I got the idea for this technique from this post on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. Her post gives the exact details how to create the background using watercolour paper, distress inks, and perfect pearls. If you have never read or watched any of her tutorials and card ideas, you should definitely check her out. I’ve learned a lot of my techniques, tips, and even craft room storage from watching and learning from her. She’s a card-making goddess! Check out her blog here.
After creating my backgrounds per Jennifer’s instructions, I made two very different versions of the cards. The bright, bold Celebrate was given to my Godmother on her 60th birthday that we celebrated in the stunning island of Santorini, Greece. I used stamps from several collections of Stamps by Chloe. If you’ve never seen her stamps, you should check them out. She’s a girl after my own heart as she loves to use glitter and embossing powders on all her beautiful creations. She’s frequently selling her collection and teaching fun techniques on Hochanda, a crafting television station, here in Ireland and the UK.
I stamped both the number 60 and the sentiment onto clear acetate since there are no dies to go with these stamp sets and I didn’t want a white border around them and fussy cutting would have been an insane idea. Then I discreetly attached to the card front by hiding the adhesive under the number stamps and wrapping it around the entire background (for the sentiment) and attached behind. I filled in the numbers and letters with a hot pink glitter to give it an extra punch!
*Just remember when stamping onto acetate, you will need to use StazOn ink and be very careful lifting up from the acetate as stamps easily slip on the slick surface. But, if you do make a mistake, you can use a baby wipe and start again. Also make sure you hit the stamped image with a quick blast of the heat gun to set the ink or you’ll smear it.
The brightly coloured martini drinks were made by stamping the image, then using a Versamark pen to fill in the glass and heat embossing using Chloe’s WOW! Embossing powders. This set was so fun to use as all the names of the embossing powders are after a cocktail. How appropriate! To finish off the glass look, I added glossy accents on top of the embossed areas as well as the glass stems.
For the inside, I heat embossed a fun sentiment from Simon Says Stamps and created another fruity martini drink and glued it next to the sentiment.
The metal-looking version was given to my dad for his birthday and what I did to put the card together is pretty straightforward. What you might not be able to tell, is the sentiment is done with heat embossing to help it stand out on the grey cardstock.
Stamps: Stamps by Chloe Cocktail Stamps, Time to Celebrate Stamp, Large Numbers; Hero Arts Highline Ironworks background stamp; Simon Says Stamps Big Scripty Greetings, Happy 3×4 stamp set
Inks: Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen; StazOn Jet Black; Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark Watermark
Paper: Crafter’s Companion watercolour paper, Stix2 Anything heat resistant acetate
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, Perfect Pearls powder; WOW! Embossing Powders in Cosmopolitan, Taquila Sunrise, Grape Crush, Kir Royal, Blue Hawaii; Stamps by Chloe Sparkelicious Hot Hot Hot glitter; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Docrafts heat gun, Versamark watermark pen