Hi friends! Who doesn’t like a wreath and a rainbow? I always smile when I see such happy colors like the Rainbow Glimmer Paper. Today I encourage you to add a rainbow to your birthday cards and make someone smile.
The Arrange a Wreath Bundle is AWESOME. Take a look. If you like wreaths, this die set will cover every season.
I had some pre-inked panels that were leftover from some stenciling projects. (I try never to waste ink. After I use the stencil for sponging on ink, I will mist it with water and flip it over. I press it onto several pre-cut card panels (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). I keep these panels in an open box on my desk for projects such as these.)
Here are the 3 cards.
MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES
- Balmy Blue cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
- Basic Black cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ plus scrap for sentiment
- Thick Whisper White cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″ plus scraps for flowers
- Rainbow Glimmer Paper: 6″ x 12″
- Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
- Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
- Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
- When dry, add another layer of color.
- Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
- If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
- After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
- EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.
CREATING PIECES & PARTS
Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.
Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.
Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.
Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.
OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.
Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.
Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.
Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.
- Use one of the lightly inked panels from reverse stenciling.
- Randomly stencil dots with white embossing paste and a Decorative Mask stencil.
Wreath & Flowers
- Die-cut wreaths from Rainbow Glimmer paper using the Wreath Builder dies.
- Die-cut several flowers from Thick Whisper White and the Wreath Builder dies.
- OPTIONAL: Die-cut a spray of narrow leaves using the Christmas Layers dies.
- Die-cut flower centers using the North Pole Wonder dies or any other die or punch that will result in a small circle.
- Stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthday in Whisper White Craft ink on Black cardstock.
- Heat emboss with white embossing powder. TIP: To remove stray embossing powder, use a very fine tip artist brush and dab at the particles.
- Trim embossed sentiment as shown.
- Stamp, emboss, and die-cut dragonflies from Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies on Vellum.
- Use vellum foliage die-cuts from Forever Flourishing dies.
- Add bow from coordinating Bakers Twine. HINT: Paper Pumpkin kits are a great source of extras.
- Assemble as shown.
- Use Dimensionals behind some of the flowers and the sentiment.
- Customize the envelope and message insert for an extra special touch.
- Send the card to someone having a Birthday and make them smile.
What do you do with all those bits of leftover Rainbow Glimmer paper? Create an art strip or panel, of course. I added the Playing with Pattern Resin Dots to the flower centers. I like the way the matte finish tones down all that luscious sparkle a bit. Using the ‘HAPPY’ from the Happy dies and the ‘BIRTHDAY’ from the Well Said stamp set worked great.
Creating the panel was fun. But I could not have done it without my Take Your Pick tool, tweezers, and a little liquid glue. You should have seen me on the floor looking for some of the tiny bits to fill in some spaces.
Thank you for spending your time with me. I appreciate all my readers and creators. Go add a rainbow to your birthday cards and spread some joy.
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