Monday 16 August 2010

Jo's Birthday Card

About a week ago it was my lovely buddy Jo's birthday.  As she is also a crafting buddy and one quarter of our Craft Stamping Quartet this card needed to be special.

Sometime ago Jo had admired a couple of cards I made using masking and blended Distress Inks together with overstamping so I decided to use this technique for her card.  I chose to use the Heidi Swapp hibiscus masks because I know they are one of Jo's favourite flowers.  Over the masked circle area I lightly overstamped with a beautiful script stamp from Elusive Images Antiquities plate.  I'd had this for ages and never realised how lovely and fine it is.


The moths/butterflies were stamped onto acetate and heat embossed, cut out and attached just by their bodies which I decorated with sticky backed pearls.  These came from the EI Butterfly Poppy Collage plate and I love them stamped on acetate because they are so delicate.  The sentiment is from another EI plate called Birthday Words.  The only thing I used which wasn't from Graphicus was the hanging vine stamp which is a Lavinia stamp.

I've shown you two shots of the full card because I did this card the night before I had to post it (talk about by the skin of my teeth) so I took the pics in a hurry the early next morning before dashing to the post office.  Now I can't make up my mind which is the better shot so I've included both, Lol!

Thank you for visiting and commenting if you have time.  Have a good week everyone.

Lesley  Xx


Suzi B said...

A truly beautiful card Lesley.. Jo must've loved it.

themessycraftroom said...

Gorgous, gorgeous card. I bet she was really thrilled with it. Stunning. Hugs xChrisB

PinksyDoodles said...

This is stunning Lesley. Thank you for describing the techniques you used to create it.
Clare x

veronica said...

Stunning card Lesley - your blending is fantastic and the colours are lovely and misty. Really had to look closely to see the script, but it does look good - must have a look for that plate

Debbie said...

Hi Lesley. This card is lovely. I think Jo would have been over the moon. The butterflies look so delicate. Debbie M

Sally H said...

Absolutely stunning, Lesley! I love the subtle colouring and those acetate butterflies are gorgoeus!

Elaine said...


This really is a gorgeous card, all the stamps work so well together and I love the understated colours - I am sure Jo was thrilled to bits.

Elaine xx

Janet said...

Beautiful and delicate. Jo will be so pleased to receive this.

Janet xx

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

You needed your card to be special and it certainly was.

I bet Jo thought it was wonderful.

How thoughtful of you go to so much trouble in using all of the things you know she likes.

What a special friendship!

Love Jules xx

Phree said...

Stunning card Lesley, very etherial. Love the soft colours and you have blended them beautifully. I bet Jo loved the card when she got it.

Unknown said...

Stunning card Lesley!



judith@poppy cottage said...

What a lovely card Lesley, the butterflies are so pretty, and that Hibiscus mask is fabulous. The understated colours are just right for this card, and the overstamping is lovely. Lucky Jo! Judith xx

Aquarius said...

What a lovely card - I'm sure she loved it especially as you used favourite flowers and techniques.

Val said...

Wow - such a special card Lesley. I love the soft colours - so pretty and the theme must be really special to Jo because you have chosen something she really loves.


Suzanne C said...

FABULOUS!!! LOve the overlays and masking too! Gorgeous! Love the acetate butterlies. (We both share that particular addiction. :)

Jo said...

Yes, you're all absolutely spot on. I feel very privileged to have this on my mantelpiece. Yes, it's still there and I don't plan on taking it down any time soon. The way Lesley uses colours with these masks are a bit of a trademark of hers. She has such a delicate touch. The butterflies are so delicate and I keep expecting them to flutter away. She always chooses techniques and images she knows I like. A card just couldn't be more personalised. Thanks, Lesley.

Purple Crazy said...

What a stunning card, I wish i was that clever, such talent. xx

Debbie Dolphin said...

oh I love this soooo stunning
love debbie xxx