Monday, February 17, 2014

Silver and Blue Birthday


Welcome - is it really a week since I was here?? 

I hope you were not looking for me - I have been crawling around a garden, pushing the lawnmower and the worst of all, I had a migraine - oh, and hubby wanted my computer to follow the cricket on, as we do not have pay TV.

But, I got some time in the studio yesterday, and got this card made.


I am really disappointed with the camera as it has picked up the the sparkly flower as gray with glints, when IRL it is really a very pretty, clear silver.


The background is stencilled using Broken China Distress ink through a mesh bag - the sort you get your fruit in.  It was a bit fiddly to use as it kept wanting to spring away, but the use of masking tape, holding the mesh onto a glass cutting board sorted that problem.


The top panel was a scrap that I found in my stash of odd and ends - after tearing the bottom edge I inked it with some silver ink - bad move, so I then dipped it into silver embossing powder and heated it and volia - success!


After assembling the card I felt it still lacked something, so sprayed it with a silver shimmering mist - still not happy, I rounded two of the corners.   I then thought of adding some pearls, and was scrabbling around to find them when I came across some clear rhinestones -  I added them top and bottom and was finally happy with the card.


There is a lot of shimmer and shine on this card, and the more I see it the more I like it - I am allowed to say that, aren't I?

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22 comments:

Dawn Turley said...

what a clever idea to use a mesh bag as a stencil Maxine. A lovely card.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Yes- I think you can say that as I agree with you- just beautiful! Love the silver embossing and the silver flower. The colors look fab together- love the technique thru the fruit bag- great look!

Susan said...

This is very nice Maxine. Well done. I love the colours and must try the mesh bag idea.

brenda said...

Great ink and stencil work Maxine, thank you for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

I would love it if you joined in my Spellbinder blog celebration here

B x

Branka said...

You are making such a beautifull cards!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW! Maxine, my jaw just dropped at the amazing artistic and stunning look of your birthday card!

Irish Cherokee said...

The card is well done and the techniques are clever. Even without seeing the actual color I can see it in my mind and it is exceptional.

jimlynn said...

I would have never thought to use a mesh bag for stenciling - and yet it worked just perfect! SO pretty and love that flower!
Lynn

cass said...

Beautifully designed card, thanks for joining us at Open Minded Challenges this fortnight

Jennie said...

How creative to use a mesh bag!!! Instant stencil :) Lovely card Maxine and love the color combo of blue/silver.

Susan Kennedy said...

This is fantastic!!! I LOVE how you used the mesh to stencil.. it looks FANTASTIC!! LOL Bad move with the silver ink? Did it not look right? I love the silver embossing powder on it!! That looks fantastic! Really a FANTASTIC card!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

- Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
{Scrap A Thousand Words}

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Fantastic! Thank you for joining us at The Crafting Cafe - Good Luck!

Nikki Stalker said...

Lovely card. Great background and colours. Thanks for playing along at ABC Challenges.

Nikki

Lovely Linda said...

I don't know how I missed this card - love the shimmer and the colours! The techniques you used are always inspiring! {{{hugs}}}

Erin Bentley said...

What a gorgeous card. Thank you for joining our Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore this month.

Hugs Erin DT x

Ellie said...

Fabulous creation! Loving all the details!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More!

Karen said...

Thank you so much for joining us at Open Minded Crafting Fun for our Monochrome Challenge and good luck!

Hugs,
Karen. DT.xx

Linby said...

Love the sparkle and perfect for our challenge thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
Lynn x

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Really gorgeous card! I totally adore how you have recycled the fruit bag!!! Very clever. Love all the embossing on the top as well.

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 500 followers come and join in http://crafting-vicky.blogspot.ca/2014/02/woooow-celebration-in-order-its-500.html

Gaynor said...

Such a beautiful card. Thank you for joining Little Claire in our latest blog challenge. Xx Gaynor LCDT

perfectly4med said...

Lots of layers and textures on here - lovely! One tip for photographing silver is to use daylight or more than one light source... it really is tricky :S

Thanks for joining us at The Crafting Cafe this month, and good luck!

Neil

Jody @Treasured Times Stamps said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for participating in our challenge over at Treasured Times Rubber Stamps!