Friday, 31 July 2015

#21 !

I've been in card making mode for the last few days as it was one of my nieces 21st birthday yesterday. I wasn't organised enough to get this post done in time for yesterday, but better late than never works for me !

For this card I wanted to do some more brayering using Fresco Finish paints. This technique is so easy and you get such a different result every time. Once I'd brayered a few colours, I knocked it back with some Chalk Fresco Finish as it was a touch too bright. I used Lin Brown stencils and stencilled the circle of dots using Blue Oyster then bumped the stencil slightly and used Taupe. The leaves are stencilled over Snowflake, which blocks the colour below, then I used Chartreuse, Hey Pesto and a touch of Green Olives. For the dotty flower stencil I used Snowflake.

 The large numbers on the TCW stencil is one of my favourites at the moment and when used with the bumping technique I think it looks amazing ! So I stencilled with Taupe first, then bumped the stencil and used Blue Oyster over the top. As it's an opaque colour there's no need to use Snowflake in between. I did some more dotty stencilling with another TCW stencil using Snowflake to start to bring the layers together.

 Next up was some scripty stamping using a Sara Nauman stamp with Watering Can Archival ink.

I took this opportunity to use some of the new Lin Brown stamps. The tree branch and cage are stamped with black Archival then I've painted the leaves and added some shading to the cage. The leafy stamps are done using Leaf Green Archival ink and I've added more colour to the leaves with some Green Olives Fresco Finish. 

 I seem to have taken the finished photo on a bit of a skew, but as the card's been delivered now there's no second chance !

I added some little white dots to the bird cage using a Sharpie pen. The poppy head flowers are also from Lin's new stamps and I stamped two onto Smoothy card that had been painted with Blue Oyster Fresco Finish. Then added some shading using Glass Blue. The top flower is stamped onto Canson watercolour paper and then painted with the same colours.

I needed an inspirational quote and I normally turn to Wendy Vecchi, and she didn't disappoint ! I thought this sentiment fit perfectly for my niece. The little corner piece is by Kaisercraft and I've painted it with Blue Oyster Fresco finish.

The # and the numbers were stencilled first of all onto Smoothy card and then cut out and glued into place. In this modern, digital era we are now in I thought this was appropriate !

I'll be back in the next few days with my second card, but it's a busy weekend as I'm off to London tomorrow to not only meet up with lots of crafty friends but also take a workshop with Wendy Vecchi herself ! Excited ?? Oh yes ! 


  1. Beautiful card Sue. Wonderful work with the stencils, so many designs I love! Have fun with your crafty friends tomorrow. hugs :)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Sue. LOVE how the stencilled numbers in the background echo the #21 in the foreground and those lovely large flowers balance the whole design beautifully. See you soon!!! Jenny x

  3. this is wonderful Sue - great inspiration - love it! Hugs rachel x

  4. Beautiful card Sue, your niece will be thrilled to get this work of art! Great tip to use the white under your stenciled image on the background, thanks for that and love the shadow created by the stencil bumping, must remember to give that a try. Your poppies are gorgeous and love the dimension of the #21. Have a wonderful trip to London and have fun in the Wendy V workshop you lucky girl! Deb xo

  5. Another stunning layered piece, Sue - a really special card for a special birthday.
    Alison xx

  6. Such beautiful layering, such a lucky recipient! Gorgeous! Ruth x

  7. SO effortlessly and beautifully you made such a gorgeous project
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