Friday, March 31, 2023

Abstract Blue Birthday


I recently taught a card class where I followed a tutorial by Natasha Foote to make some abstract backgrounds.   

I used Semco mica paints (a very cheap set) and diluted the blue to three shades to add variety.
We only made backgrounds in class, and this is one I finished into a card

The mica paints added interest with the shimmer and shine, and then I randomly stamped and embossed with a silver hologram embossing powder, an abstract 'doodle' .

The sentiment was stamped in blue (using a magazine freebie stamp), die cut using an oval die, and then sponged with the same blue before removing it from the die - I then doodled some faux stitching around the edge with a silver pen.
The feature panel was wiped over the blue ink before being adhered to the base, as was the inside panel.


brenda said...

What an interesting creation Maxine, I am finding myself returning to look again. It puts me in mind of childhood days when we used to lay in the meadows on the farm and look up at the clouds to find shapes.

B x

cotnob said...

This is lovely Maxine, I have just been having a browse through everything I have missed, you have been making some super cards.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Gerrina said...

Great start with the geametric backgrounds!I love the blues... Hugs, Gerrina

jimlynn said...

Blue just happens to be my favorite color - so I LOVE this! Interesting background and so pretty in all the shades of blue. Great card for a guy and your great grandson will love it.

Cynthia said...

Lovely design, Maxine. The shimmery shades are blue are eye catching. I'm sure your great grandson will love this! Thank you for sharing at Word Art Wednesday this week.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

It's a very interesting and different background, love the shades and the shining! And it's perfect to match the sentiment and the doodles!

KraftyKoolKat said...

An awesome creation Maxine, inside and out.

Cinderella said...

Hello Maxine,

Wow amazing background you made it looks fabulous.
And it`s always nice to join in workshops and create beautiful things together.
Have a nice weekend
Hugs and Creativity

Rachael said...

So distinctive - I love how you made the shimmery background its so pretty!Thank you for sharing with us over at polkadoodles, good luck with the challenge!

aussie aNNie said...

Looks really classic and beautiful! Love the colours ♥

Ilonka said...

A lovely card, thanks for sharing it with us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.
Hugs Ilonka DT

Ellibelle said...

What a great design, Maxine with a fun retro feel! Love the silver accents and you finished the inside very fitting with the classic cars! Love it!
Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!
Ellibelle's Corner

Bonnie Lynn said...

Beautifully done. Love your clean and simple feel. Thanks for joining us this week at Pammies Inky Pinkies. Hope to see you again. Bonnie DT

Karen Letchworth said... pretty Maxine. I love the silver embossing and the awesome car washi tape. Love it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings!!!

JD/ Jill said...

Nicely done background! Great colors!

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

What a wonderful card! You did well with the background! I like all the shimmer and the shine! Delighted to have you join us at Krafty Chicks Challenge for Anything Goes week.
Diane - DT

Jane Savage said...

Love that pretty shimmer...gorgeous!
Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

Lori Podolsky said...

Awesome card, Maxine! Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Good luck, and hope to see you again. Lori-DT

Julie Reed said...

Love the shades of Blue, thanks for sharing with us at the Paper Shelter this week.
Julie DT

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

What a fun birthday card for a boy - these are not easy to do and you mastered it!

Neet said...

I've clicked on the link - you are so good at finding things that bit different for us to look at. I'll go and see it shortly.
This is a lovely card with lots of shimmer and sparkle. I do like how you have echoed the silver embossing in other parts of the card and I love the washi tape inside.
Blessings, Neet xx

MeSi said...

Adorable! I love the blue colour scheme. Thank you for sharing at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge. Hope to see you again!

Merja DT

Brenda said...

Wow Maxine, I think this card is so cool looking! I love this idea, very artsy and vintage/modern looking. I bet your great grandson love it too! Hugs, Brenda