Skating by to say ‘happy birthday’!

I’ve been playing with my stencil collection quite a bit recently.  I love the resulting bright background but the trick seems to be not letting it overpower the focal point of my card.

To make the background I used a stencil and covered it in distress ink starting with picked raspberry then fossilized amber and then evergreen bough.  I spritzed the stencil with water and then pressed watercolor card stock onto the stencil.

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NOTE:  you can get different effects with this technique: by cleaning your craft mat after you spritz your ink covered stencil and prior to pressing the watercolor panel into the card stock you will get a ‘clean’ image; if you leave the excess ink on your craft mat that was laid down as you covered your stencil in ink you will get a ‘dirty’ image.  My background is an example of the latter.

I set aside the background to dry and stamped this cute little girl from Avery Elle onto Neenah card stock in Memento ink.  I colored her in with copic markers and trimmed her out using my Brother Scan n’ Cut.  I like to take my Memento marker and trace around the edge so the stamped image looks more finished.

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I trimmed down the watercolor panel and adhered it to a white A2 panel.  I stamped the balloon  stamps on vellum and heat embossed the image with black embossing powder.   I fussy cut the balloons and the colored them on the backside using copic markers.  I adhered the  girl and balloons to the watercolor panel. Lastly, I used my MISTI to repeatedly stamp the greeting on the card.

I hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for stopping by!

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