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I thought I would share this card I made for step son's 30th birthday at the beginning of January. Can you guess the tipple of choice for the celebrations?
I had made the background a while ago using a technique that Pauline Butcher demoed at Port Sunlight last autumn. I sprinkled colour bursts onto a piece of stencil card, then sprayed on ordinary spray starch. A piece of cling film was scrunched over, then the piece was set aside to dry. Barbara Gray does a very similar trick using just water on coated Clarity cardstock; you can check out her You Tube video here. With the spray starch you can use any cardstock, and I find if anything the cracked effect is intensified.
I stamped the toucans into place in the centre of the card using black archival. I also stamped them again onto a scrap of stencil card, and onto a post-it so I could cut out a mask.
Once I had masked off the toucans, I pulled grunge paste through the olive wreath stencil and set aside to dry.
I replaced the stencil, and sponged through distress inks. I'm not 100% sure of the colours I used now, but I think it might have been spiced marmalade, faded jeans and twisted citron. These merge and blend beautifully.
I coloured the toucans on the scrap piece of card using spectrum noir pencils and glued into place.
The edges were finished with a ruler and a black Sharpie pen, before mounting onto a card blank.
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