Saturday, 3 January 2015

A simple birthday card

Hello everyone.  Yes its me again;  two blog posts in less than a week!  What's going on? 

I just want to say a big thank you for all the lovely messages I've received during these last few days since I announced that I am now part of the Claritystamp Challenge Blog Design Team.  Your kind words, and appreciation of my work mean a lot to me.

Main Ingredients (all from Claritystamp)
Gelli card
Brick wall stencil
Stencil brushes
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Slate Adirondack Ink
NDC Stamp 96

This is a very simple birthday card which I've made for my stepson Adam using a technique we've used a couple of times at Maria Simms' workshops:  using a stencil to create a frame for a stamped image.

I attached the stencil to a piece of gelli card with low tack masking tape, then using the palest colour, Antique Linen, I brushed round the edge of the stencil with sweeping circular movements, working inwards and making sure to leave a white area in the middle.

This was repeated using the next colour, Frayed Burlap, in the same way,but taking care not to come as far into the centre of the card.
Finally, I added depth around the edges with Slate.
Then I removed the stencil and you can see the finished effect.
Once trimmed back a little, this card was finished very simply with a statement stamp and matted onto black card.  Sometimes things don't need to be complicated.
Thanks Maria for the inspiration for this card.  Its amazing how the same technique can look so different depending on the choice of colours, stencil and stamp.  I think I'll be using it a lot when I need to make a quick, but effective card. 
Thanks for taking the time to pop in;  I'd love to know what you think.  Till next time.  Xxx 



  1. Brilliant card Barbara. Love the colours you have used too. Xxx

  2. What a wonderful card - simple, but so effective :-) x

    1. Thanks Carole. Sometimes simple is just what we need. Xxx

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    1. Thanks for popping in Theresa. Sometimes less is more. Xxx

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    1. Thanks Barbara. This stamp lends itself so well to this graffiti look. I loved your NDC project, but needed to do something super quick. Maybe I will get the gelli plate out next time. Xxx

  5. I did a similar card a few weeks ago but did a Gelli plate bakground, used the same stamp in the middle. Love your idea with the wall great.

  6. I need to get my gelli plate out too. Love this stamp, its great for boys cards. Xxx

  7. Love the shading on your wall Barbara. x

  8. Thanks Angela. The Clarity stencil brushes make it very easy. Xxx

  9. A great card and as you say, it does not have to take forever or be complicated to be effective. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment. xxx Maggie

  10. Thanks for stopping by Maggie. Glad you like the card. Xxx

  11. this is wonderful Barbara and thanks for your kind words xx