Sunday, October 17, 2021

Autumn Birthday

Hello and welcome!  For my 2nd post today, I'm sharing a card that started as an experiment and it turned out pretty well, so I am sharing it with the challenges below.  (If you're looking for my Sunday Stamps DT card, you can find it here)

The Four Seasons Challenge is new to me and I love the concept!  Of course it is the brainchild of Diane and Darlene from the Double D Challenge and Peace on Earth Christmas challenge and looks like it is equally as successful.  

So, on to my card.  A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to score the Tim Holtz Halloween Distress Mica Stain Sprays trio (unfortunately it was a limited time offer - they are now sold out but the regular Distress Stain and Distress Oxide sprays are still available) and I decided to experiment with them and here's one of the results.

I began with a sheet of Stonehenge Black Watercolor paper and a leaf stencil.  I used 4 different colors of sprays and let them mix a little bit but not too much so one can see the orange, green, yellow and a little bit of the brown.  This is the first time I've used sprays through a stencil and I love the texture and kind of artsy finish.  It's really impossible to capture the sparkle from the sprays on black but it almost has a velvet look to it.  After the panel dried, I trimmed it down to fit on a mini slimline card.

Finishing the card was pretty easy.  The sentiment was die cut three times from black cardstock and once from gold matte cardstock, then layered together and adhered to the vellum shadow.  I also cut two thin strips of the same gold paper and added it to the top and bottom of the leaf panel before adhering to a black card base.  The vellum sentiment shadow had double sided adhesive on the back so it was easy to adhere to the front of the card.  The last little touch was to add some gold satin baubles.  While they are a different shade of gold than the gold cardstock, it seemed to mesh nicely with the background colors.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!  I hope you're having a good weekend.  Take care!


Stamps:  None
Paper:  Black, Matte Gold (Simon Says Stamp), Stonehenge Black Watercolor, vellum
Ink:  Jack O'Lantern, Flickering Candle, Bubling Cauldron and Crooked Broomstick Distress Mica Stain Sprays
Other:  Tim Holtz Autumn stencil, Big Happy Birthday dies (SSS), Trinity Stamps Gold Satin Baubles


Chris Dring said...

Those sprays look amazing on the black background! What an fabulous looking card!

Glenda said...

Such a beautiful card and I love the cut out sentiment! Thanks for joining us at the Four Seasons Challenge!

Diane said...

Beautifully created card and love the outcome of the sprays! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
Diane FS DT {Nellies Nest}

I Card Everyone said...

Stef, this gorgeous birthday card would make anybody be happy about being one year older!! Even ME!!
Loving the look of these sprays on black - now I must remember to try it for myself!
Thanks for sending this beauty to us at Inspired By!
[and congrats on the Top 3 at Peace on Earth!!]

Lindsey said...

This experiment had a beautiful outcome! The leaves are gorgeous on the black. Thanks for linking up with us at Seize the Birthday!

Lisa Elton said...

Those leaves are so pretty mingling among that black background! What a marvelous card, Stef. Thanks for joining us at IB!

Darlene said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

Please stop in for a visit!

Cindy Beach said...

WOW! Stef this is gorgeous! The details and shine are fabulous!

Danni Reid said...

GORGEOUS card, I love all the spray against the black! Thank you for inspiring us @IB this week!