Sunday, September 6, 2020

Crackle Birthday for the Paper Players and Sunday Stamps

Hello friends, I hope you are doing well, staying safe and healthy!  It's time for new challenges at The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps and I've combined them both to make today's card.

For the Paper Players, the lovely Jaydee is hosting our theme challenge to make a masculine birthday card.


At Sunday Stamps we have a new Color Challenge with fabulous Fall colors!


I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week's theme is to "Stamp It!"

For my card, I decided to use this opportunity to make a card for our nephew's birthday later this month. 


I definitely went towards the grungy side with this one!  To begin, the Crackle Background stamp was inked up in brown pigment ink on a panel of Bristol, then sprinkled randomly with gold embossing powder, then the remainder was covered with clear embossing powder.  After setting with my heat tool and letting it cool I did some controlled "ink smooshing" to layer on three colors of Distress Oxide Ink, the new Crackling Campground, Speckled Egg and Walnut Stain, the last of which came out much lighter than I expected as it melded into the other two colors.  The panel spritzed with water then when dry, splattered with gold metallic paint.


While the panel dried, the leaves and sentiment were die cut, then I rimmed the edge of the leaves with gold paint.  The Cajun Craze base was created to be a 6" x 4.5" card.  The dried ink smooshed layer was trimmed down and adhered to a slightly larger panel of Early Espresso and added to the base with fun foam.  Next the leaves were adhered to the back of the die cut sentiment and mounted onto the base with foam tape.  Even though there's a lot going on in the background it still needed something, so I remembered I'd recently ordered some enamel dots and sure enough there was a color that matched perfectly.  Love it when that happens!


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  Be sure to use the links above to check out the amazing cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us at both The Paper Players and Sunday Stamps for these great challenges!

Stef


Stamps:  Crackle Background (SSS)
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso (SU), Ivory (SSS), Neenah Dessert Storm
Ink:  Versafine Clair Pinecone; Crackling Campfire, Speckled Egg and Walnut Stain DOX
Other:  Layering Leaves dies (MFT), Happy Birthday sentiment dies (SSS), Antique Gold embossing powder (Altenew), Ultra Fine Clear embossing powder (Hero Arts), Gansi Tambi Starry Colors Metallic watercolor paints, Warm and Cozy Enamel dies (Altenew)

17 comments:

Annie A. said...

Stef! I have this background and now I know what to do with it! Your card is GORGEOUS (I think it's ok to say that about a masculine card). Hugs, Annie

Sue Duffy said...

Love it!

Christine Blain said...

Wow! This is fabulous, my friend! The colours you’ve used are eye-catching, and the crackle background embossed in two colours looks fantastic. Love this card, Stef.

LeAnne said...

Wowza....this is amazing! I would never have thought to combine the two embossing powders on one image! I might have to give this a try. Your colors are fabulous too...it's a work of art!

Claire Broadwater said...

Steph, this is amazing! I would love a lesson in this technique! I love every detail on this card. The colors are just amazing on your background and I love the grungy feel! You rocked this challenge!!!!! Have a great week, My Friend!

Stamps-N-Lingers said...

Oh - this is too cool! Love the different embossing powders - wouldn't have thought to do that but it's genius! Your nephew will love this card so much! :)

Vicky Hayes said...

My goodness Stef, you've gone mixed media-tastic with this one! That background turned out so well and I love the way that bold die cut sentiment pops against it. Vicky x

Ann Schach said...

Wow, Stef! This background is stunning - a perfect backdrop for the bold sentiment! I just can't get over your crackling...LOVE it!!!

laurie said...

LOVE the crackle....awesome masculine card!

Roberta (Stampin'nana) said...

I love the rich shade of brown on your crackle stamp, but the added gold is Stunning and takes this card up a notch, Stef! Beautiful job with the grunge look~

Heidi Baks said...

Stunning!!

Allisa said...

Such a stunning background, love the touch of gold!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Oh my word Stef - that background is AMAZING!! I read you post in awe of how you created such a fabulous masterpiece, it really is a great example of how to take things up a notch on a masculine card. I love it!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Oh Stef, this is gorgeous! I love that beautiful background, especially with the little pops of gold detail. Absolutely stunning card!

stampwithamyk said...

Beautiful fall colors, love the crackled background. The leaves are perfect under your sentiment too! :)

Melissa Grant said...

Stef, this a beauty! You know how challenging it is to create a masculine and this is just perfect! Your nephew will love it!!

Annette Elliott said...

What a fabulous background, Stef! The touch of gold embossing with the clear really makes it pop. Such a cool technique- that I may have to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration! Your card is beauteous!! Have a great weekend!