It's Topflight Stamps 4th birthday! I'm joining in the celebration along with a group of fabulous designers to share handmade birthday cards that showcase many of the unique products available at Topflight Stamps (including my stamps and embossing powders!) I hope you'll enjoy my cards and tutorial and then continue to hop along with us to see the variety of fantastic products from this talented bunch. (And make sure to stick around to the end to find out how you can win a gift card.) Updated... winner is on the bottom of the post!
If you're following in order then you should have arrived here from Rachel Greig's blog, but if not - no worries! Get the full list of participants and links to their blogs at the bottom of this post.
For my contribution I've used my stamps from PaperArtsy and my Boho Blends embossing powders from Emerald Creek to make a pair of mixed media birthday cards.
I put together a little tutorial to show you how I made these and which products I used to achieve the various effects. Ready to get started?
Step 1: I started out with Neenah Extra Heavy folded cards and used Lavinia Acetate Circle Masks along with Prism dye ink from Hunkydory and a blender brush to put down three circles of ink on the front of my card.
Step 2: I traced the Lavinia masks onto plain copy paper and cut out the circles to create masks for my stamps (the acetate masks will work too, but they're a bit thicker and so it creates a bigger gap between the stamp and the edge of the circle when you stamp over the mask. The thickness of the acetate is perfect for inking, though.)
I laid the paper masks over top and matched them up with the inked areas, then used designs from my different PaperArtsy stamp sets, stamping repeatedly, to fill the inked circles with pattern. (The set in the photo is my EGL10 set - Japanese Patterns. I also used EGL11 - Suzani Florals as well as my new EGL13 set, Botanical Illustrations.) I stamped with a combination of the Prism Dye Ink Pads as well as Hero Arts Ombré pads.
Step 3: I took the Prism Glimmer Mist in Glamour Gold and instead of spraying, I opened the bottle and used the tube for the sprayer as a skewer and drew rough outlines around my circles with the gold ink.
Step 4: I used bits of washi tape along the edges (two of the designs by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create) and then cut circles from the Colorful Circles washi from l'Encre et l'Image and adhered them onto the card (I used a glue stick since handling them during cutting takes away a lot of the stickiness.)
Step 5: For each of the cards, I chose one of the frames from my new EGL14 (Ornate Frames) stamp set and stamped on watercolor paper with embossing ink and then used some of my Boho Blends embossing powders to heat emboss the images. (For this piece I used Kano Green and Moroccan Sun.)
Step 6: I added sentiments to the birthday cards by using a small alphabet set to stamp my words, then I cut out my frames and edged them with more Prism ink (I used Smoked Paprika here) and then adhered them onto the card with Hunkydory Finger Lift Double-Sided tape.
Step 7: To finish, I added some self-adhesive rhinestones (Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles Glitter Gemstones - Gold Sparkles) onto the main frame to highlight my stamped sentiment and then just used a regular pen to scribble borders and add a few marks.
Voilà! Completed mixed media birthday cards. I love the look of layering ink, stamping, embossing, and washi tape all mixed together to highlight the celebratory sentiments and I'm excited to have these ready and waiting for the next time I need a birthday card :)
I hope you enjoyed both the cards and the tutorial... here are a few more close-ups so you can see both of the completed cards.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store!
But wait, there's more. Each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the blog hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st.
Updated with the winner - congratulations to Mary Herman!
Please contact me or Topflight Stamps to get the code for your $25 gift certificate.
If you want to follow along and see all of the posts in the hop (and comment on each to enter to win one of the gift certificates!) here's the list of participating designers:
3/25/2021 12:45:05 am
Thank you for sharing 🎂🌻
3/25/2021 12:46:08 am
Such beautiful boho birthday cards Gwen! Thank you for joining us in the Hop. =)
3/25/2021 01:28:39 am
3/25/2021 01:41:23 am
Thank you for the tutorial. It was interesting how you created these mixed media cards. Love them!!
3/25/2021 01:57:32 am
Love the teal green color you used on these two lovely cards. From Laura P, in case it shows up as unknown
3/25/2021 03:01:43 am
Loving the mixed media cards! So much fun and interesting details!! Really need to add some Paper Artsy to my stash!!
3/25/2021 07:22:15 am
Beautiful card - really different.
3/25/2021 07:35:36 am
I love all the details and texture! Lots of fun, vibrant colors too.
3/25/2021 07:53:30 am
Your cards are amazing.
3/25/2021 08:20:09 am
Neat cards! Just starting to utilize mixed media so thank you for the inspiration!
3/25/2021 08:21:29 am
What great details in your cards. I thought the spots were paint at first. They look cool.
3/25/2021 08:39:31 am
Cool cards. Thanks for the detailed instructions- helps alot to understand how you created these magnificient cards!
3/25/2021 08:59:10 am
I love your mixed media! Thank you for posting!
3/25/2021 09:08:39 am
Thank you for sharing!
3/25/2021 09:08:44 am
Ohh how fun - I love how you built the backgrounds with the circle elements. It's so satisfying to create with your own stamps, too... I hadn't noticed the Japanese element set before - I will be adding that one to my list! So glad you got to join the hop - happy birthday to Topflight!
3/25/2021 09:32:40 am
Your since of color is outstanding. Love the rough cut tag and use of circle mask.
3/25/2021 10:08:41 am
Love your unique style!
3/25/2021 10:19:22 am
Super cards! I need to try that masking technique 😍
3/25/2021 10:26:00 am
Gwen, I love your stamp designs and am thrilled that you've joined us for this hop. Your cards are both fabulous and I love the circles overlapped with the cool frames. Great work, as always. Hugs, Autumn
3/25/2021 11:00:15 am
I love the patterns inside the circles and the dimensional look of the embossed frames!
3/25/2021 11:45:40 am
Lovely mixed media projects!!
3/25/2021 12:39:49 pm
Wow, love the intricate artistic designs on these cards. Just picked up some of your powders...waiting for them to arrive!
3/25/2021 12:57:29 pm
Wow- thanks for sharing these amazing cards.
3/25/2021 02:32:04 pm
What colorful cards! Love all the details and thanks for the instructions of how you created the cards! Thank you for posting!!
3/25/2021 03:26:32 pm
Beautiful mixed media cards! I love the colors and textures, and the way you framed the sentiments!
3/25/2021 03:38:28 pm
Love the rich colors.
3/25/2021 04:13:36 pm
Delightfully unique cards with a beautiful organic vibe and lovely colour palette and patterning!
3/25/2021 04:32:54 pm
Love what you did with the frames
3/25/2021 07:13:19 pm
the masking made such pretty circles
3/25/2021 09:50:08 pm
I really like the the layers of ink and images that are visual and textural layers without the bulk. These are super cute!
3/25/2021 11:39:53 pm
Good thing for real classes and teaching Gwen!
3/26/2021 06:23:20 am
Absolutely gorgeous cards!! Thanks for sharing the steps to create them!
3/26/2021 07:10:45 am
Love your blending!!
3/26/2021 07:18:28 am
Fun, Fucolourful and interesting cards.
Sharon L Gullikson
3/26/2021 11:28:24 am
The circles look great. I love how you put this all together. Great job. Very artistic.
3/26/2021 12:26:40 pm
Love these eclectic colorful beauties
3/27/2021 12:08:50 pm
oh what great cards - love the colors
3/27/2021 02:56:51 pm
I was fascinated by the way you built your circles backgrounds. You are very patient to cut circles out of washi tape! I'm inspired to try a boho styled card.
3/27/2021 06:37:08 pm
I keep seeing masks in sets but each time I need to be reminded about their usage. You explained it right up front and now I cannot wait to try a mask! That Arabian-themed frame attracted me when I watched your FB tutorial last week! How fun is that! Very clever, Gwen!
3/28/2021 02:11:14 am
I love the rich colors on your cards!
3/28/2021 05:51:59 pm
Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing!
3/28/2021 08:27:52 pm
Great look at the creation process.
3/28/2021 09:27:51 pm
Wow!! Thanks for sharing these cool techniques to make awesome cards! 🤩
3/28/2021 10:29:02 pm
Fabulous and fun cards!!! Looks like fun projects too!! Loved the colors and the way you made different areas on your beautiful cards!!
3/29/2021 11:38:32 am
Great design—tfs how you madecc bc them!
Laurie F Helgason
3/29/2021 06:49:13 pm
Wonderful cards. I need to remember that the whole stamp does not need to be used, like the butterflies in the circle. Great way to get more use of our stamps.
3/29/2021 10:35:00 pm
Lovely boho designs, such a fun technique to create these cards, thanks for the inspiration.
3/30/2021 11:08:29 pm
Love your bubbles you created and then layered over top. TopFlight selections of stamps are truly ALL THAT!
3/31/2021 01:19:09 pm
Thank you for choosing my comment, Gwen, to be your winner today! You can reach me at email@example.com.
4/11/2021 03:53:10 pm
Beautiful card and I love all the mixtures of colors! So bright and happy, perfect for a birthday celebration!
2/28/2022 05:23:35 am
Very much appreciated. Thank you for this excellent article. Keep posting!
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