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.
8. Remove nozzle from Wilted Violet spray stain and touch to edges of card. Spritz with water to get it to bleed down.
10. Gently sponge Wilted Violet Distress paint over raised damask pattern and around edges of card.
11. Adhere to white distressed card backing.
MASTERBOARD FOR BACKING, FRAME, BUTTERFLY, SENTIMENT
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".
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!