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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Friday, 20 December 2013

Birthday Sparkle

Today I am showing you a card that I made a few weeks ago for one of sisters whose birthday was at the start of the month. The base card is a white 6" square with a pink mat cut slightly smaller.The top layer is made using white card again and a stencil from Imaginations Crafts. First I anchored the stencil down with masking tape, and then used more tape to cover all but the area I was working on. Using just one colour at a time the flowers leaves and stems were coloured with duster brushes and Distress Inks. I think the colours I used were spun sugar, peeled paint and probably vintage photo. I used a yellow pen for the flower centres. I then covered the flowers again and uncovered the butterflies and applied Imagination sparkle medium to them. This is one of the new ones that I bought at the NEC last month and is called Rose Shimmer, it is a pretty mixture of pink and gold. Next I removed the stencil and left the sparkle to dry completely, then I replaced the stencil and used the spun sugar ink to colour the centre square and then overstamped it with the birthday greeting. It was quite a job doing the multi coloured stencilling but I was quite pleased with the result.
I am entering this at, Seize The Birthday - Anything Birthday
                                Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Thank you for taking a look and for all your comments which are much appreciated.


  1. What a lovely card very cleverly done with all those colours and that pretty sparkle medium, and the sentiment in the centre finishes it perfectly. I'm sure your sister loved it. x

  2. A beautiful card, love the pale colours and design.

  3. So delicate and soft and pretty, Jean. Thanks for sharing how you did it. May be I should try this too. I generally do one colour for the entire stencil. Your background looks SUPERB.
    Merry Christmas.

  4. Oh Jean, this is such a soft & lovely technique on this pretty card. Thanks for explaining how you did it. I have a ton of stencils and I will have to try this after the holidays. Your Imagination Sparkle product is new to me as well. It certainly created a lovely glimmer on your card. I'm sure your sister loved this one. TFS & Merry Christmas.

  5. I'm having a catch-up session. (I might even do my Friday post in a minute!). This is so pretty. I'm guessing it's for Brenda? I love all the different colours on one stencil. Kate x

  6. Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Love the colours. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas.
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  7. Such a lovely card Jean! The background is so week done and the added shimmer from the butterflies is lovely! Thanks for joining the girls and I over at Seize the Birthday!

  8. This is really beautiful. Love the light airy feel of it. And of course, in my opinion you can't go wrong with butterflies.

  9. Hi Jean . . . this is a delightful birthday card. Refreshingly spring-like on this dull day!

    Happy New Year to you. xxx

  10. Beautiful card Jean, great color combo, design and of course sparkle! Visiting from MIM, Donna