25 March 2021

4th Birthday Blog Hop for Topflight Stamps

Update - thank you to everyone who left so many lovely comments on the entries to the Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Blog Hop. Each of the designers randomly chose a winner and mine is Clintine Steele! Congratulations Clintine - please contact me at buttonscraft@btinternet.com to claim your prize code.

Hi everyone and welcome. Today is a special day for Topflight Stamps as they reach their 4th birthday!!! To celebrate they are hosting a Birthday Blog Hop, showcasing birthday cards created by a team of Guest Designers using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Ericka Strange's blog.


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 is 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 hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!.


The birthday card I've created is based around one of the new Sara Naumann stamp sets from PaperArtsy together with an older set and one of her new stencils. A few elements have been layered together on a stencilled background to create a collage with a feel of Spring.


Here's a quick tutorial to show how this card came together, starting with the purple flower in the centre. It's good to keep a stash of Gel Plate prints in reserve when you need to whip up a card and I had one pulled on thin tissue with a predominance of 'Spanish Mulberry' Fresco Finish paint visible. As shown below I stamped the flower collage image from Sara Naumann's stamp set ESN47 onto the tissue with embossing ink and covered those areas with clear embossing powder. Once heat set the tissue was painted with 'Heavy Cream' Fresco Finish paint and rubbed over with damp tissue just before the paint dried; in this way the image of the flower and the script around it could be 'revealed' in a slightly non-uniform way. To remove the shine left by the embossing simply add a layer of clear gesso, then cut away any parts you don't want to appear on the final card.


Moving on to the leaves I pulled another Gel Plate print onto tissue using mainly 'Zucchini' Fresco Finish paint with a dash of 'Seaglass' Fresco Finish paint. Another of the images from stamp set ESN47 was stamped over it before I turned over to the back. Wanting to reverse the leaves I glued some card to the back of the tissue, stamped the leaves (again from stamp set ESN47) and cut them out ready for the next steps. Yet another piece of Gel Plate printed tissue was added to a tea stained blank postcard onto which I re-stamped the flower collage in a deep brown permanent ink. The mulberry flower tissue piece, leaves and a piece of single ply tissue coloured with 'Violetta' Infusions were layered over the top ready for placement on the card with a little hand stitching for good measure (and extra texture).



With lots going on in the foreground of the card it was important to keep the background relatively simple. After brayering and brushing on various blue Fresco Finish paints I applied PaperArtsy Grunge Paste through Sara Naumann's PS219 stencil, and then once dry scraped a little more across the top. Cut into a square the stencilled paper was inked around the edges and distressed before being matted onto layers of complimentary coloured card, with yet another piece of coordinating purple Gel Plate printed tissue added on top. It's easy to pick up on the dotty design below by running a brayer over the top to apply a little white gesso.


To finish the card the main floral panel was matted onto a piece of vellum and dimensional foam tape before being stuck onto the background. You'll see from the close ups below that the little rectangular element in the floral collage was further enhanced by being stamped onto a contrasting piece of card, fussy cut and glued in place. The birthday sentiment, stamped onto more tea stained card, comes from Sara Naumann's stamp set ESN37 by PaperArtsy. After being edged with ink and distressed it was mounted onto a piece of coordinating card and layered over the floral panel.



That's all from me. Follow along with the rest of the Birthday Blog Hop by hopping over to Autumn Clark's blog here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog. And don't forget to comment on each of the blog posts to be in with a chance of winning!

48 comments:

  1. I love this pretty card Jenny! We do very much appreciate you joining us for the Hop. =)

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  2. Hi Jenny, Thank you for sharing.

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  3. All my favorite colors!! Love the Paper Artsy chalk paints. Thanks for the inspiration

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  4. The textures you created really stand out in your card design. The background is very cool.

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  5. I like the added texture of the cross stitches - great addition! From Laura P, in case it shows up as unknown

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  6. Pretty card and great detailed instructions!

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  7. Love the colors and the different textures.

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  8. You made a very pretty card.

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  9. Beautiful card! I love all the little details, layers, and textures - and the hand stitching!

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  10. What a great card! I love the colors and textures that you added.

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  11. What fun textures! So much to look at! I need to start using paints more. :)

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  12. Cool card- thanks for sharing your instructions.

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  13. I love the mixed media approach to cardmaking!

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  14. Sooooooo many beautiful layers and cool spring colors - thank you for sharing your process!

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  15. Im going to have to dust off my gel plate and put it to use. Very inspiring

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  16. Oh wow all the details. Will have to bookmark and come back to study latter. The cross stitch is very interesting.

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  17. Jenny, you know I adore your creations and this is no exception. I love pulling together a quick card from leftover prints and inky papers, so this is right up my alley in terms of inspiration. It's wonderful to have you hopping with us! Big hugs, Autumn

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  18. I love this color palette and all of the thoughtful layering! Your textures and added stitching really takes this card to the next level! So beautiful!

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  19. Love all the texture on the card. Amazing mixed media appeal!! Love it all.

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  20. Wow, pretty fantastic! Love your use of layering printed tissue paper over prints. It is a very cool effect.

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  21. Lovely card...love the addition of the stitching! and thank you for the detailed instructions! I will definitely make a version of this card, and I love the colors you chose! Thanks for taking the time to give detailed instructions and for posting!!! Happiest Birthday Blessings to Top Flight!!!

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  22. Pretty colors and textures! Love the stitching detail! Great card for the birthday celebration hop!

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  23. Thank you so much for the instructions and step-out photos of your creative process. Your card is absolutely beautiful with so many great details and textures. The cross stitched accents add the perfect finishing touch.

    By the way, this tip is genius. " To remove the shine left by the embossing simply add a layer of clear gesso."

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  24. after viewing ALL the Birthday cards for Topflight, I have returned to your Blog to let you know that YOUR card appealed to me the most! There are cards (to celebrate this occasion) to satisfy everyone's tastes and you feed my soul with yours. Thank you! Clintine Steele

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  25. love all the texture in your cards

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  26. I love all the textures and layers. I need to add this Paperartsy set to my list!

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  27. A great mix of colours and textures x

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  28. Great mixed media card! from Fonda using my wife's computer.

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  29. Such a special card. Wow love all the details!

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  30. Aren't those paints awesome - awesome cards!

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  31. Lovely cards, great textures.

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  32. The little bit of stitching adds so much...this is very cool.

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  33. love your style & color palette!!!

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  34. wow -awesome technique - LOVE the texture you created

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  35. The colors, the layers, the cross stitches ...So exceptional!

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  36. So many techniques you have explained here, Jenny, I am a little overwhelmed, but I will have to return to your details and try to replicate some of them! I love the simple stencil use with the dots - and, like many of the other comments, who couldn't notice and be impressed with the added attraction of the cross-stitches??? I'm hooked, or should I say, I'm crossed! Nice color choices, too!

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  37. Love all the different elements you put together on this card!

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  38. What a pretty card - lovely sentiment!

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  39. Nice combination. Great layering.

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  40. Thanks for sharing this lovely card! I love it! ❤️

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  41. I love all the textures on this card!

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  42. Wow! Love your stamping with the paint and how beautiful your card is!!! I am amazed!!

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  43. I love your card but covering the beautiful blue background would have been difficult for me. I like the acrylic paints for the base of a card.

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  44. Love your card especially x marks the spot. What an appropriate sentiment for the best 4th party ever! TOPFLIGHT TO THE SKIES!

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  45. Gorgeous card and I love the colors and textures you used! So pretty!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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