Birthday Cards

Wishing You A Beautiful Birthday | Technique Tuesday


Hello there, I hope you’re doing well in spite of everything that’s going on and how much every day life has been turned on its end.  I have a quick card to share today and I hope that a few minutes of crafty time with me might be a nice break from any worries you’re carrying.

This very purple card features the March Greenhouse Society stamp set from Technique Tuesday: Alluring Orchids.

I started by using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and Hero Arts clear embossing powder to heat emboss the orchid onto Fabriano Artistico Extra White Cold Press watercolor paper.

Next, I used Brusho to watercolor the orchid image.  Brusho is a highly concentrated pigment powder (similar to Color Burst powders) and just a teeny bit goes a long way. I tapped a very small amount of Purple pigment powder onto my glass work surface and then added a single drop of clean water.  Using a round 2 brush, I added a bit of pigment to the inner area of a petal and then pulled out the color with a waterbrush pen filled with clear water.  I repeated this process for each of the petals, and the small bud, and then used greens to color the stems.  The color variation of the orchids (blue purple and red purple) is part of the Purple pigment itself which I knew at the onset.  I love how some of the Brusho powders have a combination of colors!  When the image was dry, I used the coordinating die to cut it out.

Next, I used Post-it Tape to mask off the edges of an A2-sized piece of Neenah Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Using foam blending tools, I blended Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender Distress Oxide inks onto the panel.  I removed the mask and then stamped the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set, in Nocturne ink.

To assemble the card, I adhered the orchid to the background with foam tape and then adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thank you so much for visiting!


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