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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Watercolour birthday card

Hello everyone

I can't believe I haven't blogged since March! Where does the time go? It was still cold, grey and not much sign of spring when I was last here talking to you and now we're almost midway through June, we've had two tastes of summer a few weeks apart, blossoms and flowers bursting into colour everywhere I look and today, torrential rain, thunder and lightning!

So, how is your year going? I must catch up with all of your blogs this evening so look out for a friendly comment or two from me later!

Now, for the card I'd like to share today. It was my sister's birthday last month. I love her dearly and don't know where I would be without her, so I wanted to do something a bit different and special for her card and decided to try a watercolour type design. I haven't done much watercolour work so I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I was very pleased with the end result.

I took a piece of watercolour cardstock and glued on part of a doily and some small die cut shapes, plus a strip of ribbon. Then I dripped various distress inks onto the card and spritzed it liberally with my mister and allowed the colours to travel wherever they chose. Then I carefully dried it with my heat tool, making sure I didn't get too much heat near the ribbon because I didn't want it to melt!

I continue adding ink and re spritzing and drying until I was happy with it. then I decided to add some cotton crochet ribbon across the bottom and add ink to that, again making sure it was well moistened so the ink would become more dilute and would spread.

I already had the cupcake outline shape die-cut left over from another project, so I used the die to cut the cake case and topping/candle and pieced it all together, which took an age to do but was well worth it. Next I added the flowers, coloured in the candle with a distress marker and added some coloured gems to the cake topping.

It was looking a little un-done still, so I stamped the little butterflies onto the little die cut shapes and then added a couple of part splats of ink using another stamp. I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment and added some sequins. Then I went in with another stamp and very lightly stamped a few hexagons here and there. Then I chose two colours of papers to matt it onto and the whole lot was fixed to the front of a white card.

Finally I went over it lightly with pumice stone distress ink to pull out some of the design on the doily and to just lift things away from the coloured background a little.

So, that was the front done. Now for the inside!

For this I gathered ink pads in the same colours as I'd used on the front and using a blending tool, applied and blended patches of the different inks all over the inside of the card. I kept adding colour and blending until I was happy with it. Then I stamped the sentiment, butterflies, splats and hexagons, glued a few sequins here and there, and that was it, card finished!

My sister absolutely loved it.

So, I hope you like this creation and would love to hear from you in the comments box.

And finally, I have some very exciting news to share with you. My new website is now up and running, where I sell crafting materials. Currently there are only a couple of manufacturers' products on there, but it is growing and more will be added within the next week! I'd love it if you would take a look ..... here's a link: www.beebaab.co.uk.

OK, that's all from me for today.

Take care and I'll be back to share another card soon.

Love from Julie x