Tuesday 15 March 2016

Happy Birthday Monochrome card.

It's one of those cards that could be used this way

or this way, depending on where you do the writing on the inside. This is a Hero Art background stamp and since I bought it I have fond myself using it more often with the blending of distress inks going from light to dark. In this instance I have blended from each end going towards the centre for the dark colour.
I originally silver embossed this on watercolour cardstock that is quite expensive and I regret not using it that way but it basically sat there unused for ages. A couple of times I picked it up to do something and changed my mind each time.

Then I thought about the challenge Seize the Birthday with the Challenge to split the panel and decided to use for that.
After I had coloured with the Distress inks I cut the panel top and bottom along the silver embossed line. I went back and ran the embossing pad along the cut lines to soft the edges with the Distress Ink.

I  added a layer of coloured vellum to the card base first and oiginally it was the correct size, but needless to say I picked up the wrong base, glued the vellum, thought ohh too big so trimmed then found I had grabbed the wrong card base and so the story goes. Moral of story:

Don't leave card bases laying around on desk when working because you are likely to
a) grab the wrong one,
b)get crap like glue/ink/ sticky residue  etc on the card base that makes it unusable,
c)waste ages looking for the right one
d) trim down the next layer so it ends up too small for the correct card
e)waste precious time doing fix ups 
f) end up throwing away precious stock like the last piece of purple vellum
g) then fish it out of the bin again and use it with a bit of blending to hid the white of the card.

Look at those wonderful colours with the silver embossing, I love it.

The outer section is attached flat to the vellum, the inner layer has dimensional tape attached to lift it slightly. I also attached the outer area a bit further away so you could see the vellum underneath that just works perfectly with it.
Final touch is a few different coloured/sized gems.
Was going to add a sentiment but didn't like anything that I put there. It just took away from the beauty of the front panels so sentiment of 'Happy Birthday' stamped inside.

Would like to enter this at :

Silver embossed Hero Art Background stamp.

Ok thats two posts today so I better stop. Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


lostinpaper said...

Oh my gosh, this is soooo elegant, it's almost regal Aileen!

Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh...... This looks amazing ,Aileen! Beautiful colors and shimmer! Wow!

Ruth said...

This is gorgeous! I love that background stamp - I don't have any but this is tempting. It is very elegant and I love the purple - wouldn't have known the fuss you had with the vellum until you told us! Lol! xx

Cara said...

It's so annoying when everything seems to go wrong, but you ended up with a stunning card. Initially I thought it was a foiled piece of cardstock that you'd bought it looks so good. Cara x

Wendy L said...

Definately fits our 'Purple' theme, thanks for joining in at MAWTT, xx

Mac Mable said...

Such a striking card, loving the embossing and such a stunning stamp. Thanks for the tips x

Wendy said...

So beautiful!.. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment :)
Wendy xx

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Gorgeous Aileen and done in my absolute favorite colors, love it, love it. So elegant and so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.


Kim Heggins said...

Stunning...just stunning and so elegant and gorgeous! Love your fabulous choice of colors too.

TaeEun said...

Beautiful card, Aileen! Love the purple and shimmer! I agree with your "don't card bases laying around". You are not alone with that issue:).

JoAnn said...

Beautiful and elegant. Love the embossing. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

Cindy C. said...

Another beautiful one!! Thanks for linking up at a2z!

Arlene said...

This is gorgeous. Another beauty.

So glad you joined us at a2z Scrapbooking.

Nancy said...

Another elegant card Aileen! Love the color choice too! Thanks for sharing your talents with us over at Seize the Birthday!

Macimbalo said...

Another beauty! Thank you for sharing these with A2Z!

Dawn T said...

another awesome card. Love the monochromatic colour. Thanks for playing iwth us at A2Z

creative lady said...

Another beautiful card! Thanks for joining a2z Scrapbooking!

Amy A said...

This is absolutely stunning! Love the embossing and the color gradient with the purple! Thank you for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies Challenge this month and Good Luck. We hope you join us again.

Amy- DT
{Lil Cutie Creations}

Chark said...

this is definitely a good stamp for you, so beautiful! glad you played along at a2z!

Ilina Crouse said...

Another beauty! Thanks for playing along with the A2Z challenge