Hi there everyone. This is a card for a friend whose birthday I very nearly forgot so this was a bit last minute. I used a stencil from a set I bought at The Range and which is having it's first outing, and used my Brushos with it. This means I can enter my second card over at Darnell's Challenge where we have to use our NBUS, this means Never Before Used Schtuff, which I'm sure we all have ample supplies of.
I thought I would try the monoprint technique which involves inking up the stencil itself, spritzing it with water and laying over a piece of card so that in this particular instance the the rose shape would remain white whilst the rest would be inked. I tried this using and Ultramarine colour Brusho powder and this rose stencil, and then spritzed it with water, but unfortunately as this is quite a thin stencil the ink crept under quite a bit and the image wasn't terribly clear. I then did the same steps again after drying it, but it made it worse rather then better. I then thought I would add some colour to the rose itself by shaking the Brushos through the stencil before spritzing, but it didn't look that great. After drying it I turned the card over and the colours from the other side had bled throuth and given it quite a pretty look, so I thought this time I would just use the ink straight from the pad through the stencil to give it the look of a silhouette, using Memento Teal Zeal but I didn't like the finished colour, and adding water didn't improve it.
My last shot was to try using a Black Micron Pen through the stencil. Eureka! it looked better! I decided to leave it at that and this is the finished look. The black pen could have been smoother but with time running out I was not going to start again.
I hope you managed to follow all that without going to sleep....lol. I cut this out using a Crealies Nesting Die XXL No. 44 with dots, and then I cut the blue layer using the same set of dies, the largest die. I then dry embossed it using a Sheena Douglass Textures Embossing Folder Distress.
I finished the card by layering it up and cutting the white base card down to leave a small margin all the way round. I then die cut the sentiment twice, once from white card and once from blue and both backed with Stick It adhesive. I then layered the blue over the white and attached it to the card which helped it to stand out better from the background.
Thank you for taking a look today and I'll see you again soon.
I am entering the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge No. 12 - Anything Goes with NBUS. (The stencil is my NBUS item)
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 301/302 where we use up our snippets of paper and card etc. (I have used snippets of white and blue card and a further small piece of blue for the sentiment)
Dies R Is Challenge No. 82 - Life's Events.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday.
Wow Pat, this card looks amazing, would never had known it was such an effort to get it to look like this if you hadn't explained the process! I bet your friend loves it, Cathy x
WOW, Pat, your came went through many processes and turned out beautifully! Love the background peek-through~I'm going to try your 'technique' out soon :) Pretty rose stencil also!
What an absolutely glorious card Pat, beautifully designed and coloured, love your background, I'm sure your friend will love, Kate x
You are so adventurous Pat! I LOVE to hear how you came about a card design! Serendipity is a great thing isn't it? So glad you were able to rescue the piece and turn it into a real stunner! Have a great week my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
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I so enjoyed reading your post Pat...I do exactly the same, I'm not a quitter!! I keep going until I have solved it and even might not like it in the end but I 'have' to see I through. Thank you for explaining how you 'eventually' solved it. I love reading the process and the techniques. Your card turned out beautifully, pretty colours and the silhouette is perfect x. Thanks for the inspiration x
Fabulous background on this beautiful birthday card! I'm sure it will be treaured! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Life’s Events’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!
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It ended up beautifully, Pat! I really enjoyed reading the making of this card :)! Sometimes the card goes its own way!
Beautiful card! Such a lovely design!! So very pretty!
Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!
Well, it finished up as a beautiful look! Enjoyed reading about your efforts and am glad you persevered. I wouldn't have thought of some of the tricks you tried, but I bet a fat sharpie would work as well. I love the final look you achieved, and this is a lovely rose too. TFS & Hugs
I followed it all, Pat, and I commend you for keeping on and finding a way to make your card work beautifully! It's essential when time is short and it's very inspirational!! Thank you so much for playing again in my NBUS Challenge #12! Hugs, Darnell
Beautiful design.Thanks for joining us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for future challenges.
Wow .. lots of steps, Pat. Well worth the frustration, because this is really beautiful. Glad you persevered! xx
Fabulous card Pat and you certainly battled on to get such an amazing result.Well done!
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Beautiful card, Pat. I love the coloured background and the rose silhouette. Kisses, my friend.
Stunning card Pat. All your perseverance paid off. Super effect.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs Flo x
Great card. Love all the details. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday.
Fabulous card, love the background.
Wow... this is a beautiful card! Love that background! I have yet to use my brushos to make a background.. I need to!!! Thank you for playing along with us at Dies R Us!! Have a great weekend!
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