mean eighteen!!! You are not old enough to have a kid over 3!!!
    Beautiful card!
    sandy xx

  17. Fabulous card Sara Emily!! Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

  18. Stunning card and VERY GREAT TUTO!!!!!!
    Love the purple , and the butterfly is Gorgeous !
    Thanks for joining us at SCRAPYLAND Ƨhallenges blog , an good luck Sara !
    Have a great week end !

  19. Congrats on your twins turning 18! Your daughter will love that beautiful purple card and I loved your story :-) Your white frame on all that amazing purple texture is quite striking.
    You recently asked where my sister lives in NC. She's in Hudson, so closer to the mountains and not near the coast at all (though she'd love to be!)

  20. Fabulous ! Sara Emily. Gorgeous textural background embellished so simply and beautifully . Your daughter must have loved it . Hope she had a very Happy 18th Birthday.
    hugs x

  21. Gorgeous Stunning creation, I love the colours... Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner

  22. Fabulous card ! Thank you for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  23. A perfectly purple amazing card Sara! Happy belated birthday to your twins, hope they had a wonderful birthday! šŸŽ‚ Deb xo

  24. Stunning card. Beautiful butterfly. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this week. Judy DT

  25. Stunning shades of purple and love the white contrast.Thank you so much for joining in our Monochromatic Challenge at A Vintage Journey. Julia x


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