Wednesday 30 May 2018

Music Speaks

Hi there.  This is a birthday card that I made for our DS in Australia and which he has received luckily in time for his birthday today, so I can show it here.  The postal service in Australia can be a bit random, and even when you allow lots of time things still sometimes arrives late, luckily not so this time.  I used a Visible Image stamp called Music Speaks and one of their stencils called Strobes.

I found a snippet of white card and coloured it with Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide inks and some Blueprint Sketch DI around the edges, using my gelli plate to mix the colours on and then spritzed with water before laying the card over to transfer the colour.  I wanted there to be a circular shape of lighter colour where I knew the guitar would be placed.  I then stamped the music stamp twice using Hickory Smoke DI as I didn't want it to stand out too much.  I then placed the Strobes stencil over the top and ran it through my machine to emboss it and added some silver gilding wax to the embossing.  I'm afraid that catching the shine is really difficult, but in real life it certainly glints in the light. 

I found another snippet of white card and stamped the guitar using Blueprint Sketch DI and then using a silver glitter pen I highlighted the words and the pegs, and then fussy cut it out.

I then stamped the words with the Blueprint Sketch DI on to a further snippet of white card stamping each work individually by masking the other words off when inking, and blended a little more of the same colour just to take the whiteness off the card.  I then added the die cut Happy Birthday and the matted layer using some mor snippets of dark blue before sticking it on to the white 6" square card.

Thank you for looking at my blog today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 327 where we use our snippets of card, paper etc.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Masculine.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  - Anything Goes.


Heather said...

Pat, I am in full agreement with the following:
'The postal service in Australia can be a bit random'
This can be a wee bit of a frustration for me but I am not the best at mailing things on time to start with so I am doomed to failure.
I love your background for this card; works perfectly with the guitar.

Mac Mable said...

So glad the wonderful card arrived on time. Love how you radiated the colours from the centre and the stencil used as dry embossing looks great x

Sandra said...

Wonderful card, love the gorgeous background and the guitar is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous card Pat, love the colours and the musical themed elements, Kate x

MaryH said...

Love the 'inner glow' behind this fab guitar. I enlarged the picture after reading about the music score, and it shows up so pretty in the larger pic. I love the way you've embossed those rays coming out from the golden glow, and this is just a gorgeous birthday card. Well done. (thx for the gelli mixing tip too!)

Loll said...

Fantastic design Pat! LOVE that gorgeous background from your geli plate. Looks even more amazing with the beautiful embossing and gilding. Your guitar is awesome. Bet your DS LOVED his card. Happy BD to him! xx

Di said...

Just fabulous Pat! You really are so artistic. And using your Gelli plate as well, sigh, mine id abandoned as a total failure I'm afraid.


Di xx

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Your card is so cool - love your Amazing bg!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! /Karin

Mrs A. said...

That strobe effect background looks great with the guitar. I used to take part in a swap each month to Australia but had to stop as my cards were taking so long to get to my recipients that the reveal dates were long gone . Hugs Mrs A.

Karen Dunbrook said...

such a super cool looking how you did the bkg.
xx Karen

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Pat, your gelli print looks fantastic, I'm holding back on buying one of these as I have so many other things bought and not used...yet lol! It's disappointing to hear the mail is so bad getting here. I bought a few things from Hobbycraft in the UK and was amazed that they arrived in about 2 weeks. I'm up in northern NSW in the country too, so not in a city. Cathy x