The first challenge I’m doing today is from Simon Says Stamp. The theme is ‘Winter Birthday’.
I found this one quite hard because I really didn’t want to make the card ‘Christmassy’!
I decided to do the whole card in white; this way I can also combine it with another challenge at Sweet Stampin’ where the card has to be white on white (a small amount of colour is allowed on the image or text) and another one at Time Out where the theme is also white on white and winter!
I used an embossing folder on the background and a different embossing folder on a pearlescent white paper rectangle; since the card is going to be quite plain I want to get as many textures as I can.
I then cut out a frame using a stitched rectangle die and also a Polaroid-style frame using a die.
Inside the frames I stamped my characters. The Simon Says Stamp challenge is also showcasing Lawn Fawn products and they were optional to use in the challenge. Since I was killing many birds with one stone I figured I might as well use a Lawn Fawn stamp: so I used the owl & branch stamps from ‘You’re A Hoot’.
I then cut out my sentiment 6 times and glued them on top of one another. I also cut out a mini balloon that comes with the sentiment die and did the same.
I decided where I was going to put everything and then I heat embossed the owl using antique linen distress ink and clear pearl embossing powder ; I did the same with the branch except I used vintage photo distress ink. I topped the balloon with Glossy Accents.
At this point I went a bit crazy and stamped some stars onto the background of the Polaroid; the stamping wasn’t my best and ended up a bit smudged so to rectify this, I coloured the stars in with a metallic silver Sharpie. After this the stars had lost their ‘spiky’ edges so in an attempt to bring this back I used some liquid pearls on the points of each star. At this point it looked a big mess so I ended up completely re-doing the Polaroid bit. That’ll teach me!
So… for my new background for the owl and balloon, I added some liquid pearl ‘snow’ using Opal Pearl and some white glitter.
Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment using the pearl powder and antique linen distress ink to give it a nice 3D glossy look and glued this on. I prefer doing this with sentiments rather than using glossy accents as it’s easier and I like the way it moulds everything together.
So I’m finally done with this 3-challenges-in-1!
- Xcut Small Polka Dot Embossing Folder (6×6)
- Verity Rose ‘Starlet‘ Embossing Folder (7×5)
- Plain white card stock and white Pearlescent paper from Hobbycraft
- Stitched Rectangle Die from Tutti
- Mama Elephant ‘Polaroid Fun’ Die Set
- Xcut ‘Happy Birthday’ Mini-Die
- Lawn Fawn ‘You’re A Hoot‘ Stamp Set
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
- Ranger Liquid Pearls in ‘Opal Pearl’
- Hobbycraft White Glitter shaker