Right here we go with my first proper blog post for this year.
This is my first birthday card design of the year. I had two birthdays very close together in the past week so I made the same design twice but changed the quotes on the front. I forgot to take a pic of the alternative one. The beautiful tree stamp is a 'cover the page' stamp from Impression Obsession and in this case the quote is one from an Alison Bomber set for PaperArtsy. I love the beautiful quotes Alison has brought to us via these stamps and I can't wait for February when she has some new sets coming out with the new PaperArtsy releases.
Before stamping the trees I used a dusting brush to add some Distress Ink colour to a piece of script designer paper. I wanted to give the impression of hazy winter sunlight filtering through bare trees. I inked the edges and layered up onto the base card before stamping and cutting up the quote and added it to the top.
Now for something I haven't done much of at all....journalling! A friend pointed out that France Papillon was starting a new challenge on her blog, A Layer A Day/A Spread A Week (ALAD/ASAW) so a couple of us decided to have a go. If you want to know the details have a look at France's blog but I have to say I found it extremely difficult to only do one layer then walk away till the next day. Once I get in a crafting mood I want to keep at it whilst it's flowing but I'll give it another go this week hopefully and see how I get on.
I did take about three pics with my phone of the different layers but for some reason I couldn't get them to download this morning 😞 . I started off with a couple of pages I had already stamped a rose onto with two colours of Distress Oxides, left over ink from a previous project. Over that I randomly stamped a fab script stamp I bought recently by ALL&Create (from That's Crafty) then I gave it a patchy wash with gesso.
Next came Grunge Paste through an Imagination Crafts mixed media stencil. Love this stencil as it has different shaped 'holes' making a random design. Next layer was PaperArtsy Infusions which I allowed to run and drip plus an old Crafty Notions white spray and some shimmery Glimmer Mists.
A couple of words from a Seth Apter stencil and stickers, a few touches of Treasure Gold and a light application of black ink to the edges finished the actual pages then I stamped a Tim Holtz butterfly twice onto a scrap of brusho'd card, cut them out and stuck them to the pages.
Right that's it for today! Hope it's not too long before I have something else to share. Thanks for dropping by today.