Thursday, March 7, 2013

Teacher Birthday Card










My daughter's teacher celebrates her birthday this Sunday and I had mentioned to the class Mom that I was a card maker and so she asked if I could make a card from the parents, and of course I said yes.

So using all her favourite colours and her love for nature and my new love for Inktense Pencils, I made her this card which I will also enter into this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge to use a bit of Green and
Hero Arts' Monthly Contest this time going for the Spring feel.


Paper: cardstock (PTI); watercolour paper
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Versamark; Derwent Inktense Pencils; Worn Lipstick Distress ink
Stamps: Hero Arts (Pom Pom Flower; Lattice Background stamp); PTI (Happy Harlequin - sentiment)
Other: dimensional foam; pearls; PTI Tiny Tag die; white ep; clear ep; Twine (The Twinery)

The Lattice background is white heat embossed and the flower is also heat embossed with black ink.  Both the background panel and the flower are elevated with some foam adhesive.

I'm loving the intensity of the colours.  I love how these pencils are super, super easy to use and so smooth.  I used two techniques to create the background, first  scribbling directly on the heat embossed watercolour paper and then going over it with a wet paintbrush, one colour at a time (I only used two pencils).  And then I used the direct method where you take your waterbrush to the pencil tip and pick up colour that way, it helped to intensify the colours.  Lastly I wiped the entire background with a wet baby wipe, and voila, the colours blended just like that!

Have a wonderful day!

19 comments:

Dawn Turley said...

Fabulous Brenda. The colours of the pencils really are very intense. Love the flower.

Barb said...

It's really beautiful, Brenda! LOVE the background - fabulous colors! Your flower looks so pretty too! I have a feeling your daughter's teacher will LOVE this!

joy said...

Gorgeously vibrant colors - beautiful card, Brenda!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love that distressed background ... and the pop of that pink flower.

Lin said...

LOVE how this turned out, Brenda, and a fun combination of stamps! Bet she was thrilled!

Trinh said...

Beautiful, Brenda! Love that background and thanks for sharing how you did it.

sheila said...

wow Brenda....this is just stunning! I love the depth and intensity that you have achieved in your colors..the background is just spectacular....am I gushing hahaha!

CinnamonSally said...

Love the bright background you have created Brenda it really makes the flower pop.

Jacqueline said...

This is an absolute beauty, Brenda!!

Cathy said...

Popped over from the Hero Arts flickr site Brenda, your card is stunning. Thankyou for explaining how you did your bg. It looks amazing. I've heard about the inktense pencils, I think I need them now!! :)

Lisa Carroll said...

This is stunning! I really love how that lovely flower POPS off that gorgeous background.. amazing! :) Thanks for playing along in our "Bit o' Green" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

Pam W Merwin said...

Brenda - this is beautiful! Love how vibrant the colors are. I know her teacher is going to love this :)

Moz said...

Love this card Brenda! The colors are so vibrant.. Love working with the Inktense Pencils as well. Am sure the teacher will love her card! Enjoy the weekend.
Hugz

Lisa said...

Brenda this is beautiful, so fresh and vibrant! Your background is stellar!!

Lisa said...

I LOVE this card!! The colors are so vivid!! Guess I will have to use my coupon at Michael's soon and get a set of my own....
Love how you left the white edge around the cut-out flower- it really makes it pop against that awesome b/g!!
Teacher will love this :)
XXX

Cindy C. said...

Beautifully done Brenda!

alexandra s.m. said...

Sounds like a lot of work but totally worth it for the result is simply amazing!

Bravo Brenda!!

Michelle said...

You make the coolest backgrounds, Brenda! This one is really beautiful!

Maureen Morton said...

That background takes my breath away, Brenda - WOW! I have resisted buying those pencils (already have 3 different sets of pencils), but you are making the case very strong. Love this sweet card - bet it made a classroom hit.