Friday, May 31, 2019

Birthday Cards

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For some reason I'm having a terrible time getting good pictures of my cards.  Hopefully you can still get an idea of what they look like.
I made this card for my Time Out Challenges GD reminder post.  After about 50 tries to get a picture that didn't look blurry, I gave up & made a new card using the rest of my smooshed DO glossy panel.  The original card looked fine in person & it's now made it to the recipient.  Decided I may as well post it to enter some challenges.  The DO colors are squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio, candied apple, picked raspberry & broken china.


This was my first time to use the Distress Glaze to wipe off some of the milky look of the oxides.  SSS Painted Happy Birthday die was stacked several high & the top layer was covered with Art Institute Banana Glitter which is so sparkly & pretty in person.  I used a textured yellow cardstock scrap for the mat & added yellow sequins.  I'm entering SSS Flickr 124SSS Wednesday & The Snippets Playground.
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I had an idea for a second card to enter the Altenew May Inspiration Challenge & finally last night I got it made.  This one is for my cousin who is turning 70.  We're just 2 years apart & are close in spite of living across the country from each other most of our lives.  I was born in Indianapolis where he still lives.  Recently I came across one of my favorite family pictures--my grandfather, cousin & me.


We were the first 2 grandchildren of my dad's parents.  Just wish there was a similar picture with my grandmother, but I've never seen one.  My card uses a Magenta brick stencil I'd never opened along with Altenew Layered Laurel & Painted Greetings.


I used a brush with DI pumice stone for the lightly stenciled background & stamped the laurels in Altenew Forest Glades & Frayed Leaf.  By stamping each color once for an image & twice for another image, I got 4 shades from the 2 ink pads.  I'd already cut apart the sentiment words & they're stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn.  I found a very old piece of patterned paper that was just what I needed to finish it off.  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday & WAW.
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15 comments:

  1. I love your DO smooshed card and the Distress glaze is wonderful - I notice how it brightens the colors besides protecting them from water - And I LOVE your CAS Birthday card. The subtle background looks awesome and makes the leaves POP - Have a great Weekend!

    Theresa

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  2. Such a pretty colour combination on your first card and love the pop of yellow and the bling....Great technique too x. Stunning second card with a fabulous design, love the laurels and the subtle stencilling x.

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  3. Lovely, Greta! You always inspire me, my friend! Kisses!

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  4. more wonderful cards, Greta! the smooshed one is so pretty in those colors and your Altenew entry card is perfect - looks like a winner to me. and love the family photo!!

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  5. Beautiful birthday cards. I like both of them.

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  6. oh what a lovely and treasured photo, greta! your card are wonderful! the first one doesn't look blurry to me... just full of fun texture and color! the second one is so classic and elegant!

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  7. Greta, such fabulous cards, I can only imagine how sparklie the first one looks IRL. YOur second card is a perfect man card, I am going to have to case that design for sure.

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  8. Sweet photo and simply gorgeous birthday cards!

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  9. Two lovely card techniques and a great family photo. Hugs Mrs A.

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  10. What a fun background on your first card Greta! I've had issues with photos of some cards too and like you have gone back to the drawing board. What a precious photo of you, your cousin and your grandfather. I absolutely adore the card you made for him. The soft stenciled brick is fabulous!

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  11. Love these two sweet cards, love the effectiveness of the 2nd one,

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  12. two awesome cards Greta. Your DO background is fabulous and offsets the stacked sentiment perfectly. Your brick background is just perfect for the Altenew inspiration.

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  13. Such a a lovely happy card with it's yellow and pink. You inspiration card really is very clever. The photo is adorable. Photos like that are wonderful memories.
    Faith x

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  14. Beautiful card Greta - love the smooshed background! And the photo is pne to treasure. Very precious.

    Sorry I'm a bit late commenting!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  15. I am such a fan of distress oxides and you use them to perfection. How precious is that photo of you as a Babe with your cousin and your Grandfather? I'd love to see that on a scrapbooking page with the story along side of it. Clever work obtaining four colours from two inks. Gosh, I always learn a new tip or trick when I pop into you blog. TFS

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